The final “Walking Dead” episode of 2016 was the runaway leader in Sunday’s cable ratings — no surprise there. It also trailed the ratings for the fall finale in the past several seasons — also no surprise in this season of declines for the show.

Sunday’s episode posted a 5.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.58 million viewers, up a tenth of a point and about 100,000 viewers from the previous week. That’s the smallest 18-49 rating for a fall finale since Season 2 and the smallest viewer total for that episode since Season 3. It’s down about 27 percent from the 7.0 for last season’s midpoint.

Elsewhere Sunday, “Talking Dead” was up some from recent weeks with a 2.0. “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” posted a 1.0, and “Shameless” and “Married to Medicine” each drew a 0.6. “The Librarians” and “Mariah’s World” each came in at 0.4.

Top 100 cable shows in adults 18-49 for Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016

Show Net Time Total Viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
WALKING DEAD AMC 9:00 PM 10,583 5.1
TALKING DEAD AMC 10:26 PM 4,311 2.0
REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA BRAVO 8:00 PM 2,614 1.0
WALKING DEAD AMC 7:31 PM 2,124 0.9
WALKING DEAD AMC 11:25 PM 1,685 0.7
HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 8:00 PM 4,334 0.7
MARRIED TO MEDICINE BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,579 0.6
SHAMELESS S7 SHOWTIME PRIME 9:03 PM 1,584 0.6
NFL COUNTDOWN L ESPN 11:00 AM 1,447 0.6
FAMILY GUY ADULT SWIM 10:00 PM 1,311 0.6
HOLIDAY BAKING CHAMPION 3 FOOD NETWORK 9:00 PM 1,974 0.6
HALLMARK MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 10:00 PM 2,529 0.6
TNT SUNDAY MOVIES TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 4:54 PM 1,355 0.5
RICK & MORTY ADULT SWIM 11:00 PM 1,083 0.5
SUNDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 6:55 PM 1,436 0.5
HALLMARK MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 6:00 PM 2,448 0.5
HALLMARK MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 12:00 PM 1,915 0.5
SUNDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 4:50 PM 1,348 0.5
SISTER WIVES TLC 8:00 PM 1,469 0.5
BOBS BURGERS ADULT SWIM 9:30 PM 1,072 0.5
SISTER WIVES TLC 9:02 PM 1,450 0.5
TBS PRIME MOVIE TBS NETWORK 8:30 PM 967 0.5
ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER DISCOVERY CHANNEL 9:00 PM 2,798 0.5
NFL INSIDERS: SUNDAY L ESPN 10:00 AM 1,054 0.5
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 11:30 AM 1,809 0.5
TNT SUNDAY MOVIES TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 1:45 PM 1,095 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 11:00 AM 1,809 0.4
LIBRARIANS, THE TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 8:00 PM 1,755 0.4
HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 2:00 PM 1,951 0.4
GUYS GROCERY GAMES FOOD NETWORK 8:00 PM 1,344 0.4
ROBOT CHICKEN ADULT SWIM 11:30 PM 946 0.4
ROBOT CHICKEN ADULT SWIM 11:45 PM 919 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 6:00 AM 899 0.4
MARIAHS WORLD E! 9:00 PM 809 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 6:30 AM 893 0.4
COMIC BOOK MEN AMC 12:50 AM 878 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 5:00 PM 1,326 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 6:00 PM 1,236 0.4
FRIENDS NICK-AT-NITE 11:30 PM 1,130 0.4
TBS PRIME MOVIE TBS NETWORK 6:00 PM 936 0.4
SUNDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 9:55 PM 1,060 0.4
FRIENDS NICK-AT-NITE 12:00 AM 994 0.4
HALLMARK MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 10:00 AM 1,445 0.4
TNT SUNDAY MOVIES TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 10:48 AM 993 0.4
REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA BRAVO 10:00 PM 987 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 3:30 PM 1,580 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 7:00 PM 1,139 0.4
WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 6:21 PM 977 0.4
ALBERT NICKELODEON 12:00 PM 1,573 0.4
HALLMARK MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 12:00 AM 1,591 0.4
FRIENDS NICK-AT-NITE 12:33 AM 920 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 8:00 PM 1,218 0.4
ROBOT CHICKEN ADULT SWIM 12:30 AM 766 0.4
BOBS BURGERS ADULT SWIM 1:00 AM 736 0.4
THE COLLECTION FROM HHOF HALLMARK CHANNEL 4:00 PM 1,840 0.4
ROBOT CHICKEN ADULT SWIM 12:45 AM 755 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 10:30 AM 1,561 0.4
INTERSTITIAL BREAK SHOWTIME PRIME 9:56 PM 1,031 0.4
SUNDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 9:25 PM 996 0.4
ROBOT CHICKEN ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 820 0.4
SPORTSCENTER 1AM L ESPN 12:30 AM 790 0.4
FAMILY GUY ADULT SWIM 2:00 AM 723 0.4
ROBOT CHICKEN ADULT SWIM 12:15 AM 775 0.4
BOBS BURGERS ADULT SWIM 9:00 PM 841 0.3
NICK HOHO HOLIDAY SPECIAL NICKELODEON 7:00 PM 1,815 0.3
CLASH OF THE GRANDMAS FOOD NETWORK 10:00 PM 1,329 0.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 9:00 PM 1,109 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 9:00 AM 778 0.3
LIP SYNC BATTLE SHORTIES NICKELODEON 8:00 PM 1,782 0.3
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 5:30 PM 848 0.3
BOBS BURGERS ADULT SWIM 1:30 AM 700 0.3
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE BRAVO 11:00 PM 929 0.3
SOUTH PARK COMEDY CENTRAL 8:27 PM 606 0.3
SUNDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 2:50 PM 980 0.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 2:00 PM 1,063 0.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 4:00 PM 1,048 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 10:00 AM 1,455 0.3
MOVIES WE LOVE E! 5:30 PM 845 0.3
SUNDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 9:35 AM 927 0.3
LOUD HOUSE NICKELODEON 4:00 PM 1,462 0.3
FIXER UPPER HOME AND GARDEN TV 5:00 PM 1,548 0.3
WALKING DEAD AMC 1:20 AM 680 0.3
SOUTH PARK COMEDY CENTRAL 7:54 PM 606 0.3
FRIENDS NICK-AT-NITE 11:00 PM 1,003 0.3
LOUD HOUSE NICKELODEON 1:00 PM 1,391 0.3
ROYALS, THE E! 10:00 PM 679 0.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 3:00 PM 989 0.3
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR NICK-AT-NITE 1:06 AM 700 0.3
48 HOURS ON ID INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY 12:00 AM 995 0.3
SP WHITE HOUSE XMAS HOME AND GARDEN TV 6:00 PM 1,360 0.3
WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 11:12 AM 725 0.3
EDGE OF ALASKA DISCOVERY CHANNEL 10:02 PM 1,683 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 3:00 PM 1,375 0.3
ALVINNN!!! AND THE CHIPMU NICKELODEON 7:00 AM 857 0.3
LOUD HOUSE NICKELODEON 1:30 PM 1,329 0.3
WALKING DEAD MARATHON AMC 5:21 PM 845 0.3
FIXER UPPER HOME AND GARDEN TV 4:00 PM 1,274 0.3
COOKS VS. CONS FOOD NETWORK 11:00 PM 890 0.3
FIXER UPPER HOME AND GARDEN TV 3:00 PM 1,259 0.3
KING OF THE HILL ADULT SWIM 8:30 PM 728 0.3

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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