It was another up week for “The Walking Dead,” while “Monday Night Football” held steady in the cable charts for the week of Oct. 29.

The ESPN broadcast of the Bills vs. Patriots “MNF” game led in the adults 18-49 demo with the same 3.5 rating that the previous week’s “MNF” game had scored. However, it was up slightly in total viewers week-to-week, from 10.33 to 10.85 million, and was the week’s most-watched broadcast. “The Walking Dead” came second in both measures, and managed to tick up one-tenth yet again, from a 2.0 to a 2.1.

Fox News continued to lead cable news in total viewers as well, with a Wednesday night edition of “Hannity” raking in 3.33 million. Elsewhere, FX’s “American Horror Story” may have fallen from a 0.9 to a 0.7, but it still (just barely) landed in the week’s top 15.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Oct. 29 – Nov. 4, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – NEW ENGLAND/BUFFALO ESPN Mon. 8:13 PM 3.5 4,531
2 WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 2.1 2,650
3 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 11:33 PM 1.3 1,715
MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,600
COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT – PENN STATE/MICHIGAN ESPN Sat. 3:45 PM 1.3 1,600
6 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:08 PM 1.0 1,280
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,229
8 LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,139
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,101
10 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – NOTRE DAME/NORTHWESTERN ESPN Sat. 7:15 PM 0.8 1,062
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.8 1,050
NBA REGULAR SEASON – MINNESOTA/GOLDEN STATE ESPN Fri. 10:39 PM 0.8 1,037
JERSEY SHORE: FAM VACAY MTV Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.8 973
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – OAK VS. SF NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:23 PM 0.8 960
15 AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX Weds. 10:00 PM 0.7 947
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7 934
REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 0.7 934
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – SUS NFL NETWORK Thurs. 11:00 PM 0.7 909
COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT – TEXAS A&M/AUBURN ESPN Sat. 12:00 PM 0.7 909
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN Sat. 9:00 AM 0.7 858
COLL FTBL SCOREBOARD ESPN Sat. 3:32 PM 0.7 832
22 T.I. & TINY: FAMILY HUSTLE VH1 Mon. 9:01 PM 0.6 755
NBA REGULAR SEASON – INDIANA/NEW YORK ESPN Weds. 8:12 PM 0.6 730
NFL COUNTDOWN ESPN Sun. 10:00 AM 0.6 730
NBA AFTER THE BUZZER ESPN Fri. 12:54 AM 0.6 717
LIVE PD: 157 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 717
NBA REGULAR SEASON – OKLAHOMA CITY/WASHINGTON ESPN Fri. 8:13 PM 0.6 704
90 DAY FIANCE TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.6 704
KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS E! Sun. 9:00 PM 0.6 704

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Oct. 29 – Nov. 4, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – NEW ENGLAND/BUFFALO ESPN Mon. 8:13 PM 10,845
2 WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 5,414
3 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 4,357
4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT – PENN STATE/MICHIGAN ESPN Sat. 3:45 PM 4,252
5 HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: CHRISTMAS JOY HALLMARK CHANNEL Sat. 8:00 PM 3,366
6 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,327
7 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – NOTRE DAME/NORTHWESTERN ESPN Sat. 7:15 PM 3,293
8 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 11:33 PM 3,282
9 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,233
10 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 3,149
11 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 3,127
12 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,087
13 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 3,019
14 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,952
15 INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS Mon. 10:00 PM 2,921
16 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,859
17 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,853
18 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,842
19 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 2,840
20 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,816
21 HANNITY FOX NEWS Fri. 9:00 PM 2,810
22 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,806
23 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 2,776
24 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Thurs. 5:00 PM 2,774
25 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Weds. 10:00 PM 2,767

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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