Another week comes and goes, and without any special sports or awards specials to compete with it, “The Walking Dead” wins the cable ratings yet again.

The AMC series scored the week’s no. 1 spot in the adults 18-49 demo with a 1.8 rating – up a tenth from its previous episode’s 1.7 – and was the week’s most-watched cable broadcast as well, with a 4.83 million viewer audience. ESPN’s live broadcast of the Duke vs. North Carolina college basketball game came second in both measures, with a 1.2 rating and 4.162 million viewers.

Elsewhere, with 3.6 million viewers tuning in, the Wednesday night edition of MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” was the week’s most-watched cable news broadcast.

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

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 1.8 2,266
2 COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – DUKE/NORTH CAROLINA ESPN Sat. 6:06 PM 1.2 1,574
3 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,395
4 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,254
5 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,126
6 NBA REGULAR SEASON – DENVER/LA LAKERS ESPN Weds. 10:43 PM 0.8 1,075
NBA BASKETBALL – CELTICS/WARRIORS TNT Tues. 10:39 PM 0.8 1,062
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – MICHIGAN/MICHIGAN STATE ESPN Sat. 8:13 PM 0.8 1,037
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 0.8 998
CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 0.8 986
DR. PIMPLE POPPER TLC Thurs. 9:00 PM 0.8 960
NBA REGULAR SEASON – DENVER/GOLDEN STATE ESPN Fri. 10:35 PM 0.8 960
13 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:01 PM 0.7 909
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7 896
GOLD RUSH DISCOVERY Fri. 9:00 PM 0.7 883
LIVE PD: 192 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.7 845
17 LIVE PD: 193 LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.6 819
LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.6 794
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NJ BRAVO Weds. 8:00 PM 0.6 781
NBA REGULAR SEASON – PHILADELPHIA/CHICAGO ESPN Weds. 8:13 PM 0.6 768
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC BRAVO Weds. 9:00 PM 0.6 755
NBA BASKETBALL – THUNDER/TRAIL BLAZERS TNT Thurs. 10:39 PM 0.6 755
GOLD RUSH: WHITE WATER DISCOVERY Fri. 10:02 PM 0.6 742
TEEN MOM II MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 730
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.6 730
NBA REGULAR SEASON – PHILADELPHIA/HOUSTON ESPN Fri. 8:15 PM 0.6 730

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

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

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 4,831
2 COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – DUKE/NORTH CAROLINA ESPN Sat. 6:06 PM 4,162
3 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,601
4 CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 3,511
5 DR. PIMPLE POPPER TLC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,243
6 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,231
HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,231
8 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,065
9 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,062
10 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 2,927
11 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,901
12 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 2,862
13 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,861
14 COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – MICHIGAN/MICHIGAN STATE ESPN Sat. 8:13 PM 2,849
15 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,798
16 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 2,796
17 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 2,744
18 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Thurs. 5:00 PM 2,734
19 GOLD RUSH DISCOVERY Fri. 9:00 PM 2,722
20 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 2,704
21 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Fri. 8:00 PM 2,682
22 HANNITY FOX NEWS Fri. 9:00 PM 2,676
23 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 2,609
24 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Weds. 5:00 PM 2,606
25 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC Weds. 10:00 PM 2,604

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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