“The Walking Dead” had its smallest 18-49 rating in nearly five years Sunday night. While it’s still the No. 1 show on cable by huge margins, its 4.7 rating among adults under 50 was the lowest it’s been since the Season 2 finale March 2012.

Other originals airing Sunday fared better relative to recent performances. “Homeland” (0.5) and “Big Little Lies” (0.4) each improved by 0.2 on the previous week, and “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” improved by a tenth of a point over its last episode to 1.1.

FX’s “Feud: Bette and Joan” premiered to a 0.5 in adults 18-49 and 2.26 million viewers. While that’s a little below the recent debuts of “Legion” (0.7) and “Taboo” (0.6) in the demographic, “Feud” had a bigger total audience than either one. The iHeartRadio Music Awards drew a combined 1.0 on TNT (0.6) and TBS (0.4).

Just outside the Top 25, E!’s new series “The Arrangement” premiered to a 0.4 and 848,000 viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, March 5, 2017

Show Net Time Total Viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
THE WALKING DEAD AMC 9:00 PM 10,163 4.7
TALKING DEAD AMC 10:02 PM 3,560 1.6
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO 8:00 PM 2,591 1.1
NAKED AND AFRAID DISCOVERY 10:00 PM 1,950 0.7
NBA REGULAR SEASON ESPN 8:30 PM 1,638 0.6
IHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS TNT 8:00 PM 1,422 0.6
MOVIES WE LOVE: FIFTY SHADES OF GREY E! 7:30 PM 1,227 0.5
FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN FX 10:00 PM 2,256 0.5
HOMELAND SHOWTIME 9:03 PM 1,437 0.5
EVIL LIVES HERE ID 10:00 PM 1,548 0.5
WORST COOKS IN AMERICA FOOD 9:00 PM 1,465 0.5
LAST WEEK TONIGHT HBO 11:00 PM 1,278 0.5
CARIBBEAN LIFE HGTV 9:00 PM 1,690 0.4
IHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDS TBS 8:00 PM 1,122 0.4
BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 8:30 PM 1,706 0.4
FIRST FAMILY OF HIP HOP BRAVO 9:00 PM 927 0.4
MURDER IN LEHIGH VALLEY ID 9:00 PM 1,563 0.4
BIG LITTLE LIES HBO 9:02 PM 1,040 0.4
SUPERMANSION ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 740 0.4
ISLAND LIFE HGTV 10:30 PM 1,597 0.4
CARIBBEAN LIFE HGTV 9:30 PM 1,602 0.4
ISLAND LIFE HGTV 10:00 PM 1,563 0.4
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE BRAVO 11:00 PM 947 0.4
BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 8:00 PM 1,567 0.4
MURDER IN LEHIGH VALLEY ID 8:00 PM 1,447 0.4

Source: The Nielsen Company.

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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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