The fall finale of “The Walking Dead” was once again the runaway leader in cable ratings for Dec. 5-11. It was the case in the overnight ratings and it remained that way with three days of DVR and on-demand playback.

The show’s Dec. 11 episode added 2.4 points in adults 18-49 after three days, rising from a 5.1 to a 7.5. That was slightly better than the 2.3-point bump for the previous episode. It also added more viewers than the last episode — 4.6 million vs. 4.45 million.

“Monday Night Football” (2.6, unchanged from its same-day rating), “Talking Dead” (2.5, +0.5), “South Park” (1.6, +0.5) and “Gold Rush” (1.6, +0.6) round out the Top 5 in adults 18-49.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for Dec. 5-11, 2016

Rank Show Net L+3 18-49 rating Gain vs. Live + SD % gain vs. Live + SD
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 7.5 2.4 47%
2 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – COLTS/JETS ESPN 2.6 0.0 0%
3 TALKING DEAD AMC 2.5 0.5 25%
4 SOUTH PARK CMDY 1.6 0.5 45%
GOLD RUSH DISC 1.6 0.6 60%
6 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRVO 1.5 0.5 50%
LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 1.5 0.3 25%
8 STREET OUTLAWS DISC 1.4 0.2 17%
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – RAIDERS/CHIEFS NFLN 1.4 0.0 0%
10 TEEN MOM REUNION PT 2 MTV 1.3 0.5 62%
11 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEV HILLS – P BRVO 1.2 0.6 100%
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 8 p.m. USA 1.2 0.2 20%
13 VANDERPUMP RULES BRVO 1.1 0.5 83%
THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST 1.1 0.3 38%
INK MASTER SPK 1.1 0.4 57%
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 9 p.m. USA 1.1 0.1 10%
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 10 p.m. USA 1.1 0.2 22%
18 LEAH REMINI: SCIENTOLOGY & THE AFTERMATH AEN 1.0 0.5 100%
NBA BASKETBALL – WARRIORS/CLIPPERS ESPN 1.0 0.0 0%
FIXER UPPER HGTV 1.0 0.3 43%
SHAMELESS SHO1 1.0 0.4 67%
22 BELOW DECK BRVO 0.9 0.3 50%
30 FOR 30: CATHOLICS VS. CONVICTS ESPN 0.9 0.1 12%
VIKINGS HIST 0.9 0.4 80%
PROJECT RUNWAY LIF 0.9 0.4 80%
WWE SMACKDOWN USA 0.9 0.1 12%

 

Top 25 cable shows in Live +3 viewers for Dec. 5-112016

Rank Show Net L+3 viewers (000s) Gain vs. Live + SD (000s) % gain vs. Live + SD
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 15,198 4,596 43%
2 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – COLTS/JETS ESPN 8,134 41 1%
3 TALKING DEAD AMC 5,377 1,060 25%
4 GOLD RUSH DISC 4,963 1,366 38%
5 LOVE YOU LIKE CHRISTMAS HALL 4,833 498 11%
6 A NUTCRACKER CHRISTMAS HALL 4,234 530 14%
7 THE O’REILLY FACTOR – WEDS. FXNC 4,161 78 2%
8 THE O’REILLY FACTOR – TUES. FXNC 4,110 36 1%
9 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – RAIDERS/CHIEFS NFLN 3,802 27 1%
10 THE O’REILLY FACTOR – MON. FXNC 3,795 38 1%
11 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST 3,744 792 27%
12 THE O’REILLY FACTOR – THURS. FXNC 3,743 78 2%
13 FIXER UPPER HGTV 3,594 1,021 40%
14 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRVO 3,540 924 35%
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 8 p.m. USA 3,512 355 11%
16 ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER DISC 3,510 712 25%
17 STREET OUTLAWS DISC 3,430 600 21%
18 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 8 p.m. USA 3,336 352 12%
19 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 8 p.m. USA 3,230 431 15%
20 THE O’REILLY FACTOR – FRI. FXNC 3,174 49 2%
21 VIKINGS HIST 3,155 1,211 62%
22 PROJECT RUNWAY LIF 3,036 1,075 55%
23 THE KELLY FILE – THURS. FXNC 3,006 44 1%
24 THE KELLY FILE – WEDS. FXNC 2,960 12 0%
25 LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 2,880 701 32%

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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