“The Walking Dead” hit its lowest adults 18-49 rating since Season 1 on Sunday.

Airing opposite the Oscars, the show scored a 2.9 in the 18-49 demographic. It was the first time “The Walking Dead” dipped below 3.0 since the next-to-last episode of Season 1 in November 2010. It was off seven tenths of a point from the previous week’s 3.6.

Sunday’s 6.82 million total viewers was the smallest audience for the show since exactly six years earlier: The March 4, 2012, episode late in Season 2 drew 6.77 million people.

E!’s “Live from the Red Carpet” pre-Oscars coverage took a hit, drawing 0.4 in the 18-49 demographic and 1.33 million viewers. That’s down from 0.7 and 2.03 million last year. “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” (0.6) was up a tenth of a point week to week.

“Last Week Tonight” scored a 0.3 for HBO, while “The Chi” and “Homeland” each posted 0.2 on Showtime.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, March 4, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
THE WALKING DEAD AMC 9:00 PM 6,820 2.9
TALKING DEAD AMC 10:06 PM 2,651 1.1
KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS E! 9:00 PM 1,285 0.6
RED CARPET REWIND: ACADEMY AWARDS E! 7:00 PM 1,605 0.6
NBA REGULAR SEASON ESPN 8:00 PM 1,347 0.6
MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES ADULT SWIM 11:30 PM 988 0.5
LIVE FROM THE RED CARPET: ACADEMY AWARDS E! 5:00 PM 1,325 0.4
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 10:38 PM 807 0.4
SISTER WIVES TLC 8:00 PM 1,396 0.4
GUY’S GROCERY GAMES FOOD 8:00 PM 1,070 0.3
WORST COOKS IN AMERICA FOOD 9:00 PM 1,240 0.3
MR. PICKLES ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 691 0.3
ON THE CASE W/PAULA ZAHN ID 10:00 PM 1,212 0.3
EVIL LIVES HERE ID 9:00 PM 1,259 0.3
SEEKING SISTER WIFE TLC 10:02 PM 990 0.3
LAST WEEK TONIGHT HBO 11:03 PM 940 0.3
MR. PICKLES ADULT SWIM 12:15 AM 617 0.3
WHEN CALLS THE HEART HALLMARK 9:00 PM 2,181 0.3
REVENGE BODY W/KHLOE KARDASHIAN E! 10:00 PM 511 0.3
FEAR FACTOR MTV 7:00 PM 537 0.2
GIADA ENTERTAINS FOOD 11:00 AM 835 0.2
THE CHI SHOWTIME 10:00 PM 675 0.2
COMIC BOOK MEN AMC 12:11 AM 544 0.2
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 8:00 AM 527 0.2
HOMELAND SHOWTIME 9:07 PM 930 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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