“The Walking Dead,” per usual, made the biggest gains via DVR and on-demand viewing for the week of Feb. 20. The magnitude of its lead is notable.

The AMC show gained 2.7 points among adults 18-49, more than three times the bump for the shows tied for second (“Teen Mom II,” “Taboo” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” all grew by 0.8).

“The Walking Dead” also added 5.32 million viewers, 3 million-plus ahead of the No. 2 show in the rankings (“Major Crimes,” which grew by 2.29 million people).

Here are the top cable shows in the Live +7 rankings for Feb. 20-26, 2017. Rankings include original series, movies and specials only, not repeats.

Adults 18-49 – total gain

Rank Show Net L + SD L +7 7-Day Increase 7-Day % Increase
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 5.0 7.7 2.7 54%
2 TEEN MOM II MTV 0.8 1.6 0.8 100%
TABOO FX 0.3 1.1 0.8 267%
IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA FXX 0.3 1.1 0.8 267%
5 GOLD RUSH DISC 1.0 1.7 0.7 70%
LEGION FX 0.5 1.2 0.7 140%
7 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRVO 0.6 1.2 0.6 100%
VANDERPUMP RULES BRVO 0.6 1.2 0.6 100%
9 TALKING DEAD AMC 1.7 2.2 0.5 29%
THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST 1.0 1.5 0.5 50%
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST – P USA 0.7 1.2 0.5 71%
BATES MOTEL – P AEN 0.5 1.0 0.5 100%
SIX HIST 0.4 0.9 0.5 125%
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 0.4 0.9 0.5 125%
HOMELAND SHO1 0.3 0.8 0.5 167%
SUITS USA 0.3 0.8 0.5 167%
17 LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 1.3 1.7 0.4 31%
DIESEL BROTHERS DISC 0.7 1.1 0.4 57%
FIXER UPPER HGTV 0.7 1.1 0.4 57%
BLACK INK CREW VH1 0.6 1.0 0.4 67%
WORST COOKS IN AMERICA FOOD 0.5 0.9 0.4 80%
MAMA JUNE FROM NOT TO HOT – P WE 0.5 0.9 0.4 80%
TOP CHEF BRVO 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
THE MAGICIANS SYFY 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
25 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 10 p.m. USA 1.1 1.4 0.3 27%

Note: 20 other shows also increased by 0.3 but had lower ratings than those listed above.

Adults 18-49 – percentage gain

Rank Show Net L + SD L +7 7-Day Increase 7-Day % Increase
1 TABOO FX 0.3 1.1 0.8 267%
IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA FXX 0.3 1.1 0.8 267%
3 GIRLFRIENDS’ GUIDE TO DIVORCE BRVO 0.1 0.3 0.2 200%
STAR WARS REBELS DX D 0.1 0.3 0.2 200%
BLACK SAILS STZP 0.1 0.3 0.2 200%
TEACHERS TVL 0.1 0.3 0.2 200%
7 HOMELAND SHO1 0.3 0.8 0.5 167%
SUITS USA 0.3 0.8 0.5 167%
9 IMPOSTERS BRVO 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
NASHVILLE CMT 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
SWITCHED AT BIRTH FRFM 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
BIG LITTLE LIES HBOM 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
THE EXPANSE SYFY 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
MAJOR CRIMES TNT 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
OUTSIDERS WGNA 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
16 LEGION FX 0.5 1.2 0.7 140%
17 SIX HIST 0.4 0.9 0.5 125%
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 0.4 0.9 0.5 125%
19 TEEN MOM II MTV 0.8 1.6 0.8 100%
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRVO 0.6 1.2 0.6 100%
VANDERPUMP RULES BRVO 0.6 1.2 0.6 100%
BATES MOTEL – P AEN 0.5 1.0 0.5 100%
TOP CHEF BRVO 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
THE MAGICIANS SYFY 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
TOSH.O CMDY 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
THE FOSTERS FRFM 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
TEEN MOM II MOST EXPLOSIVE MOMENTS MTV 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
FACE OFF SYFY 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
COUNTING ON TLC 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
COLONY USA 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%

Note: 27 other shows also grew by 100 percent but had lower ratings than those listed above.

Viewers – total gain

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-Day Increase (000s) 7-Day % Increase
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 10434 15756 5322 51%
2 MAJOR CRIMES TNT 1929 4215 2286 119%
3 TABOO FX 1035 2790 1755 170%
4 SIX HIST 1484 3127 1643 111%
5 GOLD RUSH DISC 3429 5071 1642 48%
6 SUITS USA 1251 2838 1587 127%
7 LEGION FX 1043 2489 1446 139%
8 HOMELAND SHO1 899 2294 1395 155%
9 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST 3792 5159 1367 36%
10 FIXER UPPER HGTV 3106 4470 1364 44%
11 TEEN MOM II MTV 1459 2747 1288 88%
12 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRVO 1659 2926 1267 76%
13 CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST – P USA 1975 3214 1239 63%
14 BATES MOTEL – P AEN 1342 2534 1192 89%
15 TOP CHEF BRVO 971 2080 1109 114%
16 COLONY USA 762 1850 1088 143%
17 IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA FXX 588 1650 1062 181%
18 TALKING DEAD AMC 3939 4939 1000 25%
19 VANDERPUMP RULES BRVO 1457 2455 998 68%
20 NASHVILLE CMT 929 1912 983 106%
21 ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE DISC 3237 4204 967 30%
22 BILLIONS SHO1 512 1474 962 188%
23 REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER HBOM 1870 2809 939 50%
24 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 761 1694 933 123%
25 WORST COOKS IN AMERICA FOOD 1519 2448 929 61%

 

Viewers – percentage gain

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-Day Increase (000s) 7-Day % Increase
1 BILLIONS SHO1 512 1474 962 188%
2 IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA FXX 588 1650 1062 181%
3 TABOO FX 1035 2790 1755 170%
4 HOMELAND SHO1 899 2294 1395 155%
5 BIG LITTLE LIES HBOM 555 1394 839 151%
6 GIRLFRIENDS’ GUIDE TO DIVORCE BRVO 294 721 427 145%
7 COLONY USA 762 1850 1088 143%
8 LEGION FX 1043 2489 1446 139%
9 GIRLS HBOM 383 880 497 130%
10 SUITS USA 1251 2838 1587 127%
11 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 761 1694 933 123%
12 MAJOR CRIMES TNT 1929 4215 2286 119%
13 TOP CHEF BRVO 971 2080 1109 114%
14 BLACK SAILS STZP 448 948 500 112%
15 STAR WARS REBELS DX D 416 879 463 111%
SIX HIST 1484 3127 1643 111%
17 CRASHING HBOM 203 423 220 108%
18 SWITCHED AT BIRTH FRFM 522 1080 558 107%
19 THE EXPANSE SYFY 601 1241 640 106%
NASHVILLE CMT 929 1912 983 106%
21 IMPOSTERS BRVO 627 1287 660 105%
22 PORTLANDIA IFC 115 233 118 103%
23 BODY BIZARRE DLIF 101 201 100 99%
FACE OFF SYFY 734 1457 723 99%
25 THE MAGICIANS SYFY 885 1752 867 98%

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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