WGN America’s “Underground” pulled off a rare feat with its March 29 episode: The show’s adults 18-49 rating grew by five times within a week of its initial airing.

The show rose from a 0.1 rating to a 0.5 with a week of DVR and on-demand viewing. It also led had the highest percentage gain in total viewers, growing by 176 percent (476,000 to 1.31 million). (“Underground” is owned by TV by the Numbers’ parent company, Tribune Media.)

The season finale of “The Walking Dead” had the biggest total gains in the week of March 27, as it usually does. The finale added 2.6 points to its 18-49 rating (5.4 to 8.0) and 5.1 million viewers within a week.

Here are the top cable shows in the Live +7 rankings for March 27-April 2, 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 – F AMC 5.4 8.0 2.6 48%
2 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 1.6 2.2 0.6 38%
INTO THE BADLANDS AMC 1.4 2.0 0.6 43%
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRVO 0.7 1.3 0.6 86%
BATES MOTEL AEN 0.4 1.0 0.6 150%
LEGION – F FX 0.4 1.0 0.6 150%
7 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRVO 1.1 1.6 0.5 45%
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST USA 0.8 1.3 0.5 63%
VANDERPUMP RULES BRVO 0.7 1.2 0.5 71%
FIXER UPPER HGTV 0.7 1.2 0.5 71%
KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS ENT 0.6 1.1 0.5 83%
TEEN MOM II REUNION MTV 0.5 1.0 0.5 100%
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 0.4 0.9 0.5 125%
14 BLACK INK CREW VH1 0.6 1.0 0.4 67%
MAMA JUNE: FROM NOT TO HOT WE 0.6 1.0 0.4 67%
THE CHALLENGE: INVASION MTV 0.5 0.9 0.4 80%
GREENLEAF OWN 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
HOMELAND SHO1 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN FX 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
THE MAGICIANS SYFY 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
UNDERGROUND WGNA 0.1 0.5 0.4 400%
22 STREET OUTLAWS DISC 1.6 1.9 0.3 19%
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 10 p.m. USA 1.1 1.4 0.3 27%
BIG LITTLE LIES – F HBOM 0.7 1.0 0.3 43%
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC BRVO 0.6 0.9 0.3 50%
REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER HBOM 0.5 0.8 0.3 60%
RAP GAME LIF 0.5 0.8 0.3 60%
FULL FRONTAL W/ SAM BEE TBSC 0.5 0.8 0.3 60%

Note: 19 other shows also grew by 100 percent 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 UNDERGROUND WGNA 0.1 0.5 0.4 400%
2 SUN RECORDS CMT 0.1 0.3 0.2 200%
3 BATES MOTEL AEN 0.4 1.0 0.6 150%
LEGION – F FX 0.4 1.0 0.6 150%
RICK & MORTY ADSM 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
IMPOSTERS BRVO 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
SWITCHED AT BIRTH FRFM 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
GHOST ADVENTURES TRAV 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
9 FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN FX 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
THE MAGICIANS SYFY 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
11 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 0.4 0.9 0.5 125%
12 TEEN MOM II REUNION MTV 0.5 1.0 0.5 100%
GREENLEAF OWN 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
HOMELAND SHO1 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
THE QUAD BET 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
THE ARRANGEMENT ENT 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
THE FOSTERS FRFM 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
THE AMERICANS FX 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
GIRLS HBOM 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
LITTLE WOMEN LA LIF 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
MAJOR CRIMES TNT 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
YOUNG & HUNGRY FRFM 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
WHEN CALLS THE HEART HALL 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
ARE YOU THE ONE: SECOND CHANCES MTV 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
BAD GIRLS CLUB OXYG 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
THE EXPANSE SYFY 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE TLC 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%

Note: 19 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 – F AMC 11328 16427 5099 45%
2 MAJOR CRIMES TNT 2437 4660 2223 91%
3 FIXER UPPER HGTV 3708 5212 1504 41%
4 FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN FX 1355 2756 1401 103%
5 INTO THE BADLANDS AMC 3115 4499 1384 44%
6 BATES MOTEL AEN 1300 2676 1376 106%
7 THE AMERICANS FX 891 2144 1253 141%
8 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRVO 1904 3151 1247 65%
9 CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST USA 2015 3236 1221 61%
10 HOMELAND SHO1 1343 2546 1203 90%
11 LEGION FX 812 2008 1196 147%
12 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 3088 4107 1019 33%
13 GREENLEAF OWN 1316 2328 1012 77%
14 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRVO 2584 3595 1011 39%
15 REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER HBOM 1676 2680 1004 60%
16 COLONY USA 819 1789 970 118%
17 BILLIONS SHO1 904 1846 942 104%
18 KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS ENT 1165 2101 936 80%
19 BIG LITTLE LIES – F HBOM 1863 2788 925 50%
20 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 747 1654 907 121%
21 FULL FRONTAL W/ SAM BEE TBSC 1374 2265 891 65%
22 VANDERPUMP RULES BRVO 1567 2433 866 55%
23 THE MAGICIANS SYFY 724 1573 849 117%
24 UNDERGROUND WGNA 476 1314 838 176%
25 MAMA JUNE: FROM NOT TO HOT WE 1675 2506 831 50%

 

Viewers – percentage gain

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-Day Increase (000s) 7-Day % Increase
1 UNDERGROUND WGNA 476 1314 838 176%
2 LEGION – F FX 812 2008 1196 147%
3 THE AMERICANS FX 891 2144 1253 141%
4 SUN RECORDS CMT 508 1218 710 140%
5 HAP AND LEONARD SUND 152 354 202 133%
6 THE ARRANGEMENT ENT 570 1278 708 124%
7 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 747 1654 907 121%
8 SWITCHED AT BIRTH FRFM 474 1040 566 119%
9 COLONY USA 819 1789 970 118%
THE EXPANSE SYFY 573 1250 677 118%
11 THE MAGICIANS SYFY 724 1573 849 117%
12 ARE YOU THE ONE: SECOND CHANCES MTV 343 720 377 110%
13 IMPOSTERS BRVO 637 1323 686 108%
14 BATES MOTEL AEN 1300 2676 1376 106%
15 BILLIONS SHO1 904 1846 942 104%
16 FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN FX 1355 2756 1401 103%
THE FOSTERS FRFM 695 1413 718 103%
18 MAJOR CRIMES TNT 2437 4660 2223 91%
19 HOMELAND SHO1 1343 2546 1203 90%
20 BLACK SAILS STZP 569 1075 506 89%
21 TEEN MOM II UNSEEN MTV 692 1273 581 84%
22 GHOST ADVENTURES TRAV 640 1169 529 83%
23 TEEN MOM II REUNION MTV 921 1662 741 80%
KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS ENT 1165 2101 936 80%
25 BABY DADDY FRFM 501 899 398 79%

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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