“The Walking Dead” continued to lead the cable live +3 ratings for the week of Oct. 15, but was beaten slightly by “American Horror Story” in overall gains.

With delayed viewing, AMC’s “Walking Dead” grew to a 3.0 in adults 18-49, up 1.1 points (+58%) from its initial 1.9 live + same day rating. ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” game was the week’s only broadcast to beat it in the demo (4.2), while FX’s “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” did grow more across three days – climbing up from a 0.9 to a 2.1 (+1.2, +133%).

The two series were mostly on par with each other in viewer gains though, as both grew around 2.39 million. Elsewhere, USA’s “The Purge” rose 100% from a 0.4 to a 0.8, as did Comedy Central’s “South Park” (+0.4, +100%).

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for Oct. 15-21, 2018

Rank Show Net L+3 18-49 rating Gain vs. Live + SD % gain vs. Live + SD
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – SAN FRANCISCO/GREEN BAY ESPN 4.2 0.0 0%
2 WALKING DEAD AMC 3.0 1.1 58%
3 AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX 2.1 1.2 133%
4 MLB NL CHAMPIONS SERIES – LA DODGERS/MILWAUKEE 7 FS1 1.9 0.0 0%
5 MLB ALCS – ASTROS/RED SOX TBS 1.8 0.0 0%
6 NBA REGULAR SEASON – HOUSTON/LA LAKERS ESPN 1.6 0.1 7%
NBA BASKETBALL – LAKERS/BLAZERS TNT 1.6 0.0 0%
8 MLB NL CHAMPIONS SERIES – LA DODGERS/MILWAUKEE 6 FS1 1.5 0.0 0%
9 NBA BASKETBALL – 76ERS/CELTICS TNT 1.4 0.0 0%
10 MAYANS M.C. FX 1.3 0.8 160%
NBA BASKETBALL – THUNDER/WARRIORS TNT 1.3 0.0 0%
12 MLB NL CHAMPIONS SERIES – MILWAUKEE/LA DODGERS 4 FS1 1.2 0.0 0%
JERSEY SHORE: FAM VACAY MTV 1.2 0.6 100%
LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 1.2 0.4 50%
15 TEEN MOM MTV 1.1 0.6 120%
WWE SMACKDOWN USA 1.1 0.2 22%
17 NBA REGULAR SEASON – GOLDEN STATE/UTAH ESPN 1.0 0.1 11%
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 1.0 0.1 11%
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 1.0 0.1 11%
20 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO 0.9 0.4 80%
GOLD RUSH DISC 0.9 0.3 50%
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 0.9 0.1 13%
23 TALKING DEAD AMC 0.8 0.2 33%
BELOW DECK BRAVO 0.8 0.3 60%
SOUTH PARK COMEDY 0.8 0.4 100%
NBA REGULAR SEASON – BOSTON/TORONTO ESPN 0.8 0.0 0%
CHALLENGE: FINAL RECKONING MTV 0.8 0.4 100%
90 DAY FIANCE – P TLC 0.8 0.2 33%
THE PURGE USA 0.8 0.4 100%
BLACK INK CREW VH1 0.8 0.4 100%

Top 25 cable shows in Live +3 viewers for Oct. 15-21, 2018

Rank Show Net L+3 viewers (000s) Gain vs. Live + SD (000s) % gain vs. Live + SD
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – SAN FRANCISCO/GREEN BAY ESPN 12,253 82 1%
2 WALKING DEAD AMC 7,437 2,387 47%
3 MLB NL CHAMPIONS SERIES – LA DODGERS/MILWAUKEE 7 FS1 7,426 20 0%
4 MLB ALCS – ASTROS/RED SOX TBS 6,255 28 0%
5 MLB NL CHAMPIONS SERIES – LA DODGERS/MILWAUKEE 6 FS1 5,848 18 0%
6 AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX 4,413 2,393 118%
7 MLB NL CHAMPIONS SERIES – MILWAUKEE/LA DODGERS 4 FS1 4,142 15 0%
8 HANNITY FOX NEWS 4,031 213 6%
9 HANNITY FOX NEWS 3,592 89 3%
10 NBA REGULAR SEASON – HOUSTON/LA LAKERS ESPN 3,543 88 3%
11 HANNITY FOX NEWS 3,428 68 2%
12 NBA BASKETBALL – LAKERS/BLAZERS TNT 3,419 58 2%
13 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 3,309 76 2%
14 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS 3,111 77 3%
15 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 3,101 45 1%
16 HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE – P HALL 3,083 525 21%
17 MAYANS M.C. FX 3,050 1,754 135%
18 GOLD RUSH DISC 3,049 832 38%
19 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 3,031 47 2%
20 NBA BASKETBALL – 76ERS/CELTICS TNT 3,007 30 1%
21 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS 2,954 87 3%
22 HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE – P HALL 2,927 569 24%
23 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 2,902 122 4%
24 NBA BASKETBALL – THUNDER/WARRIORS TNT 2,866 121 4%
25 WWE SMACKDOWN USA 2,852 297 12%

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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