Facing a heavy lineup of live sports broadcasts, the season 9 premiere of “The Walking Dead” was the only original cable show that managed to land fairly high in the charts for the week of Oct. 1.

The AMC series landed in the week’s top 5 in both adults 18-49 and total viewers measures with a 2.5 rating and 6.08 million viewers. It was, of course, beaten in both measures by ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” broadcast (4.6, 13.21 million), and the Tuesday night MLB wild card game between Colorado and Chicago in total viewers (6.33 million).

TBS’ several live MLB broadcasts landed multiple spots throughout the rest of the top 25 as well. Meanwhile, Fox News’ Wednesday night edition of “Hannity” led cable news for the week with 4.37 million viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Oct. 1-7, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON L: KANSAS CITY/DENVER ESPN Mon. 8:16 PM 4.6 5,926
2 WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 2.5 3,187
3 MLB WILD CARD L: COLORADO/CHICAGO CUBS ESPN Tues. 8:00 PM 2.1 2,675
4 MLB WILDCARD: YANKEES VS AS TBS Weds. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,304
5 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF L ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,266
6 SPORTSCENTER 12AM L ESPN Mon. 11:23 PM 1.5 1,971
7 MLB DIVISION SERIES: YANKEES VS RED SOX TBS Fri. 7:24 PM 1.4 1,805
8 MLB DIVISION SERIES: YANKEES VS RED SOX TBS Sat. 7:57 PM 1.3 1,638
9 NFLN THU NT FOOTBALL: 2018 WK 5 IND VS. NE NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:23 PM 1.0 1,331
NFLN THU NT FTBLL-SUS NFL NETWORK Thurs. 11:04 PM 1.0 1,331
AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX Weds. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,280
WALKING DEAD BONUS AMC Sun. 7:48 PM 1.0 1,267
MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN ESPN Mon. 7:33 PM 1.0 1,254
14 MLB NL DIVISION SERIES L: LOS ANGELES DODGERS/ATLANTA BRAVES 3 FOX SPORTS 1 Sun. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,126
LOVE & HIP HOP HLLYWD 5 VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,114
16 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME L: KENTUCKY/TEXAS A&M ESPN Sat. 7:00 PM 0.8 1,011
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.8 998
TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:26 PM 0.8 986
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 973
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.8 960
21 INSIDE THE MLB TBS Fri. 11:18 PM 0.7 947
COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT L: ALABAMA/ARKANSAS ESPN Sat. 12:00 PM 0.7 947
WWE SMACKDOWN: WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7 883
90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE 90: N/A TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.7 858
MLB NL DIVISION SERIES L: ATLANTA BRAVES/LOS ANGELES DODGERS 2 FOX SPORTS 1 Fri. 9:30 PM 0.7 845

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Oct. 1-7, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON L: KANSAS CITY/DENVER ESPN Mon. 8:16 PM 13,214
2 MLB WILD CARD L: COLORADO/CHICAGO CUBS ESPN Tues. 8:00 PM 6,332
3 MLB WILDCARD: YANKEES VS AS TBS Weds. 8:00 PM 6,155
4 WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 6,076
5 MLB DIVISION SERIES: YANKEES VS RED SOX TBS Fri. 7:24 PM 5,571
6 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF L ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 5,449
7 MLB DIVISION SERIES: YANKEES VS RED SOX TBS Sat. 7:57 PM 5,059
8 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 4,370
9 KAVANAUGH COVERAGE FOX NEWS Sat. 4:00 PM 4,340
10 KAVANAUGH COVERAGE FOX NEWS Sat. 3:00 PM 4,330
11 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 4,222
12 JUSTICE W/ JUDGE JEANINE FOX NEWS Sat. 8:00 PM 4,041
13 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 4,036
14 INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS Weds. 10:00 PM 3,999
15 HANNITY FOX NEWS Fri. 9:00 PM 3,986
16 INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:00 PM 3,939
17 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 3,929
18 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,929
19 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 3,900
20 SPORTSCENTER 12AM L ESPN Mon. 11:23 PM 3,741
21 INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS Mon. 10:00 PM 3,598
22 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Fri. 8:00 PM 3,570
23 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 3,549
24 INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS Tues. 10:00 PM 3,547
25 FOX REPORT WITH JON SCOTT FOX NEWS Sat. 7:00 PM 3,478

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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