Per usual, “The Walking Dead” and “Monday Night Football” occupied the Top 2 spots in the cable rankings for the week of Dec. 5-11. The gap between the two was considerably wider than it was the previous week, however.

“The Walking Dead’s” fall finale was up a little bit week to week, but “Monday Night Football” pulled in some of its smallest numbers of the season with the Dec. 5 Colts-Jets game. It managed just a 2.6 in adults 18-49 and 8.09 million viewers, well behind “The Walking Dead’s” 5.1 and 10.58 million.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Dec. 5-11, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 5.1 6,534
2 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – COLTS/JETS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 2.6 3,352
3 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:26 PM 2.0 2,529
4 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – RAIDERS/CHIEFS NFLN Thurs. 8:26 PM 1.4 1,818
5 STREET OUTLAWS DISC Mon. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,484
LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,478
7 SOUTH PARK COM Weds. 10:00 PM 1.1 1,388
8 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,340
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,317
NBA BASKETBALL – WARRIORS/CLIPPERS ESPN Weds. 10:35 PM 1.0 1,307
GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,280
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,239
13 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,187
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:00 PM 0.9 1,184
STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI TNT Sat. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,179
AMERICAN DAD ADSM Weds. 10:30 PM 0.9 1,126
STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TNT Sat. 5:13 PM 0.9 1,116
THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 7:31 PM 0.9 1,112
19 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 9:30 PM 0.8 1,078
TEEN MOM REUNION PT 2 MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,059
THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,057
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:30 PM 0.8 1,052
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME NFLN Thurs. 8:18 PM 0.8 1,052
SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:32 PM 0.8 1,049
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Thurs. 10:00 PM 0.8 1,042
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,025
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,005
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Thurs. 10:30 PM 0.8 990
ELF FRFM Weds. 9:00 PM 0.8 987
30 FOR 30: CATHOLICS VS. CONVICTS ESPN Sat. 9:10 PM 0.8 985
FAMILY GUY ADSM Sat. 11:30 PM 0.8 973
HEISMAN TROPHY PRESENTATION ESPN Sat. 8:00 PM 0.8 964

 

Top 25 cable shows in viewers for Dec. 5-11, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 10,583
2 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – COLTS/JETS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 8,093
3 LOVE YOU LIKE CHRISTMAS HALL Sun. 8:00 PM 4,334
4 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:26 PM 4,311
5 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 4,083
6 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 4,074
7 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – RAIDERS/CHIEFS NFLN Thurs. 8:26 PM 3,775
8 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 3,757
9 A NUTCRACKER CHRISTMAS HALL Sat. 8:00 PM 3,703
10 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,665
11 GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 3,596
12 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,157
13 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Fri. 8:00 PM 3,124
14 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Tues. 6:00 PM 3,100
15 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,984
16 THE KELLY FILE FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,962
17 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 7:00 PM 2,958
18 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Thurs. 6:00 PM 2,956
19 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 2,952
20 THE KELLY FILE FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,948
21 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Weds. 6:00 PM 2,942
22 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Mon. 6:00 PM 2,928
23 THE FIVE FNC Mon. 5:00 PM 2,897
24 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Tues. 7:00 PM 2,891
25 THE FIVE FNC Weds. 5:00 PM 2,865

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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