“The Walking Dead” may have had its lowest ratings in years Sunday night, but it was still strong enough to lead the weekly cable charts among adults 18-49.

The show’s 3.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic was good enough to beat “Monday Night Football’s” 3.0 (which is also a lower-than-average mark). “MNF” led the week in total viewers with 8.76 million.

Note: For the foreseeable future, we’ll be publishing rankings for original shows only. Hence the lack of “Big Bang Theory” and “Family Guy” reruns near the bottom of the adults 18-49 chart.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Nov. 13-19, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 3.4 4,378
2 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – DOLPHINS/PANTHERS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 3.0 3,814
3 CFP RANKINGS SHOW ESPN Tues. 9:23 PM 1.4 1,728
4 NBA BASKETBALL – WARRIORS/CELTICS TNT Thurs. 8:13 PM 1.2 1,549
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – TITANS/STEELERS NFLN Thurs. 8:28 PM 1.2 1,485
6 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,434
TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:13 PM 1.1 1,395
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,370
SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:40 PM 1.1 1,344
10 COLLEGE BASKETBALL – DUKE/MICHIGAN ST. ESPN Tues. 7:00 PM 1.0 1,331
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – KANSAS/KENTUCKY ESPN Tues. 9:54 PM 1.0 1,318
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT – F FX Tues. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,293
LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,280
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,267
NBA BASKETBALL – SIXERS/LAKERS ESPN Weds. 10:35 PM 1.0 1,267
16 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – LSU/TENNESSEE ESPN Sat. 7:11 PM 0.9 1,139
GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,126
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,126
NBA BASKETBALL – CAVALIERS/HORNETS ESPN Weds. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,088
20 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,050
21 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 0.7 947
LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.7 870
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN Sat. 9:00 AM 0.7 858
A GIFT TO REMEMBER HALL Sun. 8:00 PM 0.7 845
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 832
TNF PREGAME NFLN Thurs. 8:18 PM 0.7 832

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in viewers for Nov. 13-19, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – DOLPHINS/PANTHERS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 8,758
2 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 7,845
3 COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS HALL Sat. 8:00 PM 4,114
4 A GIFT TO REMEMBER HALL Sun. 8:00 PM 3,883
5 CFP RANKINGS SHOW ESPN Tues. 9:23 PM 3,785
6 HANNITY FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,307
7 HANNITY FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,291
8 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,262
9 GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 3,173
10 HANNITY FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,086
11 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 3,061
12 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,021
13 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,016
14 NBA BASKETBALL – WARRIORS/CELTICS TNT Thurs. 8:13 PM 3,000
15 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 2,981
16 COLLEGE BASKETBALL – DUKE/MICHIGAN ST. ESPN Tues. 7:00 PM 2,967
17 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – TITANS/STEELERS NFLN Thurs. 8:28 PM 2,961
18 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – LSU/TENNESSEE ESPN Sat. 7:11 PM 2,946
19 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,882
20 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 2,880
21 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 2,877
22 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,857
23 HANNITY FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,856
24 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 2,769
25 HANNITY FNC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,723

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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