Without the NBA All-Star festivities around to dominate, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” returned to the top of the cable ratings for the week of Feb. 18.

The long-running zombie series led the week in adults 18-49 with a 1.7 rating, even with its previous episode, and tying for the no. 1 spot in the demo with ESPN’s broadcast of the Wednesday night North Carolina vs. Duke NBA game.

“Walking Dead” was the week’s most-watched show with 4.39 million viewers as well, while the North Carolina vs. Duke game (4.34 million) came second. Additionally, the Thursday and Wednesday night editions of Fox News’ “Hannity” led cable news for the week with 3.53 million and 3.35 million viewers, respectively.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Feb. 18-24, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – NORTH CAROLINA/DUKE ESPN Weds. 9:00 PM 1.7 2,214
THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 1.7 2,189
3 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,382
4 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,242
5 NBA BASKETBALL – ROCKETS/LAKERS TNT Thurs. 10:39 PM 0.9 1,203
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – DUKE/SYRACUSE ESPN Sat. 6:11 PM 0.9 1,190
SPORTSCENTER LATE ESPN Weds. 11:10 PM 0.9 1,088
8 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.8 1,075
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 960
NBA BASKETBALL – CELTICS/BUCKS TNT Thurs. 8:14 PM 0.8 960
11 NBA REGULAR SEASON – UTAH/OKLAHOMA CITY ESPN Fri. 9:42 PM 0.7 870
LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.7 858
DR. PIMPLE POPPER TLC Thurs. 9:00 PM 0.7 858
14 LIVE PD: 189 LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.6 819
LIVE PD: 188 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 794
GOLD RUSH DISCOVERY Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 794
TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:02 PM 0.6 794
NBA AFTER THE BUZZER ESPN Fri. 12:38 AM 0.6 730
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.6 704
RCR: 19 ACADEMY AWARDS E! Sun. 7:30 PM 0.6 704
21 NBA REGULAR SEASON – SAN ANTONIO/TORONTO ESPN Fri. 7:13 PM 0.5 691
CHALLENGE: WAR OF WORLDS MTV Weds. 9:00 PM 0.5 666
LOVE & HIP HOP MIAMI VH1 Mon. 9:01 PM 0.5 653
GOLD RUSH: WHITE WATER DISCOVERY Fri. 10:01 PM 0.5 627
LRC 19 ACADEMY AWARDS E! Sun. 5:00 PM 0.5 627
KIDS BAKING CHAMP FOOD Mon. 9:00 PM 0.5 614
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NJ BRAVO Weds. 9:00 PM 0.5 614
TEEN MOM II MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.5 589
VANDERPUMP RULES BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.5 576
BLACK INK CREW CHICAGO VH1 Weds. 9:00 PM 0.5 576
INSIDE THE NBA TNT Thurs. 1:08 AM 0.5 576
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – TENNESSEE/LSU ESPN Sat. 12:00 PM 0.5 576

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Feb. 18-24, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 4,386
2 COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – NORTH CAROLINA/DUKE ESPN Weds. 9:00 PM 4,343
3 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,533
4 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,351
5 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,306
6 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,229
7 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,217
8 DR. PIMPLE POPPER TLC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,169
9 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 3,150
10 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,120
11 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,066
12 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,046
13 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 3,044
14 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 3,043
15 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Mon. 5:00 PM 3,038
16 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 3,014
17 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 3,011
18 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 2,984
19 COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – DUKE/SYRACUSE ESPN Sat. 6:11 PM 2,980
20 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,840
21 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Weds. 5:00 PM 2,837
22 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,730
23 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Tues. 5:00 PM 2,715
24 HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: LOVE ON THE MENU HALLMARK Sat. 8:00 PM 2,700
25 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC Tues. 10:00 PM 2,676

All ratings are live + same-day. 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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