Where does 'The Walking Dead' rank? Introducing combined weekly ratings

the-walking-dead-season-4-farmer-rick.jpgWhen "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
2 NCIS CBS 18.328
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
7 THE VOICE-MONDAY NBC 14.635
8 THE OT FOX 14.113
9 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 12.998
10 FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA PT 3 NBC 11.775
11 THE MILLERS CBS 11.729
12 PERSON OF INTEREST CBS 11.652
13 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ESPN 11.448
14 THE BLACKLIST NBC 11.184
15 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 10.977
16 MLB ALCS GAME 2 PREGAME FOX 10.884
17 MODERN FAMILY ABC 10.643
18 60 MINUTES CBS 10.620
19 BLUE BLOODS CBS 10.560
20 CASTLE ABC 10.511
21 THE VOICE-TUESDAY NBC 10.199
22 THE CRAZY ONES CBS 9.685
23 SURVIVOR CBS 9.604
24 THE MENTALIST CBS 9.385
25 HAWAII FIVE-0 CBS 9.243
       
38 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NFLN 7.809
42 DUCK DYNASTY A&E 7.403
54 MLB DIVISION SERIES GM 5 TBS 6.090
Source: The Nielsen Company
Photo/Video credit: AMC
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