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What’s bigger than zombies? Presidential candidates, at least in terms of viewers on cable for the week of Oct. 12-18.

CNN’s coverage of the first Democratic primary debate drew a bigger total audience than “The Walking Dead,” a rare feat in recent seasons. “TWD” was still the leader among adults 18-49 by a long shot, however. The debate and some strong college football games pushed “American Horror Story: Hotel” (2.2) down to eighth place for the week.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Oct. 12-18, 2015

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating Live + SD 18-49 Viewers Live + SD
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 10/18/15 9:00 PM 6.2 7822
2 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ESPN 10/12/15 8:15 PM 4.5 5684
3 NEVADA DEM DEBATE CNN 10/13/15 9:00 PM 3.6 4552
4 NEV DEM DEBATE CNN 10/13/15 10:49 PM 2.9 3733
5 NEVADA DEM DEBATE CNN 10/13/15 8:37 PM 2.7 3438
6 COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT    L ESPN 10/17/15 3:28 PM 2.4 2985
7 MLB NLCS GAME 1 TBSC 10/17/15 8:00 PM 2.3 2871
8 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME  L ESPN 10/17/15 7:24 PM 2.2 2798
9 AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL FX 10/14/15 10:00 PM 2.2 2728
10 MLB DIVISION SERIES TBSC 10/15/15 8:00 PM 2.1 2682
10t TALKING DEAD AMC 10/18/15 10:02 PM 2.1 2638
12 MLB DIVISION SERIES TBSC 10/13/15 8:00 PM 2.0 2500
13 MLB NLCS GAME 2 TBSC 10/18/15 8:00 PM 1.9 2439
14 MLB AL DIVISION SERIES FS1 10/14/15 8:00 PM 1.8 2267
15 MLB DIVISION SERIES TBSC 10/12/15 6:01 PM 1.7 2126
16 MLB DIVISION SERIES TBSC 10/13/15 4:30 PM 1.6 2066
16t SPORTSCENTER ESPN 10/12/15 11:43 PM 1.6 1994
18 LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 10/12/15 8:00 PM 1.4 1813
19 MLB DIVISION SERIES TBSC 10/12/15 9:37 PM 1.2 1547
19t GOLD RUSH DISC 10/16/15 9:00 PM 1.2 1539
19t WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 10/12/15 8:00 PM 1.2 1474
19t THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NFLN 10/15/15 8:27 PM 1.2 1458
23 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL POSTGAME NFLN 10/15/15 11:16 PM 1.1 1424
23t BLACK INK CREW 3 VH1 10/12/15 9:00 PM 1.1 1412
23t COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME  L ESPN 10/17/15 10:46 PM 1.1 1391
23t WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 10/12/15 9:00 PM 1.1 1371
23t WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 10/12/15 10:00 PM 1.1 1345

 

Top 25 cable series in viewers for Oct. 12-18, 2015

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers Live+SD (000s)
1 NEVADA DEM DEBATE CNN 10/13/15 9:00 PM 15791
2 NEVADA DEM DEBATE CNN 10/13/15 8:37 PM 12689
3 NEV DEM DEBATE CNN 10/13/15 10:49 PM 12672
4 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 10/18/15 9:00 PM 12183
5 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ESPN 10/12/15 8:15 PM 12182
6 MLB NLCS GAME 1 TBSC 10/17/15 8:00 PM 7891
7 COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT    L ESPN 10/17/15 3:28 PM 7398
8 MLB DIVISION SERIES TBSC 10/15/15 8:00 PM 7384
9 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME  L ESPN 10/17/15 7:24 PM 6777
10 MLB NLCS GAME 2 TBSC 10/18/15 8:00 PM 6567
11 MLB DIVISION SERIES TBSC 10/13/15 8:00 PM 6347
12 MLB DIVISION SERIES TBSC 10/13/15 4:30 PM 6179
13 MLB AL DIVISION SERIES L FS1 10/14/15 8:00 PM 5944
14 MLB DIVISION SERIES TBSC 10/12/15 6:01 PM 5784
15 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 10/13/15 8:00 PM 4662
16 TALKING DEAD AMC 10/18/15 10:02 PM 4308
17 AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL FX 10/14/15 10:00 PM 4061
18 MLB DIVISION SERIES TBSC 10/12/15 9:37 PM 3960
19 GOLD RUSH DISC 10/16/15 9:00 PM 3886
20 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 10/12/15 8:00 PM 3518
21 SPORTSCENTER ESPN 10/12/15 11:43 PM 3516
22 AC360 POST DEBATE SPCL CNN 10/13/15 11:02 PM 3419
23 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 10/12/15 9:00 PM 3254
24 MLB AL DIVISION SERIES L FS1 10/14/15 4:00 PM 3199
25 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FOXNC 10/14/15 8:00 PM 3142

 

All ratings are live + same-day. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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