Although it’s down to some of its lowest ratings since early in its run, “The Walking Dead” is still far and away the top show on cable. It’s true in the same-day rankings and true after adding in delayed viewing.

The March 18 episode of “TWD” grew by 1.4 points in adults 18-49 (2.8 to 4.2) and by 3.08 million total viewers (to 9.76 million), easily the biggest bumps of any show in the top 25. In fact, its gains were more than double those of the next-largest boosts in both adults 18-49 (“Teen Mom” +0.6) and viewers (“The Alienist,” +1.29 million).

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for March 12-18, 2018

Rank Show Net L+3 18-49 rating Gain vs. Live + SD
% gain vs. Live + SD
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 4.2 1.4 50%
2 NCAA TOURNAMENT – UMBC/KANSAS ST. TRU 1.7 0.0 0%
3 TALKING DEAD AMC 1.3 0.2 18%
TEEN MOM MTV 1.3 0.6 86%
NCAA TOURNAMENT – HOUSTON/MICHIGAN TBSC 1.3 0.0 0%
NCAA TOURNAMENT – UMBC/VIRGINIA TNT 1.3 0.0 0%
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 10 p.m. USA 1.3 0.1 8%
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 9 p.m. USA 1.3 0.1 8%
9 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRVO 1.2 0.4 50%
NCAA TOURNAMENT – FLORIDA ST./XAVIER TNT 1.2 0.0 0%
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 8 p.m. USA 1.2 0.1 9%
LOVE & HOP HOP VH1 1.2 0.3 33%
13 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRVO 1.1 0.5 83%
LOVE & HIP HOP MIAMI VH1 1.1 0.3 38%
15 VANDERPUMP RULES BRVO 1.0 0.4 67%
WWE SMACKDOWN USA 1.0 0.1 11%
17 FIXER UPPER HGTV 0.9 0.3 50%
THE CHALLENGE: VENDETTAS MTV 0.9 0.4 80%
NCAA TOURNAMENT – ALABAMA/VA. TECH TNT 0.9 0.0 0%
NCAA TOURNAMENT – FLORIDA/TEXAS TECH TNT 0.9 0.0 0%
BLACK INK CREW VH1 0.9 0.3 50%
22 LIVE PD – SAT. AEN 0.8 0.1 14%
LIVE PD – FRI. AEN 0.8 0.2 33%
INK MASTER PAR 0.8 0.4 100%
NCAA TOURNAMENT – MARSHALL/W. VIRGINIA TBSC 0.8 0.0 0%
THE ALIENIST TNT 0.8 0.4 100%

 

Top 25 cable shows in Live +3 viewers for March 12-18, 2018

Rank Show Net L+3 viewers (000s) Gain vs. Live + SD (000s)
% gain vs. Live + SD
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 9,761 3,082 46%
2 NCAA TOURNAMENT – UMBC/KANSAS ST. TRU 4,619 6 0%
3 FIXER UPPER HGTV 3,882 1,058 37%
4 NCAA TOURNAMENT – HOUSTON/MICHIGAN TBSC 3,844 26 1%
5 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 9 p.m. USA 3,700 263 8%
6 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 10 p.m. USA 3,640 357 11%
7 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 8 p.m. USA 3,616 256 8%
8 NCAA TOURNAMENT – UMBC/VIRGINIA TNT 3,570 25 1%
9 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW – TUES. MSNBC 3,497 75 2%
10 NCAA TOURNAMENT – FLORIDA ST./XAVIER TNT 3,431 24 1%
11 HANNITY – WEDS. FXNC 3,327 56 2%
12 HANNITY – THURS. FXNC 3,280 63 2%
13 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW – THURS. MSNBC 3,260 75 2%
14 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW – MON. MSNBC 3,258 68 2%
15 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW – WEDS. MSNBC 3,234 76 2%
16 TALKING DEAD AMC 3,190 523 20%
17 WHEN CALLS THE HEART HALL 3,189 738 30%
18 HANNITY – MON. FXNC 3,087 34 1%
19 THE ALIENIST TNT 3,086 1,289 72%
20 WWE SMACKDOWN USA 3,059 282 10%
21 HANNITY – TUES. FXNC 3,042 67 2%
22 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW – FRI. MSNBC 3,025 135 5%
23 LAST WORD W/LAWRENCE O’DONNELL – TUES. MSNBC 2,980 11 0%
24 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRVO 2,894 821 40%
25 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT – WEDS. FXNC 2,893 53 2%

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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