The season finale of “The Walking Dead” hit a six-episode high in the ratings — but it also had the lowest ratings for a season ender of the show since Season 2.
Sunday’s finale drew a 5.4 rating among adults 18-49 (along with 11.31 million total viewers), the best for the show this season since its Feb. 12 return scored a 5.7. It’s down 22 percent, however, from the 6.9 for the Season 6 finale last year. The last time a “Walking Dead” finale was lower was back in 201, when the Season 2 finale drew a 4.7.
For the season as a whole, “The Walking Dead” was down about 17 percent — 5.4 vs. 6.5 in Season 6.
Elsewhere, “Big Little Lies” ended on a high for HBO with a 0.7 in adults 18-49 and 1.86 million viewers. ESPN’s first Sunday night baseball telecast scored a solid 1.2 and 3.62 million viewers, its most-watched opening night ever. “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” was steady at 1.1, and the women’s NCAA Championship delivered a 0.8 and 3.83 million viewers.
Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, April 2, 2017
|Shows||Net||Time||Total Viewers (000s)||18-49 rating|
|THE WALKING DEAD||AMC||9:00 PM||11,314||5.4|
|INTO THE BADLANDS||AMC||10:25 PM||3,113||1.4|
|MLB SUNDAY NIGHT||ESPN||8:29 PM||3,616||1.2|
|TALKING DEAD||AMC||11:25 PM||2,547||1.1|
|REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA||BRAVO||8:00 PM||2,582||1.1|
|COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD||ESPN||8:17 PM||3,745||0.9|
|WOMEN’S NCAA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP||ESPN||6:11 PM||3,827||0.8|
|NASCAR M.E. CUP RACING||FS1||2:00 PM||3,963||0.8|
|BIG LITTLE LIES||HBO||9:02 PM||1,862||0.7|
|KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS||E!||9:00 PM||1,164||0.6|
|REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC||BRAVO||9:00 PM||1,596||0.6|
|NAKED AND AFRAID||DISCOVERY||10:00 PM||1,772||0.6|
|YOUR PRETTY FACE IS GOING TO HELL||ADULT SWIM||11:30 PM||986||0.5|
|MLB OPENING DAY||ESPN||1:00 PM||1,302||0.5|
|LAST WEEK TONIGHT||HBO||11:02 PM||1,184||0.4|
|MLB OPENING DAY||ESPN||4:00 PM||1,019||0.4|
|BASEBALL TONIGHT||ESPN||7:35 PM||969||0.4|
|ISLAND LIFE||HGTV||10:00 PM||1,468||0.4|
|FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN||FX||10:00 PM||1,355||0.4|
|SPRING BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP||FOOD||9:00 PM||1,319||0.3|
|BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT||HGTV||8:30 PM||1,460||0.3|
|CARIBBEAN LIFE||HGTV||9:00 PM||1,451||0.3|