The return of “The Walking Dead,” per usual, outdistanced everything else in the cable Live +7 rankings for Feb. 6-12 — just as it did in the initial rankings and those after three days of DVR and on-demand playback.

Sitting at No. 2 in both adults 18-49 and viewer gain, however, is the premiere of “Legion” on FX. The show grew by 0.9 in adults 18-49 (0.7 to 1.6) and by 1.97 million viewers, more than doubling its initial numbers in both measures.

“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” had the biggest percentage gains from its initial airing: It grew by 267 percent in adults 18-49 (0.3 to 1.1, tying for first with “Taboo”) and by 195 percent in viewers (552,000 to 1.63 million).

Here are the top cable shows in the Live +7 rankings for Feb. 6-12, 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 5.7 8.2 2.5 44%
2 LEGION – P FX 0.7 1.6 0.9 129%
3 TABOO FX 0.3 1.1 0.8 267%
IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA FXX 0.3 1.1 0.8 267%
5 TEEN MOM II MTV 0.9 1.6 0.7 78%
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRVO 0.5 1.2 0.7 140%
7 GOLD RUSH DISC 1.1 1.7 0.6 55%
VANDERPUMP RULES BRVO 0.6 1.2 0.6 100%
9 LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 1.2 1.7 0.5 42%
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRVO 1.0 1.5 0.5 50%
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 0.5 1.0 0.5 100%
SUITS USA 0.3 0.8 0.5 167%
13 TALKING DEAD AMC 2.2 2.6 0.4 18%
THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST 0.8 1.2 0.4 50%
FIXER UPPER HGTV 0.8 1.2 0.4 50%
DIESEL BROTHERS DISC 0.6 1.0 0.4 67%
TEEN MOM II AFTER MTV 0.6 1.0 0.4 67%
FULL FRONTAL W/ SAM BEE TBSC 0.5 0.9 0.4 80%
TOP CHEF BRVO 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
SIX HIST 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
HOMELAND SHO1 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
THE MAGICIANS SYFY 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
COLONY USA 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
24 FAST N LOUD DISC 0.7 1.0 0.3 43%
CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE HBOM 0.7 1.0 0.3 43%
THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN 0.7 1.0 0.3 43%
BLACK INK CREW VH1 0.7 1.0 0.3 43%

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 TEACHERS TVL 0.1 0.3 0.2 200%
4 SUITS USA 0.3 0.8 0.5 167%
5 NASHVILLE CMT 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
WORKAHOLICS CMDY 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
SWITCHED AT BIRTH FRFM 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
GIRLS – P HBOM 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
9 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRVO 0.5 1.2 0.7 140%
10 HOMELAND SHO1 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
THE MAGICIANS SYFY 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
COLONY USA 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
13 LEGION – P FX 0.7 1.6 0.9 129%
14 VANDERPUMP RULES BRVO 0.6 1.2 0.6 100%
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 0.5 1.0 0.5 100%
TOP CHEF BRVO 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
SIX HIST 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
MARRIED TO MEDICINE BRVO 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
THE FOSTERS FRFM 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
TEEN MOM BEING THE EDWARDS MTV 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
FACE OFF SYFY 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
IMPOSTERS – P BRVO 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
LADIES OF LONDON BRVO 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
GIRLFRIENDS’ GUIDE TO DIVORCE BRVO 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
DETROITERS – P CMDY 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
THE ROYALS ENT 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
BASKETS FX 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
THE EXPANSE SYFY 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
LONG LOST FAMILY – P TLC 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
LONG LOST FAMILY:WHAT HAPPENED NEXT TLC 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
MARRIAGE BOOT CAMP: REALITY STARS WE 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
OUTSIDERS WGNA 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%

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 12015 16837 4822 40%
2 LEGION – P FX 1623 3592 1969 121%
3 TABOO FX 1070 2880 1810 169%
4 SIX HIST 1551 3124 1573 101%
5 SUITS USA 1276 2843 1567 123%
6 GOLD RUSH DISC 3548 5093 1545 44%
7 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRVO 1401 2868 1467 105%
8 FIXER UPPER HGTV 3162 4560 1398 44%
9 HOMELAND SHO1 1051 2343 1292 123%
10 COLONY USA 888 2034 1146 129%
11 TEEN MOM II MTV 1512 2644 1132 75%
12 VANDERPUMP RULES BRVO 1297 2402 1105 85%
13 NASHVILLE CMT 771 1861 1090 141%
14 IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA FXX 552 1630 1078 195%
15 FULL FRONTAL W/ SAM BEE TBSC 1440 2513 1073 75%
16 TOP CHEF BRVO 882 1948 1066 121%
17 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST 3243 4259 1016 31%
18 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRVO 2253 3213 960 43%
19 TALKING DEAD AMC 4809 5763 954 20%
20 REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER HBOM 1904 2854 950 50%
21 WORST COOKS IN AMERICA FOOD 1462 2399 937 64%
22 ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE DISC 2802 3722 920 33%
23 DIESEL BROTHERS DISC 1436 2306 870 61%
24 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 969 1833 864 89%
25 FORGED IN FIRE HIST 1692 2505 813 48%

 

Viewers – percentage gain

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-Day Increase (000s) 7-Day % Increase
1 IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA FXX 552 1630 1078 195%
2 TABOO FX 1070 2880 1810 169%
3 NASHVILLE CMT 771 1861 1090 141%
4 COLONY USA 888 2034 1146 129%
5 HOMELAND SHO1 1051 2343 1292 123%
SUITS USA 1276 2843 1567 123%
7 LEGION – P FX 1623 3592 1969 121%
PORTLANDIA IFC 123 272 149 121%
TOP CHEF BRVO 882 1948 1066 121%
10 THE ROYALS ENT 466 999 533 114%
SWITCHED AT BIRTH FRFM 537 1148 611 114%
12 MARRIAGE BOOT CAMP: REALITY STARS WE 392 816 424 108%
13 THE FOSTERS FRFM 677 1386 709 105%
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRVO 1401 2868 1467 105%
15 THE EXPANSE SYFY 587 1197 610 104%
16 SIX HIST 1551 3124 1573 101%
17 BEYOND FRFM 321 637 316 98%
18 OUTSIDERS WGNA 747 1469 722 97%
19 BLACK SAILS STZP 503 983 480 95%
FACE OFF SYFY 768 1499 731 95%
21 THE YOUNG POPE HBOM 483 937 454 94%
22 ARE YOU THE ONE MTV 632 1207 575 91%
23 GIRLFRIENDS’ GUIDE TO DIVORCE BRVO 442 840 398 90%
24 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 969 1833 864 89%
25 THE MAGICIANS SYFY 914 1722 808 88%

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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