Episode 2 of “The Walking Dead” fell by more than usual after the huge premiere for Season 7.

The show was still Sunday’s No. 1 show on cable by a huge margin, and it will end up as the week’s top show overall after DVR viewing is factored in. But its 6.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 12.46 million viewers were down about 27 percent from the 8.4 and 17.03 million for the season premiere.

That’s about twice as big a decline from the premiere to episode 2 as in recent seasons. The second episodes of Seasons 4, 5 and 6 declined by about 14 percent on average. The episode after the record-setting Season 5 debut declined by by 11.5 percent in adults 18-49.

“The Walking Dead” currently ranks third in adults 18-49 for Sunday, behind the World Series (6.7) and “Sunday Night Football” (6.5).

Other shows were down as well: “Westworld” (0.6) and “Shameless” (0.4) dropped a tenth of a point, and  “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” (0.5) fell two tenths vs. the previous week. “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” held at 0.6.

Top 100 cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, Oct. 3o, 2016

Show Net Time Total Viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
WALKING DEAD AMC 9:00 PM 12,455 6.1
TALKING DEAD AMC 10:06 PM 4,294 2.0
WALKING DEAD AMC 7:55 PM 2,239 1.0
FAMILY GUY ADULT SWIM 10:30 PM 1,718 0.8
WALKING DEAD AMC 11:05 PM 1,640 0.8
RICK & MORTY ADULT SWIM 11:00 PM 1,386 0.7
WESTWORLD HBO PRIME 9:02 PM 1,485 0.6
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRAVO 8:00 PM 1,670 0.6
FAMILY GUY ADULT SWIM 10:00 PM 1,448 0.6
KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS E! 9:00 PM 1,101 0.5
SUNDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 7:25 PM 1,180 0.5
90 DAY FIANCE TLC 8:00 PM 1,278 0.5
YOUR PRETTY FACE/HELL ADULT SWIM 11:30 PM 1,073 0.5
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 11:00 AM 1,841 0.5
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 10:00 AM 1,826 0.5
AMERICAN DAD ADULT SWIM 9:30 PM 1,200 0.5
STAR WARS: NEW HOPE TBS NETWORK 8:05 PM 1,428 0.5
ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER DISCOVERY CHANNEL 9:00 PM 2,514 0.5
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 9:30 AM 1,761 0.5
FAMILY GUY ADULT SWIM 2:00 AM 928 0.5
FAMILY GUY ADULT SWIM 2:30 AM 940 0.5
NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACE L NBC SPORTS NETWORK 1:23 PM 2,674 0.5
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 10:30 AM 1,861 0.5
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 11:30 AM 1,818 0.5
AMC FEARFEST AMC 6:00 PM 1,033 0.5
HALLOWEEN WARS 6 FOOD NETWORK 9:00 PM 1,386 0.5
HALLMARK MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 6:00 PM 2,562 0.5
90 DAY FIANCE: HAPPILY EV TLC 9:03 PM 1,232 0.5
90 DAY FIANCE: HAPPILY EV TLC 10:03 PM 1,253 0.5
STAR WARS: REVENGE SITH TBS NETWORK 5:00 PM 1,173 0.5
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 7:29 PM 1,169 0.5
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 9:00 AM 1,550 0.5
BOBS BURGERS ADULT SWIM 9:00 PM 1,105 0.4
DREAM CORP LLC ADULT SWIM 11:45 PM 930 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 8:00 PM 1,341 0.4
AMC FEARFEST AMC 5:55 PM 937 0.4
HALLMARK MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 4:00 PM 2,412 0.4
SQUIDBILLIES ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 888 0.4
SHAMELESS S7 SHOWTIME PRIME 9:03 PM 1,198 0.4
AMERICAN DAD ADULT SWIM 1:30 AM 806 0.4
EDGE OF ALASKA DISCOVERY CHANNEL 10:01 PM 1,824 0.4
SPORTSCENTER 1AM L ESPN 12:30 AM 852 0.4
BOBS BURGERS ADULT SWIM 12:30 AM 839 0.4
SUNDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 5:20 PM 978 0.4
MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES ADULT SWIM 12:15 AM 822 0.4
BOBS BURGERS ADULT SWIM 1:00 AM 817 0.4
LAST WEEK TONIGHT HBO PRIME 11:00 PM 1,028 0.4
COMIC BOOK MEN AMC 12:10 AM 817 0.4
HALLMARK MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 8:00 PM 2,511 0.4
STRAIN FX 10:00 PM 886 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 9:00 PM 1,212 0.4
FRIENDS NICK-AT-NITE 11:00 PM 931 0.4
FIXER UPPER HOME AND GARDEN TV 12:00 PM 1,549 0.4
HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 2:00 PM 1,979 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 6:00 PM 1,160 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 7:00 PM 1,223 0.4
FRIENDS NICK-AT-NITE 11:30 PM 902 0.4
FIXER UPPER HOME AND GARDEN TV 11:00 AM 1,406 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 6:00 AM 865 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 6:30 AM 829 0.4
GUYS GROCERY GAMES FOOD NETWORK 8:00 PM 1,119 0.4
FRIENDS NICK-AT-NITE 12:00 AM 822 0.4
LOUD HOUSE NICKELODEON 4:00 PM 1,440 0.4
ALVINNN!!! AND THE CHIPMU NICKELODEON 12:00 PM 1,486 0.4
AMC FEARFEST AMC 11:55 AM 855 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 5:00 PM 1,178 0.3
FRIENDS NICK-AT-NITE 12:33 AM 847 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 3:00 PM 1,410 0.3
FIXER UPPER HOME AND GARDEN TV 10:00 AM 1,149 0.3
AMC FEARFEST AMC 9:55 AM 835 0.3
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 4:24 AM 848 0.3
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 5:29 AM 839 0.3
BREAK HBO PRIME 9:59 PM 894 0.3
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 5:00 PM 832 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 3:30 PM 1,426 0.3
AMC FEARFEST AMC 3:55 PM 777 0.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 4:00 PM 1,069 0.3
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 4:57 AM 840 0.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 3:00 PM 1,076 0.3
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 3:51 AM 820 0.3
ALVINNN!!! AND THE CHIPMU NICKELODEON 7:30 AM 980 0.3
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR NICK-AT-NITE 2:45 AM 832 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 8:30 AM 1,165 0.3
MANZOD WITH CHILDREN BRAVO 9:00 PM 911 0.3
ALVINNN!!! AND THE CHIPMU NICKELODEON 7:00 AM 858 0.3
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 3:18 AM 829 0.3
HALLMARK MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 12:00 PM 1,534 0.3
NASCAR SPRINT CUP POST NBC SPORTS NETWORK 4:44 PM 1,536 0.3
TNT SUNDAY MOVIES TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 5:15 PM 882 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 2:00 PM 1,236 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 2:30 PM 1,279 0.3
FULL HOUSE NICK-AT-NITE 10:30 PM 863 0.3
SUNDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 3:15 PM 800 0.3
LAW & ORDER TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 9:00 AM 1,156 0.3
HAWAII LIFE HOME AND GARDEN TV 8:00 PM 1,263 0.3
AMERICAN DAD ADULT SWIM 5:00 AM 588 0.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 12:01 AM 838 0.3
ALVINNN!!! AND THE CHIPMU NICKELODEON 12:30 PM 1,268 0.3
HALLMARK MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 10:00 PM 1,790 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS FAMILY HOME AND GARDEN TV 1:00 PM 1,135 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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