The return of “The Walking Dead” shot AMC to the top of the cable rankings for Sunday, but the show came back with slightly smaller numbers.

Sunday’s midseason premiere drew a 6.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 13.74 million viewers. That’s down from both the final episode of 2015 (7.0, 13.98 million) and the Season 5b debut in February 2015 (8.0, 15.64 million).

“Talking Dead” (3.1) on the other hand, was way up over its last few episodes as it aired immediately after the “Walking Dead” episode instead of following “Into the Badlands.”

The NBA All-Star Game scored a 2.7 for TNT, up a tick from last year’s 2.6. “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (1.0) and “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” (0.8) were both down some from their recent averages.

Not cracking the Top 100 was the premiere of “Vinyl” on HBO, which managed only a 0.2 and 764,000 viewers for its first airing.

Top 100 cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016

Show Net Time Viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
WALKING DEAD AMC 9:00 PM 13,742 6.8
TALKING DEAD AMC 10:03 PM 6,442 3.1
2016 NBA ALL STAR GAME TNT 8:40 PM 6,181 2.7
WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 8:00 PM 4,898 2.2
NBA ALLSTAR TIP OFF TNT 7:00 PM 3,540 1.5
WALKING DEAD AMC 11:01 PM 2,642 1.3
WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 7:00 PM 2,767 1.1
FAMILY GUY ADSM 10:30 PM 2,148 1.1
REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA BRVO 8:00 PM 2,600 1.0
FROZEN DSNY 7:00 PM 3,887 1.0
RICK & MORTY ADSM 11:00 PM 1,730 0.9
WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 6:00 PM 2,065 0.8
KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS ENT 9:00 PM 1,693 0.8
FAMILY GUY ADSM 10:00 PM 1,743 0.8
WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 5:00 PM 1,914 0.8
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 2,128 0.8
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 5:30 PM 1,864 0.7
WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 3:30 PM 1,742 0.7
ROBOT CHICKEN ADSM 11:30 PM 1,326 0.7
WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 2:30 PM 1,633 0.7
AMERICAN DAD ADSM 9:30 PM 1,399 0.7
2016 NBA ALL STAR GAME TNT 11:14 PM 1,457 0.7
VENTURE BROTHERS ADSM 12:00 AM 1,176 0.6
FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 12:00 PM 2,120 0.6
MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES ADSM 11:45 PM 1,145 0.6
WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 1:30 PM 1,555 0.6
FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 12:30 PM 2,194 0.6
FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 11:00 AM 1,834 0.6
SHAMELESS S6 SHO1 9:02 PM 1,590 0.6
FX MOVIE WKND AFTERNOON FX 2:30 PM 1,554 0.6
REAL HOUSEWIVES POTOMAC BRVO 9:00 PM 1,421 0.6
2016 NBA ALL STAR GAME TBSC 8:40 PM 1,433 0.6
FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 11:30 AM 1,885 0.6
STUCK IN THE MIDDLE DSNY 8:45 PM 2,808 0.6
COMIC BOOK MEN AMC 12:02 AM 1,107 0.6
WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 12:00 PM 1,407 0.6
FAMILY GUY ADSM 2:30 AM 1,097 0.5
AMERICAN DAD ADSM 9:00 PM 1,123 0.5
AQUA TV SHOW SHOW ADSM 12:30 AM 975 0.5
WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 10:30 AM 1,242 0.5
AMERICAN DAD ADSM 2:00 AM 1,098 0.5
AMERICAN DAD ADSM 1:30 AM 1,024 0.5
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 4:00 PM 1,865 0.5
FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 10:30 AM 1,567 0.5
MR. PICKLES ADSM 12:45 AM 937 0.5
HOLLYWD MEDIUM ENT 10:00 PM 1,079 0.5
REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA BRVO 10:00 PM 1,120 0.5
CLEVELAND SHOW, THE ADSM 1:00 AM 926 0.5
SPONGEBOB NICK 10:30 AM 1,818 0.5
FURIOUS 7 HBOM 6:40 PM 1,060 0.5
LOVE IT OR LIST IT HGTV 1:00 PM 1,684 0.5
LOVE IT OR LIST IT HGTV 7:00 PM 1,580 0.4
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 10:30 PM 1,039 0.4
FRIENDS NAN 11:00 PM 1,160 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 5:00 PM 1,687 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 7:00 PM 1,618 0.4
LOVE IT OR LIST IT HGTV 5:00 PM 1,810 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 3:00 PM 1,652 0.4
WORST COOKS 8 FOOD 9:00 PM 1,523 0.4
FRIENDS NAN 12:00 AM 1,145 0.4
ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER DISC 10:00 PM 1,877 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICK 10:00 AM 1,785 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICK 9:00 AM 1,661 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 PM 1,482 0.4
WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 9:30 AM 1,038 0.4
BUNKD DSNY 9:15 PM 2,194 0.4
FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 10:00 AM 1,292 0.4
FRIENDS NAN 11:30 PM 1,140 0.4
MOVIE DOWNLOAD FX 11:30 AM 1,082 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 9:00 PM 1,423 0.4
LOVE IT OR LIST IT HGTV 2:00 PM 1,703 0.4
LOVE IT OR LIST IT HGTV 6:00 PM 1,528 0.4
GUYS GROCERY GAMES FOOD 8:00 PM 1,357 0.4
BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 8:00 PM 1,524 0.4
ALVINNN!!! AND THE CHIPMU NICK 11:00 AM 1,635 0.4
WALKING DEAD AMC 12:32 AM 867 0.4
FRIENDS NAN 12:33 AM 1,055 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICK 9:30 AM 1,771 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 6:00 PM 1,538 0.4
NBA ALLSTAR TIP OFF TBSC 8:00 PM 1,011 0.4
BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 8:30 PM 1,656 0.4
LOVE IT OR LIST IT HGTV 4:00 PM 1,711 0.4
LOVE IT OR LIST IT HGTV 3:00 PM 1,625 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 10:00 PM 1,361 0.4
CLEVELAND SHOW, THE ADSM 8:30 PM 884 0.4
SPONGEBOB TRUTH OR SQUARE NICK 6:30 PM 1,516 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICK 2:00 PM 1,550 0.4
CARIBBEAN LIFE HGTV 9:00 PM 1,584 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICK 6:00 PM 1,446 0.4
WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 8:30 AM 945 0.4
ALVINNN!!! AND THE CHIPMU NICK 11:30 AM 1,483 0.4
AX MEN HIST 9:00 PM 1,534 0.4
FULL HOUSE NAN 10:30 PM 1,199 0.4
INTERSTITIAL BREAK SHO1 9:53 PM 1,020 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICK 1:30 PM 1,533 0.4
JESSIE DSNY 9:45 PM 1,912 0.4
FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 9:30 AM 1,116 0.4
TBS PRIME MOVIE TBSC 6:00 PM 901 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NAN 6:00 AM 836 0.4
CARIBBEAN LIFE HGTV 9:30 PM 1,481 0.4

 

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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