Both “The Walking Dead” and “Monday Night Football” experienced week-to-week ratings declines in the week of Oct. 30. The two shows nonetheless held onto their rankings as the top programs on cable.

“The Walking Dead” led the adults 18-49 demographic with a 3.8 rating, down slightly from the previous week’s 4.0 (and continuing a trend of multiple-year lows for the series). “MNF” finished second in the demo with a 3.5, down from 3.9.

“Monday Night Football” finished No. 1 in viewers with 10.49 million, down about 8 percent from the prior week. “The Walking Dead’s” 8.52 million was off 4.5 percent week to week.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 3.8 4,883
2 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – BRONCOS/CHIEFS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 3.5 4,564
3 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – BILLS/JETS NFLN Thurs. 8:28 PM 1.9 2,475
4 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:00 PM 1.3 1,671
5 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – OHIO ST./IOWA ESPN Sat. 3:34 PM 1.2 1,519
6 LOVE AND HIP HOP – P VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,440
SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:40 PM 1.1 1,407
8 NBA BASKETBALL – CELTICS/THUNDER ESPN Fri. 9:44 PM 1.0 1,314
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,266
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,262
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA – P BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,251
12 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,123
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD ESPN Sat. 3:23 PM 0.9 1,101
14 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – AUBURN/TEXAS A&M ESPN Sat. 12:00 PM 0.8 1,030
THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 7:59 PM 0.8 1,021
FAMILY GUY ADSM Sun. 10:30 PM 0.8 995
NBA BASKETBALL – LAKERS/BLAZERS TNT Thurs. 10:35 PM 0.8 991
18 NBA BASKETBALL – WARRIORS/SPURS TNT Thurs. 8:14 PM 0.7 966
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:30 PM 0.7 965
TNF PRE-KICK NFLN Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.7 955
GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 0.7 952
SHAMELESS – P SHO Sun. 9:07 PM 0.7 947
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:00 PM 0.7 933
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT FX Tues. 10:00 PM 0.7 931
FAMILY GUY ADSM Sun. 10:00 PM 0.7 921

*10 other shows also had 0.7 ratings, but with not as many viewers in the demographic.

Top 25 cable shows in viewers for Oct. 30-Nov. 5, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – BRONCOS/CHIEFS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 10,487
2 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 8,519
3 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – BILLS/JETS NFLN Thurs. 8:28 PM 5,850
4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – OHIO ST./IOWA ESPN Sat. 3:34 PM 4,112
5 HANNITY FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,765
6 MISS CHRISTMAS HALL Sun. 8:00 PM 3,623
7 HANNITY FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,510
8 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,340
9 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 3,277
10 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FNC Mon. 10:00 PM 3,276
11 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,223
12 HANNITY FNC Fri. 9:00 PM 3,180
SHEPARD SMITH REPORTING FNC Tues. 5:00 PM 3,180
14 CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF ICE HALL Sat. 8:00 PM 3,164
15 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:00 PM 3,119
16 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,106
17 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Tues. 6:00 PM 3,097
18 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,092
19 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Sun. 6:00 PM 3,072
20 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FNC Thurs. 10:00 PM 3,050
21 THE STORY FNC Tues. 7:00 PM 2,995
22 HANNITY FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,986
23 HANNITY FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,956
24 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,947
25 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Fri. 8:00 PM 2,912

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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