It turns out “The Walking Dead’s” lows last week weren’t just a result of the show airing opposite the Oscars.

The AMC series still led Sunday’s cable ratings by wide margins, but it did so with even smaller numbers than the previous week — which were below anything “The Walking Dead” had drawn in at least six years. Sunday’s 2.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.6 million viewers were down from 2.9 and 6.82 million a week earlier.

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” returned from a week off with a 0.8 in adults 18-49. The NCAA Tournament selection show on TBS came in at 0.8 as well.

“Naked and Afraid” returned to Discovery with a 0.5 in adults 18-49. “Homeland” and “The Chi” were up week to week at 0.3 each on Showtime, but they failed to crack the top 25. New seasons of “The Arrangement” and “The Royals” on E! debuted to 0.2s.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, March 11, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
THE WALKING DEAD AMC 9:00 PM 6,604 2.8
NBA BASKETBALL ESPN 9:00 PM 2,223 0.9
TALKING DEAD AMC 10:08 PM 2,321 0.9
NCAA TOURNAMENT SELECTION SHOW TBS 6:00 PM 2,497 0.8
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO 8:00 PM 2,001 0.8
SEC TOURNAMENT ESPN 12:56 PM 2,553 0.8
MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES ADULT SWIM 11:30 PM 1,204 0.6
COLLEGE GAMENIGHT ESPN 7:00 PM 1,638 0.5
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 11:23 PM 1,135 0.5
NAKED AND AFRAID DISCOVERY 10:01 PM 1,535 0.5
WORST COOKS IN AMERICA FOOD 9:00 PM 1,328 0.4
PGA TOUR GOLF 1:00 PM 2,354 0.4
MR. PICKLES ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 879 0.4
ON THE CASE W/PAULA ZAHN ID 10:00 PM 1,406 0.4
SISTER WIVES TLC 8:00 PM 1,493 0.4
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 6:00 PM 1,177 0.4
BAR RESCUE PARAMOUNT 10:00 PM 774 0.4
CARIBBEAN LIFE HGTV 9:30 PM 1,589 0.3
LAST WEEK TONIGHT HBO 11:01 PM 1,083 0.3
BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 8:00 PM 1,453 0.3
MR. PICKLES ADULT SWIM 12:15 AM 766 0.3
IHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS TNT 8:00 PM 765 0.3
NAKED AND AFRAID SPECIAL DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 1,058 0.3
EVIL LIVES HERE ID 9:00 PM 1,118 0.3
ISLAND LIFE HGTV 10:00 PM 1,566 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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