Season 8 of “Shameless” started well for Showtime on Sunday.
The channel’s top-rated series returned with a 0.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 1.86 million viewers. That’s the best premiere for the show since its third season in January 2013 and up a good amount over last year’s debut (0.5, 1.24 million).
Following “Shameless,” new series “SMILF” premiered at 0.3 and 768,000 viewers. It landed outside the top 25, but Showtime says it’s the channel’s best series debut since “Billions” in early 2016.
“The Walking Dead” (3.8) led Sunday’s rankings but declined a bit from the prior week’s 4.0. “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” returned to Bravo with a 1.0 and also gave a boost to the shows that followed it, “Xscape: Still Kickin’ It” (0.7) and “Married to Medicine” (0.6).
“Outlander” ticked back up in viewers (1.64 million) after last week’s dip to 1.52 million and was steady in adults 18-49 at 0.3. “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” (0.6) was up two tenths of a point vs. a week earlier.
Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017
|Show||Net||Time||Total viewers (000s)||18-49 rating|
|THE WALKING DEAD||AMC||9:00 PM||8,519||3.8|
|TALKING DEAD||AMC||10:00 PM||3,119||1.3|
|REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA||BRAVO||8:00 PM||2,429||1.0|
|XSCAPE: STILL KICKIN’ IT||BRAVO||9:00 PM||1,717||0.7|
|MARRIED TO MEDICINE||BRAVO||10:00 PM||1,486||0.6|
|MISS CHRISTMAS||HALLMARK||8:00 PM||3,623||0.6|
|KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS||E!||9:00 PM||1,153||0.6|
|NFL COUNTDOWN||ESPN||10:00 AM||1,318||0.5|
|90 DAY FIANCE||TLC||8:00 PM||1,550||0.5|
|RIDE W/NORMAN REEDUS||AMC||11:00 PM||1,072||0.4|
|NASCAR CUP SERIES RACE||NBCSN||2:26 PM||2,701||0.4|
|SQUIDBILLIES||ADULT SWIM||12:00 AM||876||0.4|
|WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE||BRAVO||11:00 PM||1,051||0.4|
|SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER||FOX NEWS||6:00 PM||3,072||0.4|
|CNN NEWSROOM||CNN||5:00 PM||1,813||0.4|
|CNN NEWSROOM||CNN||6:00 PM||1,754||0.4|
|THE JELLIES||ADULT SWIM||12:15 AM||744||0.4|
|PREMIER LEAGUE||NBCSN||11:23 AM||782||0.4|
|ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER||DISCOVERY||9:00 PM||2,338||0.3|
|LAST WEEK TONIGHT||HBO||11:16 PM||1,010||0.3|
|SPECIAL REPORT: TEXAS CHURCH SHOOTING||FOX NEWS||5:00 PM||2,439||0.3|
|SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND||ESPN||9:00 AM||816||0.3|
|CNN NEWSROOM||CNN||7:00 PM||1,644||0.3|
Source: The Nielsen Company.