“The Walking Dead” was, unsurprisingly, the biggest beneficiary of delayed viewing in the week of Feb. 29-March 6. The show grew by 3.2 points (6.1 to 9.3) in adults 18-49 and by 5.78 million viewers (12.82 million to 18.6 million) in the Live +7 ratings.

The biggest percentage gainer in both measures was “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” The show tripled its audience in both cases, growing from 0.3 to 0.9 in adults 18-49 and from 485,000 to 1.46 million viewers.

The Top 25 gainers (including ties) in the Live +7 ratings for Feb. 29-March 6, 2016 are below. The rankings include first-run, regular series and specials only, not repeats.

Adults 18-49 – total gain

Rank Show Net L + SD L +7 7-Day Increase 7-Day % Increase
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 6.1 9.3 3.2 52%
2 THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON FX 1.1 3.1 2.0 182%
3 BETTER CALL SAUL AMC 1.0 2.2 1.2 120%
4 VIKINGS HIST 0.6 1.4 0.8 133%
5 GOLD RUSH DISC 1.3 2.0 0.7 54%
5t TEEN MOM – S MTV 0.8 1.5 0.7 88%
5t REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEV HILLS BRVO 0.6 1.3 0.7 117%
8 VANDERPUMP RULES BRVO 0.7 1.3 0.6 86%
8t IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA FXX 0.3 0.9 0.6 200%
10 TALKING DEAD AMC 2.3 2.8 0.5 22%
10t REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRVO 1.3 1.8 0.5 38%
10t LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 1.3 1.8 0.5 38%
10t GOLD RUSH: DIRT AFTERSHOW DISC 1.0 1.5 0.5 50%
10t FIXER UPPER HGTV 0.8 1.3 0.5 63%
10t PRETTY LITTLE LIARS FRFM 0.6 1.1 0.5 83%
10t SHAMELESS SHO1 0.6 1.1 0.5 83%
10t SUITS USA 0.5 1.0 0.5 100%
10t TOP CHEF BRVO 0.4 0.9 0.5 125%
10t SHANNARA MTV 0.4 0.9 0.5 125%
10t IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 0.4 0.9 0.5 125%
10t RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT 0.4 0.9 0.5 125%
22 DUCK DYNASTY AEN 0.6 1.0 0.4 67%
22t LITTLE WOMEN ATL LIF 0.6 1.0 0.4 67%
22t JEP & JESSICA AEN 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
22t SHADOWHUNTERS FRFM 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
22t CATFISH: THE TV SHOW MTV 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
22t INK MASTER SPK 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
22t MAJOR CRIMES TNT 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
22t FACE OFF SYFY 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
22t COLONY USA 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
22t THE MAGICIANS SYFY 0.2 0.6 0.4 200%


Adults 18-49 – percentage gain

Rank Show Net L + SD L +7 7-Day Increase 7-Day % Increase
1 IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA FXX 0.3 0.9 0.6 200%
1t THE MAGICIANS SYFY 0.2 0.6 0.4 200%
1t THE PEOPLE’S COUCH BRVO 0.1 0.3 0.2 200%
1t NEWLYWEDS: THE FIRST YEAR BRVO 0.1 0.3 0.2 200%
1t TEACHERS TVL 0.1 0.3 0.2 200%
6 THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON FX 1.1 3.1 2.0 182%
7 BABY DADDY FRFM 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
7t YOUNG & HUNGRY FRFM 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
7t GIRLS HBOM 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
7t YOUNGER TVL 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
11 VIKINGS HIST 0.6 1.4 0.8 133%
11t FACE OFF SYFY 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
11t COLONY USA 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
14 TOP CHEF BRVO 0.4 0.9 0.5 125%
14t SHANNARA MTV 0.4 0.9 0.5 125%
14t IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 0.4 0.9 0.5 125%
14t RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT 0.4 0.9 0.5 125%
18 BETTER CALL SAUL AMC 1.0 2.2 1.2 120%
19 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEV HILLS BRVO 0.6 1.3 0.7 117%
20 SUITS USA 0.5 1.0 0.5 100%
20t JEP & JESSICA AEN 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
20t SHADOWHUNTERS FRFM 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
20t CATFISH: THE TV SHOW MTV 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
20t INK MASTER – P SPK 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
20t MAJOR CRIMES TNT 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
20t WORKAHOLICS CMDY 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
20t TOTAL DIVAS ENT 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
20t I AM CAIT ENT 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
20t THE FOSTERS FRFM 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
20t PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS LIF 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
20t INK MASTER – S SPK 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
20t OUTSIDERS WGNA 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%

Note: 28 other programs also grew by 100% but started at lower ratings than those above.

Viewers – total gain

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-Day Increase (000s) 7-Day % Increase
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 12816 18597 5781 45%
2 THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON FX 2718 6998 4280 157%
3 BETTER CALL SAUL AMC 2201 4807 2606 118%
4 RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT 2431 4816 2385 98%
5 VIKINGS HIST 1897 4016 2119 112%
6 MAJOR CRIMES TNT 2943 4970 2027 69%
7 GOLD RUSH DISC 4369 5920 1551 36%
8 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEV HILLS BRVO 1668 3143 1475 88%
9 SUITS USA 1708 3108 1400 82%
10 FIXER UPPER HGTV 2924 4318 1394 48%
11 TEEN MOM – S MTV 1295 2494 1199 93%
12 TOP CHEF BRVO 881 2064 1183 134%
13 BILLIONS SHO1 1051 2187 1136 108%
14 GOLD RUSH: DIRT AFTERSHOW DISC 3289 4424 1135 35%
15 SHANNARA MTV 854 1960 1106 130%
16 VANDERPUMP RULES BRVO 1429 2513 1084 76%
17 TALKING DEAD AMC 4842 5893 1051 22%
17t SHAMELESS SHO1 1499 2550 1051 70%
19 COLONY USA 968 2016 1048 108%
20 PRETTY LITTLE LIARS FRFM 1145 2176 1031 90%
21 DUCK DYNASTY AEN 1735 2754 1019 59%
22 IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA FXX 485 1462 977 201%
23 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 872 1842 970 111%
24 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRVO 2850 3795 945 33%
25 SHADOWHUNTERS FRFM 871 1786 915 105%

 

Viewers – percentage gain

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-Day Increase (000s) 7-Day % Increase
1 IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA FXX 485 1462 977 201%
2 THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON FX 2718 6998 4280 157%
3 TOP CHEF BRVO 881 2064 1183 134%
4 SHANNARA MTV 854 1960 1106 130%
5 PORTLANDIA IFC 136 308 172 126%
6 BASKETS FX 399 889 490 123%
7 THE MAGICIANS SYFY 702 1554 852 121%
8 BETTER CALL SAUL AMC 2201 4807 2606 118%
9 BEOWULF ESQ 145 307 162 112%
9t VIKINGS HIST 1897 4016 2119 112%
9t MAN SEEKING WOMAN FXX 154 326 172 112%
12 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 872 1842 970 111%
13 OUTSIDERS WGNA 728 1519 791 109%
14 COLONY USA 968 2016 1048 108%
14t BILLIONS SHO1 1051 2187 1136 108%
16 THE FOSTERS FRFM 673 1391 718 107%
17 YOUNG & HUNGRY FRFM 440 903 463 105%
17t SHADOWHUNTERS FRFM 871 1786 915 105%
19 WORKAHOLICS CMDY 440 887 447 102%
20 BABY DADDY FRFM 472 939 467 99%
21 YOUNGER TVL 643 1275 632 98%
21t RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT 2431 4816 2385 98%
23 THE PEOPLE’S COUCH BRVO 348 681 333 96%
24 TEEN MOM – S MTV 1295 2494 1199 93%
25 FACE OFF SYFY 860 1645 785 91%

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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