“The Walking Dead” suffered a 27-percent decline with its second episode of Season 7. That was a larger than usual drop for episode 2, but the show still led the cable rankings for the week by a wide margin.

AMC’s hit drew a 6.1 rating in adults 18-49, topping second-place “Monday Night Football” (3.7) by 2.4 points — a margin greater than the rating for any other show on cable. The race in viewers was somewhat closer, but “The Walking Dead” still led “MNF” by more than a million viewers.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49  for Oct. 24-30, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 6.1 7,813
2 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – TEXANS/BRONCOS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 3.7 4,738
3 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:06 PM 2.0 2,609
4 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – JAGUARS/TITANS NFLN Thurs. 8:27 PM 1.8 2,344
5 NBA BASKETBALL – SPURS/WARRIORS TNT Tues. 10:12 PM 1.6 2,053
6 AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ROANOKE FX Weds. 10:00 PM 1.4 1,807
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – MICHIGAN/MICHIGAN ST ESPN Sat. 12:00 PM 1.4 1,803
8 NBA BASKETBALL – KNICKS/CAVALIERS TNT Tues. 7:33 PM 1.3 1,673
9 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:41 PM 1.1 1,440
LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,409
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,374
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – NEBRASKA/WISCONSIN ESPN Sat. 7:06 PM 1.1 1,372
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL POSTGAME NFLN Thurs. 11:34 PM 1.1 1,351
14 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – NORTHWESTERN/OHIO ST ESPN Sat. 3:50 PM 1.0 1,342
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,270
THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 7:55 PM 1.0 1,245
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,234
18 NBA BASKETBALL – ROCKETS/LAKERS ESPN Weds. 10:42 PM 0.9 1,175
19 SOUTH PARK COM Weds. 10:00 PM 0.8 1,080
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:30 PM 0.8 1,074
NBA BASKETBALL – WARRIORS/PELICANS ESPN Fri. 9:37 PM 0.8 1,063
GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,062
FAMILY GUY ADSM Sun. 10:30 PM 0.8 1,052
BLACK INK CREW CHICAGO VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,040
NBA BASKETBALL – CELTICS/BULLS TNT Thurs. 8:13 PM 0.8 1,003
NBA BASKETBALL – CLIPPERS/BLAZERS TNT Thurs. 10:49 PM 0.8 985
THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 11:05 PM 0.8 969

 

Top 25 cable shows in viewers for Oct. 24-30, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 12,455
2 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – TEXANS/BRONCOS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 11,168
3 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – JAGUARS/TITANS NFLN Thurs. 8:27 PM 5,068
4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – MICHIGAN/MICHIGAN ST ESPN Sat. 12:00 PM 4,647
5 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:06 PM 4,294
6 HANNITY FNC Fri. 10:00 PM 3,920
7 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Fri. 8:00 PM 3,831
8 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,816
9 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – NEBRASKA/WISCONSIN ESPN Sat. 7:06 PM 3,770
10 THE KELLY FILE FNC Fri. 9:00 PM 3,744
11 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – NORTHWESTERN/OHIO ST ESPN Sat. 3:50 PM 3,657
12 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Fri. 6:00 PM 3,617
13 NBA BASKETBALL – SPURS/WARRIORS TNT Tues. 10:12 PM 3,481
14 THE FIVE FNC Fri. 5:00 PM 3,458
15 A WISH FOR CHRISTMAS HALL Sat. 8:00 PM 3,371
16 ON THE RECORD W/BRIT HUME FNC Fri. 7:00 PM 3,330
17 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 3,268
18 THE KELLY FILE FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,015
19 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 3,002
20 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 2,983
21 NBA BASKETBALL – KNICKS/CAVALIERS TNT Tues. 7:33 PM 2,870
22 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 2,861
23 HANNITY FNC Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,817
24 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,807
25 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:41 PM 2,788

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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