“The Walking Dead” returned Sunday to its smallest premiere in several years.
Although it’s still among the biggest shows on TV, the AMC series put up its smallest premiere rating among adults 18-49 (5.0) since Season 2 and its smallest total audience for a season debut (11.44 million) since Season 3.
No one was expecting the show to match last year’s massive debut (the show’s second-best outing ever with an 8.4 in the 18-49 demographic and 17 million viewers), but “The Walking Dead” was also behind its Season 7 average (5.4) and the rating for last season’s finale (also 5.4). It was slightly ahead of both last season’s viewer average (11.35 million) and the finale total (11.31 million).
Sunday’s show was also the biggest premiere on cable in 2017, besting the 4.7 and 10.11 million viewers for “Game of Thrones.”
Elsewhere, “Outlander” continued its strong third season on Starz, hitting another series high in viewers (1.72 million) and tying its series best in adults 18-49 at 0.4.
Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017
|Show||Net||Time||Total viewers (000s)||18-49 rating|
|THE WALKING DEAD||AMC||9:00 PM||11,439||5.0|
|TALKING DEAD||AMC||10:07 PM||4,895||2.1|
|90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE 90||TLC||8:00 PM||1,820||0.6|
|KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS||E!||9:00 PM||1,126||0.5|
|SHAHS OF SUNSET||BRAVO||8:00 PM||1,406||0.5|
|90 DAY FIANCE||TLC||9:01 PM||1,686||0.5|
|SQUIDBILLIES||ADULT SWIM||12:00 AM||890||0.4|
|NFL COUNTDOWN||ESPN||10:00 AM||1,103||0.4|
|NASCAR CUP SERIES RACE||NBCSN||3:26 PM||2,756||0.4|
|HALLOWEEN WARS||FOOD||9:00 PM||1,286||0.4|
|CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM||HBO||10:01 PM||1,105||0.4|
|ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER||DISCOVERY||9:00 PM||2,351||0.4|
|THE JELLIES||ADULT SWIM||12:15 AM||741||0.4|
|GOOD WITCH: SPELLBOUND||HALLMARK||8:00 PM||2,696||0.4|
|SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND||ESPN||9:00 AM||769||0.3|
|GUY’S GROCERY GAMES||FOOD||8:00 PM||1,074||0.3|
|COMIC BOOK MEN||AMC||1:06 AM||743||0.3|
|EDGE OF ALASKA||DISCOVERY||10:02 PM||1,698||0.3|
|VICE PRINCIPALS||HBO||10:34 PM||647||0.3|
|DEADLINE: CRIME W/TAMRON HALL||ID||10:00 PM||1,077||0.3|
|NASCAR CUP SERIES START||NBCSN||2:58 PM||1,818||0.3|
|SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND||ESPN||8:00 AM||654||0.3|
|RAY DONOVAN||SHOWTIME||9:06 PM||1,233||0.3|
Source: The Nielsen Company.