Season 8 of “Shameless” started well for Showtime on Sunday.

The channel’s top-rated series returned with a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 1.86 million viewers. That’s the best premiere for the show since its third season in January 2013 and up a good amount over last year’s debut (0.5, 1.24 million).

Following “Shameless,” new series “SMILF” premiered at 0.3 and 768,000 viewers. It landed outside the top 25, but Showtime says it’s the channel’s best series debut since “Billions” in early 2016.

“The Walking Dead” (3.8) led Sunday’s rankings but declined a bit from the prior week’s 4.0. “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” returned to Bravo with a 1.0 and also gave a boost to the shows that followed it, “Xscape: Still Kickin’ It” (0.7) and “Married to Medicine” (0.6).

“Outlander” ticked back up in viewers (1.64 million) after last week’s dip to 1.52 million and was steady in adults 18-49 at 0.3. “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” (0.6) was up two tenths of a point vs. a week earlier.

 

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

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
THE WALKING DEAD AMC 9:00 PM 8,519 3.8
TALKING DEAD AMC 10:00 PM 3,119 1.3
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO 8:00 PM 2,429 1.0
SHAMELESS SHOWTIME 9:07 PM 1,856 0.7
XSCAPE: STILL KICKIN’ IT BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,717 0.7
MARRIED TO MEDICINE BRAVO 10:00 PM 1,486 0.6
MISS CHRISTMAS HALLMARK 8:00 PM 3,623 0.6
KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS E! 9:00 PM 1,153 0.6
NFL COUNTDOWN ESPN 10:00 AM 1,318 0.5
90 DAY FIANCE TLC 8:00 PM 1,550 0.5
RIDE W/NORMAN REEDUS AMC 11:00 PM 1,072 0.4
NASCAR CUP SERIES RACE NBCSN 2:26 PM 2,701 0.4
SQUIDBILLIES ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 876 0.4
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE BRAVO 11:00 PM 1,051 0.4
SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FOX NEWS 6:00 PM 3,072 0.4
CNN NEWSROOM CNN 5:00 PM 1,813 0.4
CNN NEWSROOM CNN 6:00 PM 1,754 0.4
THE JELLIES ADULT SWIM 12:15 AM 744 0.4
PREMIER LEAGUE NBCSN 11:23 AM 782 0.4
ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 2,338 0.3
OUTLANDER STARZ 8:00 PM 1,639 0.3
LAST WEEK TONIGHT HBO 11:16 PM 1,010 0.3
SPECIAL REPORT: TEXAS CHURCH SHOOTING FOX NEWS 5:00 PM 2,439 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 9:00 AM 816 0.3
CNN NEWSROOM CNN 7:00 PM 1,644 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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