The Walking Dead season finale easily topped cable viewership for the week ending March 18, beating out  Swamp People and the Jersey Shore season finale.

Top 25  Basic cable shows for the week ending March 18, 2012:

Rank Program Network Day Time Viewers (000)
1 WALKING DEAD AMC Sun 09:00P-10:02P 8991
2 SWAMP PEOPLE HIST Thu 09:00P-10:01P 5229
3 JERSEY SHORE SSN 5 MTV Thu 10:00P-11:04P 4990
4 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 10:00P-11:15P 4976
5 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon 09:00P-10:00P 4670
6 KANSAS/PURDUE TNT Sun 08:42P-11:12P 4432
7 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun 10:02P-10:32P 4298
8 IN PLAIN SIGHT USA Fri 10:00P-11:00P 4014
9 NCIS USA Thu 09:00P-10:00P 3864
10 NCIS USA Mon 08:00P-09:00P 3787
11 BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC Tue 09:30P-10:00P 3779
12 NCIS USA Thu 10:00P-11:00P 3705
13 BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC Tue 10:00P-10:30P 3649
14 FROZEN PLANET DISC Sun 08:00P-10:02P 3511
15 FAIRLY LEGAL USA Fri 09:00P-10:00P 3497
16 BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC Tue 10:30P-11:00P 3495
17 NCIS USA Wed 08:00P-09:00P 3491
18 BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC Tue 09:00P-09:30P 3389
19 NCIS USA Thu 08:00P-09:00P 3379
20 SPONGEBOB NICK Sun 10:30A-11:00A 3374
21 NCIS USA Sat 10:00P-11:00P 3342
22 NCIS USA Sat 08:00P-09:00P 3327
23 NCIS USA Sat 09:00P-10:00P 3320
24 FAMILY GUY ADSM Mon 11:30P-12:00A 3271
25 NCIS USA Mon 07:00P-08:00P 3266


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