‘Unsolved’ scores for USA: Cable top 25 for Feb. 26-March 4

The premiere of “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.” put up adults 18-49 ratings USA hasn’t seen in some time for a scripted show.

The series premiere’s 0.7 rating in adults 18-49 was the highest for a scripted show in five months, since the finale of “The Sinner” came in at 0.8. It was the highest-rated series debut on USA in at least the past three years, topping those of “The Sinner,” “Colony,” “Queen of the South,” “Mr. Robot” and “Shooter.”

“Unsolved” finished in a tie for 11th place among cable originals for the week. “The Walking Dead” (2.9 in adults 18-49 and 6.82 million viewers) was still the clear leader despite hitting multi-year lows.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Feb. 26-March 4, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 2.9 3,661
2 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,408
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,395
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – N. CAROLINA/DUKE ESPN Sat. 8:17 PM 1.1 1,382
TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:06 PM 1.1 1,357
6 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,293
7 LOVE & HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,178
LOVE & HIP HOP MIAMI VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,139
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,101
10 NBA BASKETBALL – 76ERS/CAVALIERS TNT Thurs. 8:13 PM 0.8 986
11 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 0.7 909
NBA BASKETBALL – WARRIORS/WIZARDS ESPN Weds. 8:01 PM 0.7 909
GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 0.7 909
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN Sat. 8:07 PM 0.7 909
STREET OUTLAWS DISC Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 858
UNSOLVED – P USA Tues. 10:00 PM 0.7 858
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.7 832
18 BLACK INK CREW VH1 Weds. 9:00 PM 0.6 806
TEEN MOM MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 794
LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.6 781
KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS E! Sun. 9:00 PM 0.6 781
STREET OUTLAWS SPECIAL DISC Mon. 8:00 PM 0.6 742
NBA BASKETBALL – ROCKETS/CLIPPERS ESPN Weds. 10:35 PM 0.6 742
LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 730
RED CARPET REWIND: ACADEMY AWARDS – S E! Sun. 7:00 PM 0.6 730
FIXER UPPER HGTV Tues. 9:00 PM 0.6 717
NBA BASKETBALL – 76ERS/BUCKS ESPN Sun. 8:00 PM 0.6 717

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Feb. 26-March 4, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 6,820
2 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,407
3 COLLEGE BASKETBALL – N. CAROLINA/DUKE ESPN Sat. 8:17 PM 3,369
4 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,283
5 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 3,249
6 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,146
7 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 3,055
8 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,027
9 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 3,016
10 HANNITY FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,976
11 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 2,967
12 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,948
13 HANNITY FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,943
14 HANNITY FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,892
15 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 2,884
16 HANNITY FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 2,862
17 GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,805
18 FIXER UPPER HGTV Tues. 9:00 PM 2,799
19 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 2,784
20 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 2,692
21 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:06 PM 2,651
22 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,599
23 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FNC Mon. 10:00 PM 2,554
24 LAST WORD W/LAWRENCE O’DONNELL MSNBC Weds. 10:00 PM 2,483
25 LAST WORD W/LAWRENCE O’DONNELL MSNBC Mon. 10:00 PM 2,410

All ratings are live + same-day. Source: The Nielsen Company.