“The Walking Dead” roared back to the top of the cable ratings with the opening of Season 7b on Feb. 12. It has only increased its lead with three days of DVR and on-demand viewing.

The episode improved from a 5.7 to a 7.7 rating in adults 18-49 in the Live +3 ratings for Feb. 6-12 and from 12 million to 15.93 million viewers. In both cases, it widened the lead it held over the No. 2 show for the week, “Talking Dead.”

What was a 3.5-point lead is now a 5.2-point lead among adults 18-49. In viewers, “The Walking Dead” increased its margin over “Talking Dead” from about 7.2 million viewers to more than 10 million.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for Feb. 6-12, 2017

Rank Show Net L+3 18-49 rating Gain vs. Live + SD % gain vs. Live + SD
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 7.7 2.0 35%
2 TALKING DEAD AMC 2.5 0.3 14%
3 GOLD RUSH DISC 1.7 0.6 55%
4 LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 1.6 0.4 33%
5 TEEN MOM II MTV 1.5 0.6 67%
6 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRVO 1.4 0.4 40%
LEGION – P FX 1.4 0.7 100%
8 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 9 p.m. USA 1.3 0.1 8%
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 8 p.m. USA 1.3 0.1 8%
10 FIXER UPPER HGTV 1.2 0.4 50%
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 10 p.m. USA 1.2 0.1 9%
12 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRVO 1.1 0.6 120%
VANDERPUMP RULES BRVO 1.1 0.5 83%
THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST 1.1 0.3 38%
15 DIESEL BROTHERS DISC 1.0 0.4 67%
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – N. CAROLINA/DUKE ESPN 1.0 0.0 0%
WWE SMACKDOWN USA 1.0 0.1 11%
LEAVE IT TO STEVIE VH1 1.0 0.1 11%
19 FAST N LOUD DISC 0.9 0.2 29%
ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE DISC 0.9 0.3 50%
TABOO FX 0.9 0.6 200%
IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA FXX 0.9 0.6 200%
CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE HBOM 0.9 0.2 29%
TEEN MOM II AFTER SHOW MTV 0.9 0.3 50%
THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN 0.9 0.2 29%
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 0.9 0.4 80%
BLACK INK CREW VH1 0.9 0.2 29%

 

Top 25 cable shows in Live +3 viewers for Feb. 6-12, 2017

Rank Show Net L+3 viewers (000s) Gain vs. Live + SD (000s) % gain vs. Live + SD
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 15,932 3,917 33%
2 TALKING DEAD AMC 5,598 789 16%
3 GOLD RUSH DISC 4,946 1,398 39%
4 THE O’REILLY FACTOR – MON. FXNC 4,503 56 1%
5 THE O’REILLY FACTOR – THURS. FXNC 4,436 61 1%
6 THE O’REILLY FACTOR – WEDS. FXNC 4,318 65 2%
7 FIXER UPPER HGTV 4,292 1,130 36%
8 THE O’REILLY FACTOR – TUES. FXNC 4,239 55 1%
9 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST 4,122 879 27%
10 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 8 p.m. USA 3,699 356 11%
11 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT – TUES. FXNC 3,670 99 3%
12 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 8 p.m. USA 3,588 418 13%
13 ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE DISC 3,513 711 25%
14 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT – MON. FXNC 3,511 44 1%
15 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT – WEDS. FXNC 3,386 59 2%
16 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT – THURS. FXNC 3,381 65 2%
17 THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN 3,327 576 21%
18 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 9 p.m. USA 3,270 424 15%
19 LEGION – P FX 3,268 1,645 101%
20 HANNITY – WEDS. FXNC 3,133 51 2%
21 COLLEGE BASKETBALL – N. CAROLINA/DUKE ESPN 3,112 27 1%
22 HANNITY – TUES. FXNC 3,112 66 2%
23 DASH OF LOVE HALL 3,099 577 23%
24 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRVO 3,078 825 37%
25 THE O’REILLY FACTOR – FRI. FXNC 3,071 50 2%

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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