Despite losing one of its lead stars just prior to its midseason break last year, “The Walking Dead” returned to predictably reclaim the no. 1 spot in the cable charts for the week of Feb. 4.

The AMC zombie series came back from hiatus with a 2.0 rating in adults 18-49, not only steady with its midseason finale, but also making it the week’s highest-rated cable show. Meanwhile, Fox News’ broadcast of this year’s State of the Union address came second in the demo with a 1.5, but was the week’s most-watched broadcast with 11.27 million viewers.

The network’s subsequent coverage and analysis of President Trump’s address Tuesday night were the week’s second and third-most watched broadcasts as well, with 7.89 and 6.10 million viewers, respectively. “The Walking Dead” (5.16 million) came fourth in the measure.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Feb. 4-10, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 2.0 2,560
2 STATE OF THE UNION 2019 FOX NEWS Tues. 9:07 PM 1.5 1,920
3 COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – DUKE/VIRGINIA ESPN Sat. 6:01 PM 1.1 1,344
4 ST UNION/REP RESPONSE FOX NEWS Tues. 10:39 PM 1.0 1,331
NBA BASKETBALL – LAKERS/CELTICS TNT Thurs. 8:13 PM 1.0 1,331
6 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,139
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,088
8 WALKING DEAD BONUS AMC Sun. 7:54 PM 0.8 1,062
TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:14 PM 0.8 1,062
STATE OF THE UNION 2019 CNN Tues. 9:07 PM 0.8 1,024
ST UNION/ANALYSIS FOX NEWS Tues. 10:50 PM 0.8 1,024
SOTU DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE CNN Tues. 10:40 PM 0.8 1,024
DR. PIMPLE POPPER TLC Thurs. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,011
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.8 973
STATE OF UNION ANALYSIS CNN Tues. 10:30 PM 0.8 973
16 STATE OF UNION ANALYSIS CNN Tues. 10:50 PM 0.7 947
CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 0.7 896
DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE MSNBC Tues. 10:40 PM 0.7 858
LIVE PD: 185 LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.7 845
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 0.7 832
21 LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.6 819
TEEN MOM II MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 819
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.6 819
LIVE PD: 184 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 819
MSNBC SPECIAL COVERAGE MSNBC Tues. 10:50 PM 0.6 806
NBA REGULAR SEASON – SAN ANTONIO/GOLDEN STATE ESPN Weds. 10:38 PM 0.6 781
NBA BASKETBALL – SPURS/TRAILBLAZERS TNT Thurs. 10:39 PM 0.6 755
MSNBC SPECIAL COVERAGE MSNBC Tues. 10:30 PM 0.6 742

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Feb. 4-10, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 STATE OF THE UNION 2019 FOX NEWS Tues. 9:07 PM 11,266
2 ST UNION/REP RESPONSE FOX NEWS Tues. 10:39 PM 7,885
3 ST UNION/ANALYSIS FOX NEWS Tues. 10:50 PM 6,098
4 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 5,156
5 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 4,795
6 DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE MSNBC Tues. 10:40 PM 4,776
7 MSNBC SPECIAL COVERAGE MSNBC Tues. 10:50 PM 4,691
8 MSNBC SPECIAL COVERAGE MSNBC Tues. 10:30 PM 4,378
9 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 11:00 PM 3,811
10 STATE OF THE UNION ADD MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,785
11 STATE OF THE UNION 2019 CNN Tues. 9:07 PM 3,471
12 DR. PIMPLE POPPER TLC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,430
13 STATE OF UNION ANALYSIS CNN Tues. 10:30 PM 3,428
14 SOTU DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE CNN Tues. 10:40 PM 3,384
15 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,375
16 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,344
17 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,320
18 COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – DUKE/VIRGINIA ESPN Sat. 6:01 PM 3,318
19 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 3,269
20 STATE OF UNION ANALYSIS CNN Tues. 10:50 PM 3,253
21 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,253
22 11TH HOUR W/ B. WILLIAMS MSNBC Tues. 11:00 PM 3,172
23 CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 3,123
24 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,040
25 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 3,020

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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