A week after the presidential election dominated the Top 25 shows on cable, the rankings returned pretty much to their normal state — which meant “The Walking Dead” and “Monday Night Football” held a clear lead over everything else.

“The Walking Dead’s” 5.2 rating in adults 18-49 was 44 percent higher than the 3.6 for second-place “Monday Night Football.” The game, in turn, nearly doubled the 1.7 for the No. 3 show, “Talking Dead.”

The Top 2 shows were a lot closer in viewers, as “MNF” (10.72 million) finished within 300,000 viewers of “The Walking Dead” (11 million). The gap between second and third was still pretty large, however: “MNF” led an ESPN college football telecast by more than 4.8 million people.

Top 25 cable shows in adults 18-49 for Nov. 14-20, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 5.2 6,641
2 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – BENGALS/GIANTS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 3.6 4,614
3 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:02 PM 1.7 2,168
4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – OHIO ST/MICHIGAN ST ESPN Sat. 12:00 PM 1.6 2,089
5 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – INDIANA/MICHIGAN ESPN Sat. 3:30 PM 1.4 1,752
6 AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ROANOKE – F FX Weds. 10:00 PM 1.3 1,713
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – SAINTS/PANTHERS NFLN Thurs. 8:27 PM 1.3 1,638
SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:49 PM 1.3 1,637
9 LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,470
SOUTH PARK COM Weds. 10:00 PM 1.1 1,383
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD ESPN Sat. 6:50 PM 1.1 1,368
12 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 1 1,325
CFP RANKINGS SHOW ESPN Tues. 9:12 PM 1.0 1,296
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,281
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,280
STREET OUTLAWS DISC Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,276
GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,246
18 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,217
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,217
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 9:30 PM 0.9 1,170
BLACK INK CREW CHICAGO VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,147
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – DUKE/KANSAS ESPN Tues. 9:38 PM 0.9 1,137
23 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 10:00 PM 0.8 1,091
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,074
A DECEMBER BRIDE – P HALL Sun. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,067

Note: 13 other shows also had 0.8 ratings but not as many viewers in the adults 18-49 demo.

Top 25 cable shows in viewers for Nov. 14-20, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 10,996
2 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – BENGALS/GIANTS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 10,717
3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – OHIO ST/MICHIGAN ST ESPN Sat. 12:00 PM 5,843
4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – INDIANA/MICHIGAN ESPN Sat. 3:30 PM 4,769
5 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 4,593
6 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 4,554
MY CHRISTMAS DREAM – P HALL Sat. 8:00 PM 4,451
8 A DECEMBER BRIDE – P HALL Sun. 8:00 PM 4,294
9 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 4,238
10 OBJECTIFIED: DONALD TRUMP – S FNC Fri. 10:00 PM 4,029
11 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Mon. 6:00 PM 3,803
12 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:02 PM 3,738
13 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 7:00 PM 3,724
14 THE KELLY FILE FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,684
15 THE KELLY FILE FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,651
16 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Fri. 8:00 PM 3,546
17 THE KELLY FILE FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,515
18 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Tues. 6:00 PM 3,506
19 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Weds. 6:00 PM 3,430
20 THE FIVE FNC Mon. 5:00 PM 3,418
21 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,400
22 THE FIVE FNC Tues. 5:00 PM 3,398
23 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Tues. 7:00 PM 3,392
24 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD ESPN Sat. 6:50 PM 3,387
25 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Thurs. 6:00 PM 3,351

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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