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|
|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|
|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.