The ninth season premiere of “The Walking Dead” may have led the Sunday cable ratings this past weekend, but it also saw the show hit a new low.

The AMC series premiered with a 2.5 rating in the adults 18-49 demo with 6.08 million viewers, easily beating all of its cable competition in both measures. However, it was the show’s lowest-rated season premiere ever, down 50% from its season 8 premiere last year.

It was another story for the season 11 premiere of “Doctor Who,” which notably featured the introduction of Jodie Whitaker as the first ever female iteration of The Doctor. The season premiere, which aired at 1:45 p.m. ET on BBC America as part of a simulcast with the BBC’s airing of it in the U.K., scored a 0.5 rating with 1.37 million viewers – up two-tenths and 48% in total viewers from its season 10 premiere last year.

Elsewhere, both TLC’s “90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days” (0.7) and E!’s “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” (0.4) fell a tenth week-to-week. Showtime’s “Shameless” was also down from its previous 0.4 to a 0.3, while “Kidding” just barely maintained a 0.1.

On HBO, “Last Week Tonight” experienced a similar one-tenth drop, falling from a 0.4 to a 0.3, and “The Deuce” (0.1) held steady yet again.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, October 7, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
WALKING DEAD AMC 9:00 PM 6,076 2.5
WALKING DEAD BONUS AMC 7:48 PM 2,917 1.0
MLB NL DIVISIONS ERIES FOX SPORTS 8:00 PM 3,022 0.9
TALKING DEAD AMC 10:26 PM 2,223 0.8
90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE 9 TLC 8:00 PM 2,207 0.7
NFL COUNTDOWN ESPN 10:00 AM 1,120 0.5
DOCTOR WHO BBC-AMERICA 1:45 PM 1,367 0.5
DIVISION SERIES GAME MLB NETWORK 4:38 PM 2,004 0.4
VENTURE BROTHERS ADULT 12:00 AM 770 0.4
KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS E! 9:00 PM 809 0.4
HALLOWEEN WARS FOOD 9:00 PM 1,296 0.4
MARRIED TO MEDICINE BRAVO 8:00 PM 956 0.4
CARIBBEAN LIFE HOME 9:00 PM 1,397 0.3
SHAMELESS SHOWTIME 9:03 PM 1,002 0.3
BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HOME 8:00 PM 1,269 0.3
ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 2,215 0.3
BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HOME 8:30 PM 1,323 0.3
CARIBBEAN LIFE HOME 9:30 PM 1,409 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 9:00 AM 736 0.3
LAST WEEK TONIGHT HBO 11:06 PM 999 0.3
UNEXPECTED TLC 10:00 PM 924 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 12:00 AM 678 0.3
MLB NLDS POST GAME L FOX SPORTS 11:48 PM 912 0.3
NASCAR CUP SERIES RACE NBC SPORTS 2:27 PM 2,009 0.3
PREMIER LEAGUE L NBC SPORTS 11:26 AM 750 0.3

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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