“The Walking Dead” put up massive ratings with its Season 7 premiere, posting its second-largest total audience and second-best adults 18-49 rating ever.

Here’s a measure of just how big the show was: Its 18-49 rating was equal to the combined total of “Monday Night Football” (3.0), the clinching game of the National League Championship Series (2.7) and CNN’s coverage of the third presidential debate (2.7), which had the best 18-49 rating among the cable news channels.

In viewers, “The Walking Dead’s” lead over the No. 2 program, Fox News’ debate coverage, was 5.65 million people — bigger than all but 11 shows on cable for the week.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49  for Oct. 17-23, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 THE WALKING DEAD – P AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 8.4 10,723
2 TALKING DEAD – P AMC Sun. 10:06 PM 3.7 4,698
3 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – JETS/CARDINALS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 3.0 3,840
4 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE CNN Weds. 9:03 PM 2.7 3,473
NLCS GM 6 – DODGERS/CUBS FS1 Sat. 8:00 PM 2.7 3,403
6 THE WALKING DEAD/FEARFEST AMC Sun. 7:30 PM 2.4 3,100
PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE FNC Weds. 9:03 PM 2.4 3,025
8 NLCS GM 5 – DODGERS/CUBS FS1 Thurs. 8:00 PM 2.0 2,543
9 NLCS GM 3 – CUBS/DODGERS FS1 Tues. 8:01 PM 1.9 2,433
10 NLCS GM 4 – CUBS/DODGERS FS1 Weds. 8:01 PM 1.8 2,360
DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN Weds. 10:37 PM 1.8 2,357
DEBATE ANALYSIS FNC Weds. 10:37 PM 1.8 2,261
13 NFL FOOTBALL – GIANTS/RAMS NFLN Sun. 9:32 AM 1.4 1,802
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ROANOKE FX Weds. 10:00 PM 1.4 1,749
15 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – BEARS/PACKERS NFLN Thurs. 8:27 PM 1.3 1,615
16 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.2 1,580
PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE MSNBC Weds. 9:04 PM 1.2 1,548
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,506
ALCS GM 3 – INDIANS/BLUE JAYS TBS Mon. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,503
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,499
NLCS POSTGAME FS1 Sat. 10:59 PM 1.2 1,490
22 LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,455
THE WALKING DEAD/FEARFEST AMC Sun. 6:30 PM 1.1 1,371
24 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 11:35 PM 1.0 1,315
SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:41 PM 1.0 1,278
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – WISCONSIN/IOWA ESPN Sat. 12:01 PM 1.0 1,262
NFL POSTGAME NFLN Sun. 12:38 PM 1.0 1,253
THE KELLY FILE FNC Weds. 11:00 PM 1.0 1,237

 

Top 25 cable shows in viewers for Oct. 17-23, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 THE WALKING DEAD – P AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 17,029
2 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE FNC Weds. 9:03 PM 11,380
3 NLCS GM 6 – DODGERS/CUBS FS1 Sat. 8:00 PM 9,706
4 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE CNN Weds. 9:03 PM 8,774
5 DEBATE ANALYSIS FNC Weds. 10:37 PM 8,660
6 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – JETS/CARDINALS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 8,398
7 TALKING DEAD – P AMC Sun. 10:06 PM 7,566
8 NLCS GM 5 – DODGERS/CUBS FS1 Thurs. 8:00 PM 7,183
9 NLCS GM 3 – CUBS/DODGERS FS1 Tues. 8:01 PM 6,504
10 DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN Weds. 10:37 PM 6,294
11 NLCS GM 4 – CUBS/DODGERS FS1 Weds. 8:01 PM 5,824
12 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE MSNBC Weds. 9:04 PM 5,550
13 THE WALKING DEAD/FEARFEST AMC Sun. 7:30 PM 5,335
14 THE KELLY FILE FNC Weds. 11:00 PM 4,757
15 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 4,744
16 ALCS GM 3 – INDIANS/BLUE JAYS TBS Mon. 8:00 PM 4,287
17 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,853
18 DEBATE ANALYSIS MSNBC Weds. 10:37 PM 3,739
19 NFL FOOTBALL – GIANTS/RAMS NFLN Sun. 9:32 AM 3,697
20 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN Weds. 8:00 PM 3,622
21 THE KELLY FILE FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,583
22 NASCAR SPRINT CUP – TALLADEGA NBCSN Sun. 2:16 PM 3,575
23 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 3,393
24 NLCS POSTGAME FS1 Sat. 10:59 PM 3,371
25 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,306

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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