It’s true that “The Walking Dead’s” March 4 episode was at a multi-year low for the show, and even after a week of delayed viewing, it’s still behind the curve.

It’s also true that the AMC show made much larger gains than anything else on cable for the week of Feb. 26. “The Walking Dead” grew by 1.7 points in adults 18-49 (2.9 to 4.6), and its seven-day gain alone would rank higher than the seven-day total for anything else on cable.

In total viewers, “The Walking Dead” added just under 3.8 million, more than double that of the second-place show, “The Alienist” (1.78 million).

Here are the top cable shows in the Live +7 rankings for Feb. 5-11, 2018. 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 2.9 4.6 1.7 59%
2 TEEN MOM MTV 0.6 1.4 0.8 133%
3 ATLANTA – P FX 0.4 1.1 0.7 175%
4 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRVO 0.7 1.3 0.6 86%
KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS ENT 0.6 1.2 0.6 100%
VANDERPUMP RULES BRVO 0.5 1.1 0.6 120%
ACS: ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE FX 0.3 0.9 0.6 200%
8 GOLD RUSH DISC 0.7 1.2 0.5 71%
THE CHALLENGE: VENDETTAS MTV 0.5 1.0 0.5 100%
10 LOVE & HIP HOP VH1 0.9 1.3 0.4 44%
THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST 0.7 1.1 0.4 57%
UNSOLVED – P USA 0.7 1.1 0.4 57%
FIXER UPPER HGTV 0.6 1.0 0.4 67%
BLACK INK CREW VH1 0.6 1.0 0.4 67%
THE ALIENIST TNT 0.5 0.9 0.4 80%
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
60 DAYS IN AEN 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
TOP CHEF BRVO 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT LIF 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
CATFISH: THE TV SHOW MTV 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
INK MASTER PAR 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
WACO PAR 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
23 TALKING DEAD AMC 1.1 1.4 0.3 27%
LOVE & HIP HOP MIAMI VH1 0.9 1.2 0.3 33%
THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND SPECIAL HIST 0.5 0.8 0.3 60%

Note: 12 other shows also grew by 0.3 but had lower ratings than those above.

Adults 18-49 – percentage gain

Rank Show Net L + SD L +7 7-day increase
7-day % increase
1 ACS: ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE FX 0.3 0.9 0.6 200%
THE PROFIT CNBC 0.1 0.3 0.2 200%
DIVORCE HBOM 0.1 0.3 0.2 200%
UNREAL – P LIF 0.1 0.3 0.2 200%
THE PAYNES OWN 0.1 0.3 0.2 200%
6 ATLANTA – P FX 0.4 1.1 0.7 175%
7 DRUNK HISTORY CMDY 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
THE FOSTERS FRFM 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS LIF 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
THE CHALLENGE: VENDETTAS AFTERSHOW MTV 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
HOMELAND SHO1 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
THE CHI SHO1 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
13 TEEN MOM MTV 0.6 1.4 0.8 133%
60 DAYS IN AEN 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
TOP CHEF BRVO 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT LIF 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
CATFISH: THE TV SHOW MTV 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
INK MASTER PAR 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
WACO PAR 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
20 VANDERPUMP RULES BRVO 0.5 1.1 0.6 120%
21 KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS ENT 0.6 1.2 0.6 100%
THE CHALLENGE: VENDETTAS MTV 0.5 1.0 0.5 100%
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
MARRIED TO MEDICINE BRVO 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
WORST COOKS IN AMERICA FOOD 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
SIESTA KEY MTV 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
SEEKING SISTER WIFE TLC 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
MAMA JUNE FROM NOT TO HOT WETV 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%

Note: 41 other shows also grew by 100 percent but had lower ratings than those above.

Viewers – total gain

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-day increase
7-day % increase
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 6837 10632 3795 56%
2 THE ALIENIST TNT 1726 3501 1775 103%
3 ACS: ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE FX 1097 2680 1583 144%
4 FIXER UPPER HGTV 2801 4183 1382 49%
5 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRVO 1742 3084 1342 77%
6 GOLD RUSH DISC 2803 4051 1248 45%
7 TEEN MOM MTV 1079 2280 1201 111%
8 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST 3019 4188 1169 39%
9 WACO PAR 902 2021 1119 124%
10 TOP CHEF BRVO 772 1890 1118 145%
11 ATLANTA – P FX 855 1972 1117 131%
12 HOMELAND SHO1 930 2038 1108 119%
13 VANDERPUMP RULES BRVO 1347 2358 1011 75%
14 KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS ENT 1290 2298 1008 78%
15 WHEN CALLS THE HEART HALL 2183 3171 988 45%
16 REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER HBOM 1914 2879 965 50%
17 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND SPECIAL HIST 1977 2888 911 46%
18 WORST COOKS IN AMERICA FOOD 1240 2130 890 72%
19 INK MASTER PAR 728 1573 845 116%
20 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 681 1480 799 117%
21 THE CHALLENGE: VENDETTAS MTV 847 1630 783 92%
22 MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT LIF 872 1638 766 88%
23 60 DAYS IN AEN 848 1605 757 89%
24 UNSOLVED – P USA 1605 2346 741 46%
25 THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN 2025 2756 731 36%

 

Viewers – percentage gain

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-day increase
7-day % increase
1 COUNTERPART STZP 268 753 485 181%
2 UNREAL – P LIF 252 633 381 151%
3 TOP CHEF BRVO 772 1890 1118 145%
4 ACS: ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE FX 1097 2680 1583 144%
5 SHOOT THE MESSENGER WGNA 173 413 240 139%
6 CATFISH: THE TV SHOW MTV 538 1250 712 132%
7 ATLANTA – P FX 855 1972 1117 131%
8 WACO PAR 902 2021 1119 124%
9 ASH VS EVIL DEAD STZP 171 380 209 122%
10 HEARTLAND UP 151 334 183 121%
11 HOMELAND SHO1 930 2038 1108 119%
12 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 681 1480 799 117%
13 INK MASTER PAR 728 1573 845 116%
BELLEVUE WGNA 206 444 238 116%
15 SIESTA KEY MTV 488 1050 562 115%
16 TEEN MOM MTV 1079 2280 1201 111%
DIVORCE HBOM 452 953 501 111%
18 STAR WARS REBELS DX D 248 513 265 107%
19 THE MAGICIANS SYFY 545 1106 561 103%
THE ALIENIST TNT 1726 3501 1775 103%
21 THE PAYNES OWN 467 945 478 102%
PORTLANDIA IFC 100 202 102 102%
DRUNK HISTORY CMDY 430 867 437 102%
24 UNDERCOVER HIGH AEN 202 405 203 100%
25 BEYOND FRFM 231 460 229 99%

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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