HBO’s “Watchmen” made its series premiere Sunday, but it was “The Walking Dead” that topped the night’s cable ratings.

The AMC zombie series reclaimed the night’s no. 1 spot with a series low 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.48 million viewers, down one-tenth from its previous episode’s 1.3 rating.

TLC’s “90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days” placed second with a 0.9, back up a tenth from its 0.8 last Sunday. E!’s “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” similarly ticked up from a 0.4 to a 0.5. Meanwhile, the series premiere of HBO’s “Watchmen” raked in a 0.3 with 799,000 viewers.

That’s a pretty good start for the new series, and the premiere reportedly made up for its linear performance, as replays and streaming numbers pushed its audience up to 1.5 million viewers. That makes “Watchmen” HBO’s most-watched series premiere on its digital platforms since “Westworld’s” initial debut back in 2016.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, October 20, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
THE WALKING DEAD AMC 9:00 PM 3,479 1.2
90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE THE 90 DAYS TLC 8:00 PM 2,925 0.9
NFL COUNTDOWN ESPN 10:00 AM 1,245 0.5
KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS E! 9:00 PM 1,032 0.5
UNEXPECTED TLC 10:02 PM 1,423 0.4
ROBOT CHICKEN ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 680 0.4
TALKING DEAD AMC 10:08 PM 1,244 0.4
90 DAY B90D: PILLOW TALK TLC 11:02 PM 1,281 0.4
ROBOT CHICKEN ADULT SWIM 12:15 AM 648 0.4
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 9:00 AM 842 0.4
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 8:00 AM 752 0.3
MARRIED TO MEDICINE BRAVO 9:00 PM 875 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 1:00 AM 602 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 12:00 AM 705 0.3
HALLOWEEN WARS FOOD 9:00 PM 978 0.3
WATCHMEN – P HBO 9:00 PM 799 0.3
PREMIER LEAGUE – LIVERPOOL/MANCHESTER UNITED NBC SPORTS 11:24 AM 697 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 7:00 AM 563 0.2
ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER DISCOVERY 8:00 PM 1,638 0.2
CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVE ESPN 1:00 PM 470 0.2
RIDICULOUSNESS MTV 8:00 PM 528 0.2
AMERICAN MONSTER INVEST 9:00 PM 934 0.2
ISLAND LIFE HOME 10:00 PM 1,079 0.2
BEACH HUNTERS HOME 8:00 PM 1,101 0.2
AMC FEARFEST AMC 4:43 PM 605 0.2

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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