“The Walking Dead” had no trouble keeping the No. 1 spot in the cable rankings for Oct. 31-Nov. 6 — although “Monday Night Football” closed the gap some in viewers.

The AMC hit scored a 5.7 rating in adults 18-49, beating “MNF” by 2.2 points. The race was tighter in viewers, with “The Walking Dead” (11.72 million) holding lead of about 1.24 million viewers over “Monday Night Football” (10.48 million).

Early-season ratings for the NBA continued to be solid, with four games making the Top 25 in adults 18-49.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49  for Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 5.7 7,283
2 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – VIKINGS/BEARS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 3.5 4,514
3 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – FALCONS/BUCCANEERS NFLN Thurs. 8:26 PM 2.1 2,705
4 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:01 PM 1.8 2,350
5 NBA BASKETBALL – THUNDER/WARRIORS TNT Thurs. 10:50 PM 1.7 2,236
6 AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ROANOKE FX Weds. 10:00 PM 1.2 1,528
7 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:33 PM 1.1 1,403
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA – P BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,382
9 NBA BASKETBALL – WARRIORS/LAKERS ESPN Fri. 10:36 PM 1.0 1,344
NBA BASKETBALL – CELTICS/CAVALIERS TNT Thurs. 8:14 PM 1.0 1,297
11 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,198
LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,194
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,152
GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,140
FAMILY GUY ADSM Sun. 10:30 PM 0.9 1,125
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,116
STREET OUTLAWS DISC Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,102
THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 7:55 PM 0.9 1,091
19 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Thurs. 10:00 PM 0.8 1,083
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME NFLN Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,033
FAMILY GUY ADSM Mon. 11:30 PM 0.8 989
NBA BASKETBALL – KNICKS/BULLS ESPN Fri. 8:05 PM 0.8 986
NFL COUNTDOWN ESPN Sun. 11:00 AM 0.8 983
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY FX Sun. 8:00 PM 0.8 962
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NJ BRAVO Sun. 10:00 PM 0.7 956

Note: 27 other shows als0 had 0.7 ratings but not as many viewers in the 18-49 demographic.

Top 25 cable shows in viewers for Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 11,721
2 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – VIKINGS/BEARS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 10,476
3 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – FALCONS/BUCCANEERS NFLN Thurs. 8:26 PM 5,845
4 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 4,351
5 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 4,236
6 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:01 PM 4,064
7 THE MISTLETOE PROMISE HALL Sat. 8:00 PM 3,896
8 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Fri. 8:00 PM 3,818
9 THE KELLY FILE FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,817
10 NBA BASKETBALL – THUNDER/WARRIORS TNT Thurs. 10:50 PM 3,763
11 THE KELLY FILE FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,690
12 A PERFECT CHRISTMAS HALL Sun. 8:00 PM 3,554
13 HANNITY FNC Thurs. 10:00 PM 3,537
14 THE OREILLY FACTOR FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 3,523
15 HANNITY FNC Mon. 10:00 PM 3,438
16 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Mon. 6:00 PM 3,375
17 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Weds. 6:00 PM 3,302
18 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Tues. 6:00 PM 3,240
19 HANNITY FNC Tues. 10:00 PM 3,203
20 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Thurs. 6:00 PM 3,170
21 THE KELLY FILE FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,134
22 HANNITY FNC Weds. 10:00 PM 3,117
23 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 3,090
24 GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 3,053
25 THE FIVE FNC Mon. 5:00 PM 3,047

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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