“The Walking Dead” and “Monday Night Football” split the No. 1 rankings among cable shows for the week of Oct. 23.

“The Walking Dead,” despite hitting a five-year low, still managed to win the adults 18-49 race with a 4.0 rating. It finished just ahead of “MNF’s” 3.9 (and will increase its lead with delayed viewing).

“Monday Night Football,” on the other hand, easily led the total-viewer chart with 11.35 million viewers to “The Walking Dead’s” 8.92 million. The two shows were pretty much unchallenged at the top; no other show had half as good an 18-49 rating or half as many total viewers.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Oct. 23-29, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 4.0 5,145
2 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – WASHINGTON/DALLAS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 3.9 5,067
3 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:00 PM 1.4 1,799
SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:44 PM 1.4 1,783
5 NFL FOOTBALL – MINNESOTA/CLEVELAND NFLN Sun. 9:30 AM 1.3 1,651
6 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,491
7 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – MIAMI/BALTIMORE NFLN Thurs. 8:27 PM 1.1 1,407
LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,407
9 AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT FX Tues. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,325
NBA BASKETBALL – WASHINGTON/LA LAKERS ESPN Weds. 10:35 PM 1.0 1,317
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,307
12 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,213
NFL POSTGAME NFLN Sun. 12:40 PM 0.9 1,139
14 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,042
FAMILY GUY ADSM Tues. 11:30 PM 0.8 975
FAMILY GUY ADSM Thurs. 11:30 PM 0.7 951
17 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 7:54 PM 0.7 935
FAMILY GUY ADSM Tues. 11:00 PM 0.7 930
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:30 PM 0.7 918
FAMILY GUY ADSM Thurs. 11:00 PM 0.7 918
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:00 PM 0.7 905
FAMILY GUY ADSM Sun. 10:00 PM 0.7 888
NFL PRIMETIME ESPN Mon. 1:00 AM 0.7 888
SOUTH PARK COM Weds. 10:00 PM 0.7 886
FAMILY GUY ADSM Sun. 10:30 PM 0.7 881
SCARED FAMOUS – P VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 875
GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 0.7 871
TNF POSTGAME NFLN Thurs. 11:36 PM 0.7 862
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 855
TNF PREKICK NFLN Thurs. 8:20 PM 0.7 854
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 9:00 PM 0.7 846

 

Top 25 cable shows in viewers for Oct. 23-29, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – WASHINGTON/DALLAS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 11,353
2 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 8,923
3 HANNITY FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,691
4 HANNITY FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,555
5 NFL FOOTBALL – MINNESOTA/CLEVELAND NFLN Sun. 9:30 AM 3,453
6 MARRY ME AT CHRISTMAS HALL Sat. 8:00 PM 3,373
7 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,337
8 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,275
9 THE CHRISTMAS CURE HALL Sun. 8:00 PM 3,252
10 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:00 PM 3,246
11 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:44 PM 3,195
12 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 3,138
13 HANNITY FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,100
14 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,974
15 HANNITY FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,914
16 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 2,858
17 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 2,802
18 NASCAR CUP SERIES RACE – MARTINSVILLE NBCSN Sun. 3:24 PM 2,775
19 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – MIAMI/BALTIMORE NFLN Thurs. 8:27 PM 2,725
20 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 2,702
21 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Fri. 8:00 PM 2,654
22 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,652
23 HANNITY SPECIAL FNC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,643
24 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,587
25 THE FIVE FNC Thurs. 5:00 PM 2,580

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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