“The Walking Dead” and “Monday Night Football” both were at season lows in the week of Nov. 27. Despite that, they were still far and away the two top shows on cable for the week.

“The Walking Dead” led the 18-49 rankings with a 3.3 rating, followed by “MNF” at 2.7. “Thursday Night Football” on the NFL Network, “Talking Dead,” “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” ESPN’s coverage of the Pac 12 title game and “Love & Hip Hop” were the only other shows at or above 1.0.

“Monday Night Football” topped the viewer chart with 8.27 million viewers, followed by “The Walking Dead” at 7.47 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. 27-Dec. 3, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 3.3 4,198
2 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – TEXANS/RAVENS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 2.7 3,443
3 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – WASHINGTON/DALLAS NFLN Thurs. 8:27 PM 1.2 1,523
TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:04 PM 1.2 1,485
5 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,280
PAC 12 CHAMPIONSHIP – STANFORD/USC ESPN Fri. 7:54 PM 1.0 1,267
LOVE & HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,242
8 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,203
SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:40 PM 0.9 1,190
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,139
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,139
12 GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,050
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,050
THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,037
STREET OUTLAWS DISC Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 986
16 STREET OUTLAWS SPECIAL DISC Mon. 10:01 PM 0.7 922
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 922
TEEN MOM MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 883
19 COLLEGE BASKETBALL – DUKE/INDIANA ESPN Weds. 9:34 PM 0.6 819
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN Sat. 9:00 AM 0.6 819
90 DAY FIANCE TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.6 806
TNF PREGAME NFLN Thurs. 8:17 PM 0.6 781
CFP RANKINGS SHOW ESPN Tues. 7:00 PM 0.6 755
CHRISTMAS AT HOLLY LODGE HALL Sun. 8:00 PM 0.6 742
FIXER UPPER HGTV Tues. 9:00 PM 0.6 730
VIKINGS – P HIST Weds. 9:00 PM 0.6 730
SHAMELESS SHO Sun. 9:03 PM 0.6 730

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in viewers for Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – TEXANS/RAVENS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 8,270
2 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 7,468
3 CHRISTMAS IN EVERGREEN HALL Sat. 8:00 PM 3,964
4 CHRISTMAS AT HOLLY LODGE HALL Sun. 8:00 PM 3,869
5 HANNITY FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,720
6 PAC 12 CHAMPIONSHIP – STANFORD/USC ESPN Fri. 7:54 PM 3,657
7 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 3,356
8 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 3,349
9 HANNITY FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,335
10 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 3,318
11 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,317
12 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 3,291
13 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,109
14 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – WASHINGTON/DALLAS NFLN Thurs. 8:27 PM 3,081
15 HANNITY FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,080
16 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 3,062
17 THE STORY FNC Thurs. 7:00 PM 3,012
18 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Fri. 8:00 PM 2,980
19 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 2,956
20 GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,926
21 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,907
22 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,887
23 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Thurs. 6:00 PM 2,802
24 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,801
25 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Weds. 6:00 PM 2,786

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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