“The Walking Dead” stayed steady week-to-week, and as a result, remained ahead of its cable competition by a considerable margin.

The AMC zombie was the highest-rated cable show for the week of Feb. 25, scoring the same 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 as its previous episode. It led the week in total viewers as well, with 4.71 million tuning in, while the Wednesday night episode of MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” came second with 3.84 million viewers.

Additionally, USA’s weekly “WWE Monday Night Raw” broadcast rounded out the week’s top 4 spots in adults 18-49, with 1.1, 1.0, and 0.9 ratings throughout its three-hour run time.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Feb. 25 – March 3, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 1.7 2,214
2 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,395
3 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,331
4 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,178
NBA REGULAR SEASON – MILWAUKEE/LA LAKERS ESPN Fri. 10:39 PM 0.9 1,139
6 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 973
CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 0.8 960
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 0.8 960
9 NBA REGULAR SEASON – NEW ORLEANS/LA LAKERS ESPN Weds. 10:38 PM 0.7 934
NBA AFTER THE BUZZER ESPN Fri. 12:54 AM 0.7 883
11 UFC PPV PRELIMS ESPN Sat. 8:09 PM 0.6 806
LIVE PD: 191 LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.6 806
LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.6 794
NBA BASKETBALL – 76ERS/THUNDER TNT Thurs. 8:14 PM 0.6 781
NBA REGULAR SEASON – PORTLAND/BOSTON ESPN Weds. 8:12 PM 0.6 768
DR. PIMPLE POPPER TLC Thurs. 9:00 PM 0.6 768
LIVE PD: 190 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 768
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.6 742
NAKED AND AFRAID DISCOVERY Sun. 8:00 PM 0.6 742
NAKED AND AFRAID DISCOVERY Sun. 9:01 PM 0.6 730
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – DUKE/VIRGINIA TECH ESPN Tues. 7:00 PM 0.6 704
NBA REGULAR SEASON – PORTLAND/TORONTO ESPN Fri. 8:14 PM 0.6 704
23 GOLD RUSH DISCOVERY Fri. 9:01 PM 0.5 691
TEEN MOM II MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.5 678
CHALLENGE: WAR OF WORLDS MTV Weds. 9:00 PM 0.5 678
TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:05 PM 0.5 678
LOVE & HIP HOP MIAMI VH1 Mon. 9:01 PM 0.5 666
60 DAYS IN A&E Thurs. 10:01 PM 0.5 653
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN ESPN Sat. 6:13 PM 0.5 653
NBA BASKETBALL – JAZZ/NUGGETS TNT Thurs. 10:38 PM 0.5 640
NBA BASKETBALL – CELTICS/RAPTORS TNT Tues. 8:14 PM 0.5 627
NBA AFTER THE BUZZER ESPN Weds. 1:13 AM 0.5 627
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NJ BRAVO Weds. 9:00 PM 0.5 627
MY FEET KILLING ME SNK TLC Thurs. 10:01 PM 0.5 627
AMERICAN DAD TBS Mon. 10:00 PM 0.5 602
VANDERPUMP RULES BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.5 576
NBA BASKETBALL – THUNDER/NUGGETS TNT Tues. 10:36 PM 0.5 576

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Feb. 25 – March 3, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 4,708
2 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,839
3 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,705
4 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,520
5 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 3,495
6 MTP DAILY MSNBC Weds. 5:00 PM 3,488
7 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Weds. 5:00 PM 3,327
8 CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 3,309
9 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,275
10 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,167
11 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Weds. 10:00 PM 3,141
12 DEADLINE: WHITE HOUSE MSNBC Weds. 4:00 PM 3,133
13 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,126
14 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,057
15 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC Weds. 10:00 PM 2,991
16 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,986
17 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 2,964
18 DR. PIMPLE POPPER TLC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,963
19 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,959
20 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,952
21 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,945
22 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 2,897
23 MSNBC SPECIAL COVERAGE: MICHAEL COHEN CONGRESS TESTIMONY MSNBC Weds. 10:00 AM 2,896
24 MSNBC SPECIAL COVERAGE: MICHAEL COHEN CONGRESS TESTIMONY MSNBC Weds. 12:24 PM 2,864
25 SPECIAL RPT W/ BRET BAIER FOX NEWS Weds. 6:00 PM 2,834

All ratings are live + same-day. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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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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