“The Walking Dead” began the second half of Season 8 with slightly improved ratings. Sunday’s return scored a 3.6 rating (best on all of TV for the day) and 8.28 million viewers, up from 3.4 and 7.89 million for its last episode of 2017.

“Talking Dead” followed with a 1.5 and 3.59 million viewers.

The night’s other original series were fairly steady: “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (0.9) and “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” (0.5) both matched their numbers from the previous week. So did “Homeland” (0.3) on Showtime, although it was pushed just out of the top 25.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
THE WALKING DEAD AMC 9:00 PM 8,282 3.6
TALKING DEAD AMC 10:23 PM 3,593 1.5
WALKING DEAD BONUS AMC 7:30 PM 3,578 1.3
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO 8:00 PM 2,291 0.9
ROBOT CHICKEN ADULT SWIM 11:30 PM 1,054 0.6
NBA REGULAR SEASON ESPN 8:01 PM 1,376 0.5
KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS E! 9:00 PM 1,008 0.5
WORST COOKS IN AMERICA FOOD 9:00 PM 1,463 0.4
EVIL LIVES HERE ID 9:00 PM 1,370 0.4
ISLAND LIFE HGTV 10:00 PM 1,684 0.4
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 10:30 PM 900 0.4
ON THE CASE W/PAULA ZAHN ID 10:00 PM 1,382 0.4
MR. PICKLES ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 671 0.4
SISTER WIVES TLC 8:00 PM 1,266 0.3
ISLAND LIFE HGTV 10:30 PM 1,637 0.3
CARIBBEAN LIFE HGTV 9:30 PM 1,602 0.3
GUY’S GROCERY GAMES FOOD 8:00 PM 1,017 0.3
LAST WEEK TONIGHT HBO 11:03 PM 1,114 0.3
BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 8:00 PM 1,538 0.3
CARIBBEAN LIFE HGTV 9:00 PM 1,563 0.3
MR. PICKLES ADULT SWIM 12:15 AM 627 0.3
BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 8:30 PM 1,463 0.3
SEEKING SISTER WIFE TLC 10:03 PM 966 0.3
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 11:00 AM 705 0.3
CARABAO CUP ESPN 11:25 AM 672 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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