“The Walking Dead” hit a low it hasn’t seen in several years on March 5, but it was still easily the top-rated show on cable (and broadcast, for that matter) for the week.

The AMC show’s 4.7 rating among adults 18-49 was three full points better than Fox News’ coverage of President Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress.

Coverage of the address and analysis afterward takes up much of the rest of the Top 25. The Fox News feed of the speech itself was No. 1 in viewers for the week — 10.68 million to “The Walking Dead’s” 10.16 million

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Feb. 27-March 5, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 4.7 6,041
2 PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS TO CONGRESS FNC Tues. 9:09 PM 1.7 2,163
3 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:02 PM 1.6 1,996
4 PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS/ANALYSIS FNC Tues. 10:09 PM 1.5 1,950
5 LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,766
6 PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS COVERAGE FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,583
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – DUKE/N. CAROLINA ESPN Sat. 8:16 PM 1.2 1,583
8 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,471
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,463
PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS/DEM RESPONSE FNC Tues. 10:21 PM 1.1 1,458
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,394
PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS/ANALYSIS FNC Tues. 10:30 PM 1.1 1,378
GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,350
14 PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS ANALYSIS CNN Tues. 10:09 PM 1.0 1,338
PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS TO CONGRESS CNN Tues. 9:08 PM 1.0 1,316
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,306
NBA BASKETBALL – WARRIORS/BULLS TNT Thurs. 8:14 PM 1.0 1,236
18 FAST N LOUD DISC Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,218
PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS DEM RESPONSE CNN Tues. 10:20 PM 0.9 1,182
THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 7:52 PM 0.9 1,158
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 9:30 PM 0.9 1,154
TEEN MOM II MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,144
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:30 PM 0.9 1,141
NBA BASKETBALL – CAVALIERS/CELTICS ESPN Weds. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,119
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:00 PM 0.9 1,108
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,100
PRE-PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS CNN Tues. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,098

 

Top 25 cable shows in viewers for Feb. 27-March 5, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS TO CONGRESS FNC Tues. 9:09 PM 10,678
2 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 10,163
3 PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS/ANALYSIS FNC Tues. 10:09 PM 10,148
4 PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS COVERAGE FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 8,662
5 PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS/DEM RESPONSE FNC Tues. 10:21 PM 7,689
6 PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS/ANALYSIS FNC Tues. 10:30 PM 7,364
7 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 4,517
8 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 4,247
9 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 4,115
10 COLLEGE BASKETBALL – DUKE/N. CAROLINA ESPN Sat. 8:16 PM 4,061
11 PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS ANALYSIS CNN Tues. 10:09 PM 4,020
12 PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS TO CONGRESS CNN Tues. 9:08 PM 3,920
13 HANNITY FNC Tues. 11:00 PM 3,871
14 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 3,810
15 PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS DEM RESPONSE CNN Tues. 10:20 PM 3,809
16 GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 3,650
17 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:02 PM 3,560
18 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,491
19 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,321
20 PRE-PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS CNN Tues. 9:00 PM 3,279
21 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 3,237
22 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,130
23 FIXER UPPER HGTV Tues. 9:00 PM 3,115
24 THE FIVE FNC Weds. 5:00 PM 3,055
25 DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE MSNBC Tues. 10:15 PM 3,011

All ratings are live + same-day. 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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