Depending on the comparison you choose to use, the Season 2 premiere of  “Into the Badlands” on AMC Sunday was either way down or up a good bit.

Good news first: The show’s 1.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.44 million viewers were a considerable improvement over where it ended its first season in December 2015 (0.8, 2.16 million).

On the downside, “Into the Badlands” was way off its series premiere (3.2, 6.39 million) and somewhat below its Season 1 average of 1.8 and 3.86 million viewers. Sunday’s debut also lost more of its “Walking Dead” lead-in — 70 percent vs. 51 percent — than the series premiere.

Speaking of “The Walking Dead,” it was down 0.2 week to week to 4.7, tying its low since Season 2. “Homeland” (0.5) and “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” (0.8) each improved a bit, while “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (1.1) was down a tenth of a point. “Big Little Lies” was steady at 0.4 for HBO.  TNT’s coverage of South Carolina’s upset of Duke in the NCAA Tournament was No. 2 for the day in both the 18-49 demo (2.1) and viewers (5.96 million).

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, March 19, 2017

Show Net Time Total Viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
THE WALKING DEAD AMC 9:00 PM 10,318 4.7
NCAA TOURNAMENT TNT 8:44 PM 5,956 2.1
NCAA TOURNAMENT PREGAME TNT 8:27 PM 4,548 1.6
NCAA TOURNAMENT TNT 6:00 PM 4,536 1.6
INTO THE BADLANDS – P AMC 10:05 PM 3,435 1.4
NCAA TOURNAMENT TBS 9:47 PM 3,429 1.3
NCAA TOURNAMENT TBS 7:00 PM 3,056 1.1
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO 8:00 PM 2,482 1.1
NCAA TOURNAMENT POSTGAME TNT 11:22 PM 2,376 1.0
NCAA TOURNAMENT PREGAME TBS 9:29 PM 2,243 0.8
TALKING DEAD AMC 11:05 PM 1,970 0.8
KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS E! 9:00 PM 1,587 0.8
NCAA TOURNAMENT POSTGAME TBS 11:56 PM 1,805 0.7
NCAA TOURNAMENT TRUTV 7:53 PM 1,876 0.6
NAKED AND AFRAID DISCOVERY 10:00 PM 1,765 0.6
SPRING BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP FOOD 9:00 PM 1,454 0.5
HOMELAND SHOWTIME 9:03 PM 1,258 0.5
BIG LITTLE LIES HBO 9:01 PM 1,170 0.4
CARIBBEAN LIFE HGTV 9:00 PM 1,759 0.4
CARIBBEAN LIFE HGTV 9:30 PM 1,777 0.4
BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 8:30 PM 1,695 0.4
EVIL LIVES HERE ID 10:00 PM 1,419 0.4
ISLAND LIFE HGTV 10:00 PM 1,719 0.4
LAST WEEK TONIGHT HBO 11:00 PM 1,030 0.4
ISLAND LIFE HGTV 10:30 PM 1,589 0.4

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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