When “The Walking Dead” set a ratings record with its Season 4 premiere on Sunday (Oct. 13), a lot of the coverage of it (including here at Zap2it) focused on how it outperformed most of its broadcast-network competition that night.
That got us thinking: Where would the AMC show rank for the week as a whole?
Right near the top, as it turns out. Only three shows last week — NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” and CBS’ “NCIS” and “The Big Bang Theory” — drew a bigger total audience than “The Walking Dead,” as you can see in the combined broadcast/cable ratings chart below.
Zap2it is introducing a combined weekly ratings chart for broadcast and cable series to show where the top shows on cable fit in with the biggest programs on the broadcast networks. Below you can see the Top 25 shows for the week of Oct. 7-13 regardless of their origin — two cable broadcasts, “The Walking Dead” and ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” telecast, made the cut last week.
The table also shows the remainder of the Top 5 cable shows for the week and where they stand in the overall rankings. All five shows beat out a substantial number of broadcast shows. For now, we’re showing just total viewers; combined rankings for adults 18-49 may come in the future.
Combined Nielsen broadcast/cable rankings for Oct. 7-13
|RANK||SHOW||NETWORK||VIEWERS (in millions)|
|1||SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL||NBC||22.074|
|3||THE BIG BANG THEORY||CBS||17.636|
|4||THE WALKING DEAD||AMC||16.111|
|5||SUNDAY NIGHT NFL PRE-KICK||NBC||16.017|
|6||NCIS: LOS ANGELES||CBS||14.839|
|9||DANCING WITH THE STARS||ABC||12.998|
|10||FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3||NBC||11.775|
|12||PERSON OF INTEREST||CBS||11.652|
|13||MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL||ESPN||11.448|
|16||MLB ALCS GAME 2 PREGAME||FOX||10.884|
|22||THE CRAZY ONES||CBS||9.685|
|38||THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL||NFLN||7.809|
|54||MLB DIVISION SERIES GM 5||TBS||6.090|
Source: The Nielsen Company