The final “Walking Dead” episode of 2017 improved a little bit in the ratings, but the first half of the season is still way down from last year.

Sunday’s episode drew a 3.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.89 million viewers, up from 3.3 and 7.47 million the previous week. The first half of Season 8 as a whole averaged 3.8 in the 18-49 demographic, down 33 percent from 5.7 for the same time frame last year.

“Talking Dead” scored a 1.4, up from 1.2 the previous week.

Elsewhere Sunday, “Shameless” (0.5) slipped a tenth of a point in adults 18-49 but was steady in viewers with 1.52 million. “Outlander” finished its third season at 0.3, in line with its 18-49 average, and 1.43 million viewers, off slightly from a week earlier.

“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” held steady at 1.0 (and rose in viewers to 2.64 million), while “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” (0.5) rose a tenth. Hallmark’s movie “Sharing Christmas” scored a 0.6 and 3.69 million viewers, on par with the previous Sunday’s movie.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
THE WALKING DEAD AMC 9:00 PM 7,885 3.4
TALKING DEAD AMC 10:28 PM 3,359 1.4
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO 8:00 PM 2,640 1.0
90 DAY FIANCE TLC 8:00 PM 1,898 0.6
ROBOT CHICKEN ADULT SWIM 11:30 PM 1,098 0.6
SHARING CHRISTMAS HALLMARK 8:00 PM 3,686 0.6
SHAMELESS SHOWTIME 9:06 PM 1,517 0.5
KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS E! 9:00 PM 1,063 0.5
NFL COUNTDOWN ESPN 10:00 AM 1,198 0.5
LIGA MX UNIVISION DEPORTES 6:30 PM 853 0.4
PREMIER LEAGUE NBCSN 11:25 AM 902 0.4
SQUIDBILLIES ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 749 0.4
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE BRAVO 11:00 PM 848 0.3
THE JELLIES ADULT SWIM 12:15 AM 681 0.3
GUY’S GROCERY GAMES FOOD 8:00 PM 1,120 0.3
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 12:00 AM 662 0.3
OUTLANDER STARZ 8:02 PM 1,427 0.3
UNEXPECTED TLC 10:05 PM 932 0.3
ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 2,032 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 9:00 AM 711 0.3
PREMIER LEAGUE NBCSN 9:12 AM 594 0.3
COMIC BOOK MEN AMC 12:55 AM 559 0.2
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 1:01 AM 524 0.2
CONTACTO DEPORTIVO UNIVISION DEPORTES 9:21 PM 501 0.2
BEACH HUNTERS HGTV 9:30 PM 1,162 0.2

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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