“The Walking Dead” took a bit of a ratings hit in its third episode of 2016, which aired opposite the Oscars. It was still the runaway winner on cable in adults 18-49 for the week of Feb. 22-28 with a 6.1 rating.

The No. 1 program in viewers for the week was a Republican presidential debate on CNN, which drew 13.1 million people to “The Walking Dead’s” 12.79 million.

Top 25 cable shows in adults 18-49 for Feb. 22-28, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 2/28/2016 9:00 PM 6.1 7706
2 REPUBLICAN DEBATE CNN 2/25/2016 8:42 PM 2.7 3423
3 TALKING DEAD AMC 2/28/2016 10:02 PM 2.2 2832
4 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 2/22/2016 8:00 PM 1.4 1815
4t WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 2/22/2016 9:00 PM 1.4 1806
6 LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 2/22/2016 7:59 PM 1.3 1711
6t GOLD RUSH DISC 2/26/2016 9:00 PM 1.3 1655
6t THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON FX 2/23/2016 10:00 PM 1.3 1624
6t THE WALKING DEAD AMC 2/28/2016 8:00 PM 1.3 1601
10 REPUBLICAN DEBATE CNN 2/25/2016 8:30 PM 1.2 1568
10t WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 2/22/2016 10:00 PM 1.2 1524
12 STEVIE J & JOSELINE VH1 2/22/2016 9:00 PM 1.1 1375
12t FAMILY GUY ADSM 2/24/2016 11:00 PM 1.1 1372
14 FAMILY GUY ADSM 2/24/2016 11:30 PM 1.0 1299
14t STREET OUTLAWS: NOLA DISC 2/22/2016 9:00 PM 1.0 1265
14t BETTER CALL SAUL AMC 2/22/2016 10:00 PM 1.0 1243
14t THE BIG BANG THEORY TBSC 2/24/2016 10:30 PM 1.0 1233
14t K MICHELLE: MY LIFE VH1 2/22/2016 9:30 PM 1.0 1226
14t FIXER UPPER HGTV 2/23/2016 9:00 PM 1.0 1225
14t SAN ANDREAS HBOM 2/27/2016 8:00 PM 1.0 1225
14t FAMILY GUY ADSM 2/22/2016 11:00 PM 1.0 1215
22 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBSC 2/24/2016 10:00 PM 0.9 1194
22t FAMILY GUY ADSM 2/25/2016 11:00 PM 0.9 1188
22t FAMILY GUY ADSM 2/27/2016 11:30 PM 0.9 1179
22t DIESEL BROTHERS DISC 2/22/2016 10:01 PM 0.9 1165

Note: 14 other shows also drew 0.9 ratings in adults 18-49 but had fewer viewers in the demographic.

Top 25 cable series in viewers for Feb. 22-28, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 REPUBLICAN DEBATE CNN 2/25/2016 8:42 PM 13101
2 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 2/28/2016 9:00 PM 12794
3 REPUBLICAN DEBATE CNN 2/25/2016 8:30 PM 7439
4 TALKING DEAD AMC 2/28/2016 10:02 PM 4890
5 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 2/22/2016 8:00 PM 4201
6 GOLD RUSH DISC 2/26/2016 9:00 PM 4154
7 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 2/22/2016 9:00 PM 4055
8 ANDERSON COOPER 360 POST DEBATE CNN 2/25/2016 10:53 PM 3893
9 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FOXNC 2/23/2016 8:00 PM 3661
10 FIXER UPPER HGTV 2/23/2016 9:00 PM 3479
11 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 2/22/2016 10:00 PM 3396
12 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FOXNC 2/22/2016 8:00 PM 3366
13 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FOXNC 2/24/2016 8:00 PM 3282
14 MAJOR CRIMES TNT 2/22/2016 9:00 PM 3192
15 MAKO MERMAIDS DSNY 2/28/2016 7:30 PM 3160
16 MONSTERS UNIVERSITY DSNY 2/27/2016 8:10 PM 3156
17 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FOXNC 2/26/2016 8:00 PM 3128
18 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 2/25/2016 8:00 PM 3092
19 THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN 2/23/2016 9:00 PM 3069
20 MAKO MERMAIDS DSNY 2/28/2016 7:00 PM 3046
21 THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSONS FX 2/23/2016 10:00 PM 2988
22 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 2/28/2016 8:00 PM 2982
23 THE KELLY FILE FOXNC 2/23/2016 9:00 PM 2864
24 SAN ANDREAS HBOM 2/27/2016 8:00 PM 2820
25 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBSC 2/24/2016 10:00 PM 2792

 

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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