As noted elsewhere on TV by the Numbers, the Season 8 premiere of “The Walking Dead” pulled its lowest premiere rating since Season 2 in adults 18-49. It was also down about 40 percent from last season’s near-record premiere (5.0 rating vs. 8.4).

Still, the show was plenty big enough to lead the cable ratings for the week of Oct. 16-22 by a pretty wide margin. “The Walking Dead” finished 72 percent ahead of second-place “Monday Night Football” (season-low 2.9) in adults 18-49 and about 1.5 million viewers ahead of Game 7 of the American League Championship series in total audience.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Oct. 16-22, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)
1 THE WALKING DEAD – P AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 5.0 6,489
2 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – COLTS/TITANS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 2.9 3,760
3 ALCS – YANKEES/ASTROS GM 7 FS1 Sat. 8:00 PM 2.7 3,424
4 NBA BASKETBALL – CELTICS/CAVALIERS TNT Tues. 8:00 PM 2.5 3,285
5 ALCS – YANKEES/ASTROS GM 6 FS1 Fri. 8:00 PM 2.1 2,719
TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:07 PM 2.1 2,676
7 NLCS – DODGERS/CUBS GM 4 TBS Weds. 8:57 PM 2.0 2,605
8 NBA BASKETBALL – ROCKETS/WARRIORS TNT Tues. 10:35 PM 1.9 2,496
THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 7:30 PM 1.9 2,469
10 NLCS – DODGERS/CUBS GM 3 TBS Tues. 8:57 PM 1.8 2,382
11 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – CHIEFS/RAIDERS NFLN Thurs. 8:27 PM 1.4 1,813
NLCS – DODGERS/CUBS GM 5 TBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,765
13 ALCS – ASTROS/YANKEES GM 5 FS1 Weds. 5:30 PM 1.3 1,694
ALCS – ASTROS/YANKEES GM 3 FS1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,661
TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 11:15 PM 1.3 1,638
16 TNF POSTGAME NFLN Thurs. 11:54 PM 1.2 1,555
LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,527
ALCS – ASTROS/YANKEES GM 4 FS1 Tues. 5:00 PM 1.2 1,501
19 LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,460
NBA BASKETBALL – CLIPPERS/LAKERS TNT Thurs. 10:44 PM 1.1 1,418
NBA BASKETBALL – KNICKS/THUNDER TNT Thurs. 8:14 PM 1.1 1,376
22 NBA BASKETBALL – T-WOLVES/SPURS ESPN Weds. 9:40 PM 1.0 1,286
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT FX Tues. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,248
NBA BASKETBALL – WARRIORS/PELICANS ESPN Fri. 9:26 PM 1.0 1,235
25 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:46 PM 0.9 1,221
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,188
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,166
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,162
NBA BASKETBALL – SIXERS/WIZARDS ESPN Weds. 6:59 PM 0.9 1,134
FAMILY GUY ADSM Sun. 10:30 PM 0.9 1,112

 

Top 25 cable shows in viewers for Oct. 16-22, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 THE WALKING DEAD – P AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 11,439
2 ALCS – YANKEES/ASTROS GM 7 FS1 Sat. 8:00 PM 9,924
3 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – COLTS/TITANS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 8,439
4 ALCS – YANKEES/ASTROS GM 6 FS1 Fri. 8:00 PM 8,225
5 NLCS – DODGERS/CUBS GM 4 TBS Weds. 8:57 PM 6,806
6 NLCS – DODGERS/CUBS GM 3 TBS Tues. 8:57 PM 6,026
7 NBA BASKETBALL – CELTICS/CAVALIERS TNT Tues. 8:00 PM 5,623
8 ALCS – ASTROS/YANKEES GM 5 FS1 Weds. 5:30 PM 5,277
9 NLCS – DODGERS/CUBS GM 5 TBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 5,248
10 ALCS – ASTROS/YANKEES GM 3 FS1 Mon. 8:00 PM 5,124
11 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:07 PM 4,895
12 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 7:30 PM 4,878
13 ALCS – ASTROS/YANKEES GM 4 FS1 Tues. 5:00 PM 4,764
14 NBA BASKETBALL – ROCKETS/WARRIORS TNT Tues. 10:35 PM 4,267
15 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – CHIEFS/RAIDERS NFLN Thurs. 8:27 PM 3,509
16 HANNITY FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,357
17 HANNITY FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,197
18 HANNITY FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,181
19 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 11:15 PM 3,152
20 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 3,045
21 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,909
22 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,896
23 ALCS POSTGAME FS1 Weds. 8:30 PM 2,883
24 TNF POSTGAME NFLN Thurs. 11:54 PM 2,800
25 NASCAR CUP SERIES RACE – KANSAS NBCSN Sun. 3:26 PM 2,756

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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