“The Walking Dead” held up pretty well Sunday in its second episode back from hiatus. The AMC show scored a 5.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 11.08 million viewers, down only about 7 percent from the 5.7 and 12 million who tuned in the previous week.

The premiere of “Big Little Lies” on HBO finished just outside the Top 25 originals (by a hundredth of a point) with a 0.3 and 1.13 million viewers. That compares pretty well to the debuts of “The Young Pope” (0.3, 963,000) and “The Night Of” (0.3, 774,000), the channel’s last two limited series. Also on HBO (and outside the Top 25), “Girls” (0.3) was up over its premiere, and “Crashing” premiered to a 0.2 and 540,00 viewers.

The NBA All-Star Game on TNT was up year to year in viewers (6.51 million vs. 6.18 million in 2016) but off slightly in adults 18-49 (2.6 vs. 2.7 last year). TBS’ simulcast of the game (0.5) was also down a bit from last year’s 0.7. “Homeland” was steady at 0.3 for Showtime, while the Season 2 premiere of “Billions” drew a 0.2 and 753,000 viewers.

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” remained consistent with a 1.0 for Bravo.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017

Show Net Time Total Viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
THE WALKING DEAD AMC 9:00 PM 11,075 5.3
2017 NBA ALL-STAR GAME TNT 8:30 PM 6,513 2.6
TALKING DEAD AMC 10:06 PM 4,054 1.8
NBA ALL-STAR TIP OFF TNT 7:00 PM 3,205 1.3
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO 8:00 PM 2,603 1.0
WORST COOKS 10 FOOD 9:00 PM 1,663 0.6
SUPERMANSION ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 981 0.5
GUYS GROCERY GAMES FOOD 8:00 PM 1,402 0.5
2017 NBA ALL-STAR GAME TBS 8:32 PM 1,238 0.5
LAST WEEK TONIGHT HBO 11:05 PM 1,245 0.4
LONG ISLAND MEDIUM TLC 8:00 PM 1,708 0.4
EVIL LIVES HERE ID 10:00 PM 1,522 0.4
NASCAR M.E. CUP RACING FS1 11:00 AM 1,849 0.4
BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 8:30 PM 1,720 0.4
CARIBBEAN LIFE HGTV 9:00 PM 1,651 0.4
FIRST FAMILY OF HIP HOP BRAVO 9:00 PM 935 0.4
COMIC BOOK MEN AMC 12:10 AM 754 0.4
UFC FIGHT NIGHT LIVE FS1 9:00 PM 907 0.3
BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 8:00 PM 1,657 0.3
CARIBBEAN LIFE HGTV 9:30 PM 1,491 0.3
BAR RESCUE SPIKE 10:00 PM 752 0.3
HOMELAND SHO1 9:00 PM 1,069 0.3
CAKE WARS CHAMPS FOOD 10:00 PM 908 0.3
ISLAND LIFE HGTV 10:00 PM 1,553 0.3
NBA ALL-STAR TIP OFF TBS 8:00 PM 906 0.3

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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