Unsurprisingly, the season 9 premiere of “The Walking Dead” had a strong presence in the live +7 cable ratings for the week of Oct. 1.

The AMC series had the week’s biggest gain in total viewers with seven-days of delayed viewing of any cable show with an additional 3.26 million bringing its final L+7 viewer total to 9.36 million (+54%). “Walking Dead” also had the second largest gain in the adults 18-49 demo (+1.5, +60%), behind only FX’s “American Horror Story: Apocalypse,” which grew 1.6 points with delayed viewing (+160%).

Elsewhere, Lifetime’s “Married at First Sight” (+0.4, +200%) had the largest adults 18-49 percentage gain, while FX’s “Mayans M.C.” (+169%, +2.35 million) led in total viewers.

Here are the top cable shows in the Live +7 rankings for Oct. 1-7, 2018. Rankings include original programs only, not repeats.

Adults 18-49 – total gain

Rank Show Net L + SD L +7 7-day increase 7-day % increase
1 AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX 1.0 2.6 1.6 160%
2 WALKING DEAD – P AMC 2.5 4.0 1.5 60%
3 MAYANS M.C. FX 0.6 1.6 1.0 167%
4 JERSEY SHORE: FAM VACAY MTV 0.6 1.4 0.8 133%
5 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRVO 0.5 1.1 0.6 120%
TEEN MOM – P MTV 0.5 1.1 0.6 120%
BETTER CALL SAUL AMC 0.4 1.0 0.6 150%
8 SOUTH PARK CMDY 0.5 1.0 0.5 100%
THE PURGE USA 0.4 0.9 0.5 125%
SHAMELESS SHO1 0.3 0.8 0.5 167%
11 LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 0.9 1.3 0.4 44%
BELOW DECK – P BRVO 0.5 0.9 0.4 80%
BLACK INK CREW VH1 0.5 0.9 0.4 80%
HALLOWEEN WARS FOOD 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
CHALLENGE: FINAL RECKONING MTV 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT LIF 0.2 0.6 0.4 200%
INK MASTER PAR 0.2 0.6 0.4 200%
19 90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE 90 TLC 0.7 1.0 0.3 43%
BALLERS HBOM 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF DALLAS BRVO 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
TOSH.O CMDY 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA FXX 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
ARE YOU THE ONE MTV 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
GREENLEAF OWN 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
THE LAST SHIP TNT 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
TEEN MOM SSN 7B SPECIAL MTV 0.4 0.7 0.3 75%

Adults 18-49 – percentage gain

Rank Show Net L + SD L +7 7-day increase 7-day % increase
1 MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT LIF 0.2 0.6 0.4 200%
INK MASTER PAR 0.2 0.6 0.4 200%
DALLAS COWBOYS CHEERLEADERS CMT 0.1 0.3 0.2 200%
MARRIAGE BOOT CAMP WETV 0.1 0.3 0.2 200%
5 MAYANS M.C. FX 0.6 1.6 1.0 167%
SHAMELESS SHO1 0.3 0.8 0.5 167%
7 AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX 1.0 2.6 1.6 160%
8 BETTER CALL SAUL AMC 0.4 1.0 0.6 150%
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF DALLAS BRVO 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
TOSH.O CMDY 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA FXX 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
ARE YOU THE ONE MTV 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
GREENLEAF OWN 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
THE LAST SHIP TNT 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
15 JERSEY SHORE: FAM VACAY MTV 0.6 1.4 0.8 133%
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
17 THE PURGE USA 0.4 0.9 0.5 125%
18 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRVO 0.5 1.1 0.6 120%
TEEN MOM – P MTV 0.5 1.1 0.6 120%
20 SOUTH PARK CMDY 0.5 1.0 0.5 100%
HALLOWEEN WARS FOOD 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
CHALLENGE: FINAL RECKONING MTV 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
BALLERS HBOM 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
NIGHTWATCH NATION AEN 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
BRAVOS PLAY BY PLAY BRVO 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%

*14 shows tied for 25th place

Viewers – total gain

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-day increase
7-day % increase
1 WALKING DEAD – P AMC 6,094 9,358 3,264 54%
2 AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX 2,031 5,081 3,050 150%
3 MAYANS M.C. FX 1,393 3,746 2,353 169%
4 BETTER CALL SAUL AMC 1,357 3,097 1,740 128%
5 THE LAST SHIP TNT 1,048 2,336 1,288 123%
6 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRVO 1,362 2,574 1,212 89%
7 THE PURGE USA 930 2,123 1,193 128%
8 JERSEY SHORE: FAM VACAY MTV 1,055 2,203 1,148 109%
9 BELOW DECK – P BRVO 1,265 2,340 1,075 85%
10 REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER HBOM 1,734 2,769 1,035 60%
11 SHAMELESS SHO1 1,003 2,035 1,032 103%
12 HALLOWEEN WARS FOOD 1,297 2,290 993 77%
13 GREENLEAF OWN 1,077 2,031 954 89%
14 TEEN MOM – P MTV 959 1,888 929 97%
15 SOUTH PARK CMDY 926 1,790 864 93%
16 90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE 90 TLC 2,209 3,057 848 38%
17 HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE – P HALL 2,108 2,944 836 40%
18 INK MASTER PAR 604 1,433 829 137%
19 LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 1,745 2,530 785 45%
20 MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT LIF 808 1,576 768 95%
21 HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN 1,655 2,419 764 46%
22 FLIPPING OUT BRVO 711 1,448 737 104%
23 BALLERS HBOM 598 1,315 717 120%
24 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 647 1,350 703 109%
25 BLACK INK CREW VH1 1,000 1,697 697 70%

Viewers – percentage gain

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-day increase
7-day % increase
1 MAYANS M.C. FX 1,393 3,746 2,353 169%
2 ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA FXX 321 856 535 167%
3 AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX 2,031 5,081 3,050 150%
4 INK MASTER PAR 604 1,433 829 137%
5 LODGE 49 AMC 281 645 364 130%
6 THE PURGE USA 930 2,123 1,193 128%
BETTER CALL SAUL AMC 1,357 3,097 1,740 128%
8 THE LAST SHIP TNT 1,048 2,336 1,288 123%
9 BALLERS HBOM 598 1,315 717 120%
10 ARE YOU THE ONE MTV 433 936 503 116%
11 TOTAL DIVAS ENT 355 756 401 113%
12 JERSEY SHORE: FAM VACAY MTV 1,055 2,203 1,148 109%
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 647 1,350 703 109%
14 FLIPPING OUT BRVO 711 1,448 737 104%
15 CHALLENGE: FINAL RECKONING MTV 629 1,280 651 103%
SHAMELESS SHO1 1,003 2,035 1,032 103%
17 TEEN MOM – P MTV 959 1,888 929 97%
18 MARRIAGE BOOT CAMP WETV 411 805 394 96%
19 MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT LIF 808 1,576 768 95%
20 SOUTH PARK CMDY 926 1,790 864 93%
21 DALLAS COWBOYS CHEERLEADERS CMT 345 656 311 90%
22 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF DALLAS BRVO 646 1,224 578 89%
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRVO 1,362 2,574 1,212 89%
GREENLEAF OWN 1,077 2,031 954 89%
25 TEEN MOM SSN 7B SPECIAL MTV 666 1,255 589 88%

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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