“The Walking Dead” remained No. 1 on cable for the week of March 20, staying well above NCAA Tournament games on TBS and TNT in the adults 18-49 demographic.

AMC’s flagship show delivered a 4.9 rating among adults 18-49, 2.1 points better than the NCAA game between Oregon and Kansas. They finished 1-2 in viewers as well, with a smaller margin separating them: “The Walking Dead” drew 10.54 million viewers vs. 9.31 million for the game.

Top 25 cable shows in adults 18-49 for March 20-26, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 4.9 6,266
2 NCAA TOURNAMENT – KANSAS/OREGON TBS Sat. 8:40 PM 2.8 3,564
3 NCAA TOURNAMENT PREGAME TBS Sat. 8:26 PM 1.9 2,446
NCAA TOURNAMENT – XAVIER/GONZAGA TBS Sat. 6:00 PM 1.7 2,213
NCAA TOURNAMENT – W. VIRGINIA/GONZAGA TBS Thurs. 7:26 PM 1.5 1,919
6 INTO THE BADLANDS AMC Sun. 10:02 PM 1.5 1,909
7 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,853
8 NCAA TOURNAMENT – WISCONSIN/FLORIDA TBS Fri. 10:05 PM 1.4 1,746
NCAA TOURNAMENT POSTGAME TBS Sat. 10:58 PM 1.3 1,696
10 NCAA TOURNAMENT – XAVIER/ARIZONA TBS Thurs. 10:33 PM 1.3 1,684
NCAA TOURNAMENT PREGAME TBS Thurs. 10:17 PM 1.2 1,503
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,479
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,448
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,417
STREET OUTLAWS DISC Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,340
16 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,294
NCAA TOURNAMENT – S. CAROLINA/BAYLOR TBS Fri. 7:20 PM 1.0 1,258
HIP HOP SQUARES VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,212
NBA BASKETBALL – WARRIORS/THUNDER TNT Mon. 8:14 PM 0.9 1,190
TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 11:02 PM 0.9 1,173
21 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,162
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 9:30 PM 0.9 1,157
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,118
HIP HOP SQUARES VH1 Mon. 9:30 PM 0.9 1,101
TEEN MOM II MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,101

 

Top 25 cable shows in viewers for March 20-26, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 10,543
2 NCAA TOURNAMENT – KANSAS/OREGON TBS Sat. 8:40 PM 9,312
3 NCAA TOURNAMENT – XAVIER/GONZAGA TBS Sat. 6:00 PM 6,048
4 NCAA TOURNAMENT – W. VIRGINIA/GONZAGA TBS Thurs. 7:26 PM 4,945
5 NCAA TOURNAMENT – WISCONSIN/FLORIDA TBS Fri. 10:05 PM 4,249
6 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 4,072
7 FIXER UPPER – S HGTV Tues. 9:00 PM 3,777
8 NCAA TOURNAMENT POSTGAME TBS Sat. 10:58 PM 3,777
9 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 3,714
10 NCAA TOURNAMENT – XAVIER/ARIZONA TBS Thurs. 10:33 PM 3,594
11 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 3,561
12 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,421
13 INTO THE BADLANDS AMC Sun. 10:02 PM 3,413
14 NCAA TOURNAMENT PREGAME TBS Thurs. 10:17 PM 3,369
15 NCAA TOURNAMENT – S. CAROLINA/BAYLOR TBS Fri. 7:20 PM 3,259
16 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,168
17 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 3,121
18 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,113
19 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 3,058
20 HANNITY FNC Weds. 10:00 PM 2,979
21 THE FIVE FNC Weds. 5:00 PM 2,966
22 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,962
23 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,938
24 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,935
25 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,900

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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