The combined broadcast and cable Top 25 is top-heavy with sports and zombies for the week of Oct. 31-Nov. 6.

“The Walking Dead” is the top cable show in the rankings, finishing fourth overall in adults 18-49 (behind the final two games of the World Series and “Sunday Night Football”) and seventh in viewers. “Monday Night Football,” “Thursday Night Football,” “Talking Dead” and an NBA game on TNT also made the Top 25 in the 18-49 demographic. “MNF” was the only other cable show to crack the viewer rankings.

Top 25 broadcast and cable series (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 WORLD SERIES GM 7 – CUBS/INDIANS FOX Weds. 7:58 PM 12.6 16,189
2 WORLD SERIES GM 6 – CUBS/INDIANS FOX Tues. 8:04 PM 6.6 8,500
3 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – BRONCOS/RAIDERS NBC Sun. 8:32 PM 6.6 8,466
4 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 5.7 7,283
5 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – VIKINGS/BEARS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 3.5 4,514
6 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 7:54 PM 3.4 4,396
7 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – ALABAMA/LSU CBS Sat. 8:00 PM 3.1 3,994
THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 3.1 3,939
9 CMA AWARDS – S ABC Weds. 8:00 PM 2.9 3,673
10 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:50 PM 2.4 3,060
11 THIS IS US NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2.3 2,964
12 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – FALCONS/BUCCANEERS NFLN Thurs. 8:26 PM 2.1 2,705
GREY’S ANATOMY ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2.1 2,684
THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 2.1 2,631
15 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:01 PM 1.8 2,350
16 NBA BASKETBALL – THUNDER/WARRIORS TNT Thurs. 10:50 PM 1.7 2,236
17 THE GREAT INDOORS CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 1.6 2,093
WORLD SERIES PREGAME FOX Tues. 7:30 PM 1.6 2,089
SURVIVOR CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 1.6 1,994
20 AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE ABC Tues. 8:30 PM 1.5 1,943
FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 2 NBC Sun. 7:30 PM 1.5 1,913
DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.5 1,905
THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.5 1,886
CHICAGO FIRE NBC Tues. 10:00 PM 1.5 1,867
25 SATURDAY NIGHT COLLEGE FB – NEBRASKA/OHIO ST ABC Sat. 8:07 PM 1.4 1,842
THE MIDDLE ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,797
THE SIMPSONS FOX Sun. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,776
NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS Sun. 8:50 PM 1.4 1,740

 

Top 25 broadcast and cable series in viewers for Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 WORLD SERIES GM 7 – CUBS/INDIANS FOX Weds. 7:58 PM 40,047
2 WORLD SERIES GM 6 – CUBS/INDIANS FOX Tues. 8:04 PM 23,398
3 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – BRONCOS/RAIDERS NBC Sun. 8:32 PM 18,325
4 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 14,178
5 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:50 PM 14,047
6 CMA AWARDS – S ABC Weds. 8:00 PM 12,498
7 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 11,721
8 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – VIKINGS/BEARS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 10,476
9 NCIS – R CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 10,446
10 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 10,390
11 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – ALABAMA/LSU CBS Sat. 8:00 PM 10,385
12 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS Sun. 8:50 PM 10,256
13 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3 NBC Sun. 7:54 PM 10,129
14 BLUE BLOODS CBS Fri. 10:00 PM 9,761
15 HAWAII FIVE-0 CBS Fri. 9:00 PM 9,477
16 THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 9,475
17 THIS IS US NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 8,480
18 MADAM SECRETARY CBS Sun. 9:50 PM 8,238
19 THE GREAT INDOORS CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 8,056
20 BULL – R CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 8,040
21 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 7,599
22 MACGYVER CBS Fri. 8:00 PM 7,591
23 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – R CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 7,033
24 SURVIVOR CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 6,934
25 THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 6,864

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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