“The Walking Dead” is, per usual, perched way above everything else on cable for the week of Feb. 20. It was that way when the initial ratings came out and remains so after three days of DVR and on-demand viewing.

A bit farther down the Top 25, however, are a couple of serious gains. Both “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Taboo” tripled their adults 18-49 rating in three days, rising from a 0.3 to a 0.9. The previous week’s “Taboo” also tripled but took a week to do so, while the prior episode of “It’s Always Sunny” grew by 150 percent over seven days.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for Feb. 20-26, 2017

Rank Show Net L+3 18-49 rating Gain vs. Live + SD % gain vs. Live + SD
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 7.1 2.1 42%
2 TALKING DEAD AMC 2.1 0.4 24%
3 GOLD RUSH DISC 1.6 0.6 60%
LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 1.6 0.3 23%
5 TEEN MOM II MTV 1.5 0.7 88%
6 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST 1.3 0.3 30%
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 10 p.m. USA 1.3 0.2 18%
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 8 p.m. USA 1.3 0.1 8%
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 9 p.m. USA 1.3 0.1 8%
10 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRVO 1.1 0.5 83%
VANDERPUMP RULES BRVO 1.1 0.5 83%
ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE DISC 1.1 0.3 38%
NBA BASKETBALL – CLIPPERS/WARRIORS TNT 1.1 0.1 10%
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST – P USA 1.1 0.4 57%
WWE SMACKDOWN USA 1.1 0.1 10%
16 FAST N LOUD DISC 1.0 0.2 25%
DIESEL BROTHERS DISC 1.0 0.3 43%
LEGION FX 1.0 0.5 100%
FIXER UPPER HGTV 1.0 0.3 43%
THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN 1.0 0.2 25%
21 BATES MOTEL – P AEN 0.9 0.4 80%
TABOO FX 0.9 0.6 200%
IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA FXX 0.9 0.6 200%
BLACK INK CREW VH1 0.9 0.3 50%
25 TOP CHEF BRVO 0.8 0.4 100%
WORST COOKS IN AMERICA FOOD 0.8 0.3 60%
SIX HIST 0.8 0.4 100%
THE CHALLENGE: INVASION MTV 0.8 0.3 60%
THE DETOUR – P TBSC 0.8 0.2 33%
NBA BASKETBALL – KNICKS/CAVALIERS TNT 0.8 0.0 0%
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 0.8 0.4 100%
MAMA JUNE: FROM NOT TO HOT – P WE 0.8 0.3 60%

 

Top 25 cable shows in Live +3 viewers for Feb. 20-26, 2017

Rank Show Net L+3 viewers (000s) Gain vs. Live + SD (000s) % gain vs. Live + SD
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 14,740 4,317 41%
2 GOLD RUSH DISC 4,898 1,469 43%
3 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST 4,858 1,066 28%
4 TALKING DEAD AMC 4,746 807 20%
5 THE O’REILLY FACTOR – THURS. FXNC 4,235 78 2%
6 FIXER UPPER HGTV 4,116 1,010 33%
7 THE O’REILLY FACTOR – MON. FXNC 4,067 67 2%
8 ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE DISC 4,055 818 25%
9 THE O’REILLY FACTOR – WEDS. FXNC 4,040 69 2%
10 THE O’REILLY FACTOR – TUES. FXNC 3,911 70 2%
11 MAJOR CRIMES TNT 3,736 1,807 94%
12 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 10 p.m. USA 3,623 492 16%
13 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 9 p.m. USA 3,613 349 11%
14 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 8 p.m. USA 3,576 313 10%
15 THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN 3,369 605 22%
16 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT – WEDS. FXNC 3,310 59 2%
17 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT – THURS. FXNC 3,237 86 3%
18 LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 3,193 672 27%
19 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT – MON. FXNC 3,159 73 2%
20 WWE SMACKDOWN USA 3,105 310 11%
21 HANNITY – MON. FXNC 2,994 55 2%
22 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT – TUES. FXNC 2,939 101 4%
23 CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST – P USA 2,926 951 48%
24 THE O’REILLY FACTOR – FRI. FXNC 2,872 58 2%
25 SIX HIST 2,780 1296 87%

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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