“The Walking Dead’s” midseason premiere was down slightly from its last episode of 2015 in the same-day ratings. Turns out people just needed some time to catch up.

The AMC hit improved from a 6.8 rating in adults 18-49 to a 9.6 after three days of delayed viewing, moving ahead of the 9.3 for its last episode in Live +3. It was far and away the No. 1 show in the demo for Feb. 8-14, cable or broadcast.

Episode 2 of “The People v. O.J. Simpson” also performed well, more than doubling in adults 18-49 (1.5 to 3.1).

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for Feb. 8-14, 2016

Rank Show Net L+3 18-49 rating
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 9.6
2 TALKING DEAD AMC 3.6
3 THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON FX 3.1
4 2016 NBA ALL-STAR GAME TNT 2.8
4t NBA ALL-STAR SATURDAY NIGHT TNT 2.8
6 TEEN MOM MTV 2.0
7 LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 1.8
8 GOLD RUSH: SPECIAL DISC 1.6
8t WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW (9 p.m.) USA 1.6
10 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRVO 1.5
10t KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS ENT 1.5
10t WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW (10 p.m.) USA 1.5
10t WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW (8 p.m.) USA 1.5
14 VANDERPUMP RULES BRVO 1.3
14t FAST N LOUD DISC 1.3
14t FIXER UPPER HGTV 1.3
17 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEV HILLS BRVO 1.2
17t FROZEN DSNY 1.2
17t STEVIE J & JOSELINE VH1 1.2
20 PRETTY LITTLE LIARS FREEFORM 1.1
20t SHAMELESS SHO1 1.1
20t LIP SYNC BATTLE SPK 1.1
23 DIESEL BROTHERS DISC 1.0
23t MOONSHINERS DISC 1.0
23t THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN 1.0
23t K MICHELLE: MY LIFE VH1 1.0

 

Top 25 cable shows in Live +3 viewers for Feb. 8-14, 2016

Rank Show Net L+3 viewers (000s)
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 19077
2 TALKING DEAD AMC 7538
3 THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON FX 7425
4 2016 NBA ALL-STAR GAME TNT 6362
5 NBA ALL-STAR SATURDAY NIGHT TNT 5954
6 GOLD RUSH: SPECIAL DISC 4613
7 FROZEN DSNY 4450
8 FIXER UPPER HGTV 4449
9 AMERICA’S ELECTION HQ (9 p.m.) FXNC 4437
10 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW (9 p.m.) USA 4243
11 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW (8 p.m.) USA 4225
12 DEMOCRATIC DEBATE CNN 4219
13 AMERICA’S ELECTION HQ (8 p.m.) FXNC 4208
14 AMERICA’S ELECTION HQ (10 p.m.) FXNC 3880
15 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW (10 p.m.) USA 3772
16 THE O’REILLY FACTOR (Monday) FXNC 3743
17 THE O’REILLY FACTOR (Thursday) FXNC 3647
18 THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN 3560
19 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRVO 3387
20 THE O’REILLY FACTOR (Wednesday) FXNC 3377
21 THE O’REILLY FACTOR (Friday) FXNC 3331
22 TEEN MOM MTV 3307
23 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 3306
24 LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 3237
25 FAST N LOUD DISC 3190

 

Adults 18-49 total gain

Rank Show Net L+SD L+3 Increase % Increase
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 6.8 9.6 2.8 41%
2 THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON FX 1.5 3.1 1.6 107%
3 TEEN MOM MTV 1.1 2.0 0.9 82%
4 KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS ENT 0.8 1.5 0.7 88%
5 VANDERPUMP RULES BRVO 0.7 1.3 0.6 86%
6 TALKING DEAD AMC 3.1 3.6 0.5 16%
6t GOLD RUSH: SPECIAL DISC 1.1 1.6 0.5 45%
6t REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRVO 1.0 1.5 0.5 50%
6t REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEV HILLS BRVO 0.7 1.2 0.5 71%
6t PRETTY LITTLE LIARS FREEFORM 0.6 1.1 0.5 83%
6t SHAMELESS SHO1 0.6 1.1 0.5 83%
6t LIP SYNC BATTLE SPK 0.6 1.1 0.5 83%
6t SHANNARA MTV 0.3 0.8 0.5 167%
14 LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 1.4 1.8 0.4 29%
14t TOSH.O – P CMDY 0.5 0.9 0.4 80%
14t IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 0.5 0.9 0.4 80%
14t SUITS USA 0.5 0.9 0.4 80%
14t TOP CHEF BRVO 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
14t WORST COOKS FOOD 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
14t SHADOWHUNTERS FREEFORM 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
14t THE CHALLENGE: BLOODLINES MTV 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
14t IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA FXX 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
23 FIXER UPPER HGTV 1.0 1.3 0.3 30%
23t DUCK DYNASTY AEN 0.6 0.9 0.3 50%
23t DANCE MOMS LIF 0.5 0.8 0.3 60%
23t MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT AEN 0.4 0.7 0.3 75%
23t GIRL MEETS WORLD DSNY 0.4 0.7 0.3 75%
23t TOTAL DIVAS ENT 0.4 0.7 0.3 75%
23t COLONY USA 0.4 0.7 0.3 75%
23t WORKAHOLICS CMDY 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
23t PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS – P LIF 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
23t RIDICULOUSNESS MTV 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
23t BILLIONS SHO1 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
23t INK MASTER SPK 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
23t FACE OFF SYFY 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
23t MARRIAGE BOOT CAMP: RS WE 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%

 

Viewers total gain

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+3 (000s) Increase (000s) % Increase
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 13742 19077 5335 39%
2 THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON FX 3888 7425 3537 91%
3 TEEN MOM MTV 1882 3307 1425 76%
4 SUITS USA 1710 3095 1385 81%
5 KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS ENT 1693 2801 1108 65%
6 TALKING DEAD AMC 6442 7538 1096 17%
7 COLONY USA 1074 2144 1070 100%
8 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEV HILLS BRVO 1807 2868 1061 59%
9 GOLD RUSH: SPECIAL DISC 3578 4613 1035 29%
10 FIXER UPPER HGTV 3441 4449 1008 29%
11 VANDERPUMP RULES BRVO 1524 2529 1005 66%
12 SHAMELESS SHO1 1590 2589 999 63%
13 SHANNARA MTV 801 1786 985 123%
14 TOP CHEF BRVO 856 1830 974 114%
15 LIP SYNC BATTLE SPK 1245 2201 956 77%
16 BILLIONS SHO1 1010 1917 907 90%
17 PRETTY LITTLE LIARS FREEFORM 1224 2124 900 74%
18 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRVO 2600 3387 787 30%
19 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 1042 1820 778 75%
20 DUCK DYNASTY AEN 1579 2337 758 48%
21 SHADOWHUNTERS FREEFORM 947 1697 750 79%
22 THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN 2812 3560 748 27%
23 WORST COOKS FOOD 1523 2253 730 48%
24 DANCE MOMS LIF 1405 2122 717 51%
25 FACE OFF SYFY 868 1536 668 77%

Source: The Nielsen Company

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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