The Season 8 finale of “The Walking Dead” fell considerably from the Season 7 closer, dropping 37 percent in adults 18-49 (5.4 rating to 3.4) and about 30 percent in total viewers (11.31 million to 7.92 million).

Still, Sunday’s finale was the top show on cable for the week by a wide margin. It came close to doubling the second-place show (Game 1 of an NBA playoff series on TNT, 1.9) in adults 18-49 and beat the No. 2 show in viewers (Friday’s “Ingraham Angle” on Fox News, 4.67 million) by 69 percent.

All six NBA playoff games on cable over the weekend ranked in the top 10 (including ties) among adults 18-49. Five of the six cracked the top 25 in viewers too.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for April 9-15, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 THE WALKING DEAD – F AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 3.4 4,365
2 NBA PLAYOFFS – T-WOLVES/ROCKETS GM 1 TNT Sun. 9:00 PM 1.9 2,470
3 NBA PLAYOFFS – JAZZ/THUNDER GM 1 TNT Sun. 6:30 PM 1.7 2,138
4 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD – P AMC Sun. 10:10 PM 1.6 2,086
NBA PLAYOFFS – HEAT/76ERS GM 1 ESPN Sat. 8:07 PM 1.6 2,048
6 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.5 1,920
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.5 1,907
8 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.4 1,792
9 NBA PLAYOFFS – BUCKS/CELTICS GM 1 TNT Sun. 1:09 PM 1.3 1,702
10 NBA PLAYOFFS – PELICANS/BLAZERS GM 1 ESPN Sat. 10:43 PM 1.2 1,587
NBA PLAYOFFS – WIZARDS/RAPTORS GM 1 ESPN Sat. 5:30 PM 1.2 1,485
12 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,331
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,267
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,254
JERSEY SHORE FAMILY VACATION MTV Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,254
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Sun. 11:30 PM 1.0 1,216
17 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 11:17 PM 0.8 998
18 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Sat. 1:01 AM 0.7 947
TEYANA & IMAN VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 922
TEEN MOM MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 858
NBA PREGAME TNT Sun. 6:00 PM 0.7 858
CNN TONIGHT CNN Fri. 10:00 PM 0.7 832
23 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FNC Fri. 10:00 PM 0.6 819
LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.6 806
LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 768
VANDERPUMP RULES BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 755
THE LAST O.G. TBS Tues. 10:30 PM 0.6 742
DEADLIEST CATCH – P DISC Tues. 9:00 PM 0.6 717
LEAVE IT TO STEVIE VH1 Mon. 9:30 PM 0.6 704

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for April 9-15, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 THE WALKING DEAD – F AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 7,916
2 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FNC Fri. 10:00 PM 4,674
3 HANNITY FNC Fri. 9:00 PM 4,482
4 NBA PLAYOFFS – T-WOLVES/ROCKETS GM 1 TNT Sun. 9:00 PM 4,413
5 NBA PLAYOFFS – JAZZ/THUNDER GM 1 TNT Sun. 6:30 PM 4,100
6 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 4,098
7 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD – P AMC Sun. 10:10 PM 4,090
8 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 4,069
9 NBA PLAYOFFS – HEAT/76ERS GM 1 ESPN Sat. 8:07 PM 4,018
10 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 3,597
11 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,555
12 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,402
13 HANNITY FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,348
14 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 3,284
15 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,257
16 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,301
17 NBA PLAYOFFS – BUCKS/CELTICS GM 1 TNT Sun. 1:09 PM 3,203
18 HANNITY FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,128
19 HANNITY FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,112
20 FOX & FRIENDS SATURDAY FNC Sat. 9:00 AM 3,063
21 HANNITY FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,045
22 NBA PLAYOFFS – PELICANS/BLAZERS GM 1 ESPN Sat. 10:43 PM 3,012
23 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 2,952
24 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 2,942
25 FOX NEWS AT NIGHT FNC Fri. 11:00 PM 2,919

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

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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