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The top-rated program in the history of CNBC put the channel in the Top 25 on cable for the first time in a long time during the week of Oct. 26-Nov. 1.

The third Republican primary debate drew just over 14 million viewers, good enough for the No. 1 spot in that measure, and a 2.6 rating in adults 18-49. That was good for third place, although well behind “The Walking Dead” (6.8) and “Monday Night Football” (4.4).

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2015

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 11/01/15 9:00 PM 6.8 8597
2 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ESPN 10/26/15 8:15 PM 4.4 5541
3 REPUBLICAN PRES DEBATE P2 CNBC 10/28/15 8:15 PM 2.6 3352
4 TALKING DEAD AMC 11/01/15 10:30 PM 2.3 2940
5 AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL FX 10/28/15 10:00 PM 1.6 2034
5t SPORTSCENTER ESPN 10/26/15 11:36 PM 1.6 2038
7 LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 10/26/15 8:00 PM 1.5 1862
7t NBA BASKETBALL TNT 10/27/15 8:00 PM 1.5 1926
9 NBA BASKETBALL TNT 10/27/15 10:27 PM 1.3 1585
9t THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NFLN 10/29/15 8:26 PM 1.3 1647
9t THE WALKING DEAD AMC 11/01/15 8:00 PM 1.3 1709
9t WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 10/26/15 8:00 PM 1.3 1619
13 NBA REGULAR SEASON ESPN 10/28/15 10:32 PM 1.2 1488
13t WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 10/26/15 10:00 PM 1.2 1475
15 COLLEGE FOOTBALL ESPN 10/31/15 12:00 PM 1.1 1427
15t COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME ESPN 10/31/15 7:29 PM 1.1 1456
15t GOLD RUSH DISC 10/30/15 9:00 PM 1.1 1386
15t REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRVO 10/26/15 9:00 PM 1.1 1405
15t WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 10/26/15 9:00 PM 1.1 1357
20 BLACK INK CREW CHICAGO VH1 10/26/15 9:00 PM 1.0 1266
20t FAMILY GUY ADSM 10/26/15 11:30 PM 1.0 1237
20t FAMILY GUY ADSM 10/27/15 11:00 PM 1.0 1261
20t FAMILY GUY ADSM 10/27/15 11:30 PM 1.0 1230
20t FAMILY GUY ADSM 10/28/15 11:30 PM 1.0 1262
25 BEING MARY JANE BET 10/27/15 10:00 PM 0.9 1115
25t THE BIG BANG THEORY TBSC 11/01/15 8:00 PM 0.9 1127
25t FAMILY GUY ADSM 10/26/15 11:00 PM 0.9 1146
25t FAMILY GUY ADSM 10/28/15 11:00 PM 0.9 1201
25t FAMILY GUY ADSM 10/29/15 11:30 PM 0.9 1183
25t NBA REGULAR SEASON ESPN 10/30/15 6:57 PM 0.9 1102
25t NBA REGULAR SEASON ESPN 10/30/15 9:32 PM 0.9 1156
25t SPORTSCENTER ESPN 10/26/15 12:36 AM 0.9 1118
25t THE WALKING DEAD AMC 11/01/15 11:30 PM 0.9 1097

Top 25 cable series in viewers for Oct. 26-Nov. 1, 2015

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 REPUBLICAN PRES DEBATE P2 CNBC 10/28/15 8:15 PM 14005
2 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 11/01/15 9:00 PM 13339
3 NFL REGULAR SEASON ESPN 10/26/15 8:15 PM 12204
4 TALKING DEAD AMC 11/01/15 10:30 PM 4639
5 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME ESPN 10/31/15 7:29 PM 3681
6 SPORTSCENTER ESPN 10/26/15 11:36 PM 3642
7 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 10/26/15 8:00 PM 3635
8 GOLD RUSH DISC 10/30/15 9:00 PM 3578
9 COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT ESPN 10/31/15 12:00 PM 3495
10 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FOXNC 10/29/15 8:00 PM 3474
11 NBA BASKETBALL TNT 10/27/15 8:00 PM 3461
12 NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACE NBCSN 11/01/15 1:28 PM 3363
13 DEBATE PRESHOW PART 2 CNBC 10/28/15 7:11 PM 3270
14 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 10/26/15 10:00 PM 3214
15 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 10/26/15 9:00 PM 3213
16 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FOXNC 10/28/15 11:00 PM 3159
17 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 11/01/15 8:00 PM 3060
18 AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL FX 10/28/15 10:00 PM 3045
19 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NFLN 10/29/15 8:26 PM 2989
20 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FOXNC 10/26/15 8:00 PM 2960
21 HANNITY FOXNC 10/28/15 10:00 PM 2846
22 NASCAR SPRINT CUP POST NBCSN 11/01/15 5:29 PM 2748
23 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FOXNC 10/27/15 8:00 PM 2672
24 LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 10/26/15 8:00 PM 2671
25 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FOXNC 10/29/15 6:00 PM 2557

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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