Ratings Watch: ‘The Walking Dead’ Dips in Premiere, But Still a Powerhouse

Ratings Watch

The Walking Dead may be down, but the zombies are still dominant.

The Season 6 debut of Walking Dead on Oct. 11 averaged 19.5 million viewers after three days of DVR and VOD usage. That was down from last year’s season premiere (22.4 million) and February’s midseason return (20.3 million) but still dominant.

Meanwhile, NCIS won the week, leaping ahead of Sunday Night Football. Steve Kroft’s 60 Minutes interview with President Obama propelled the newsmagazine into Nielsen’s top 10 broadcasts among viewers, adults 18-49 and adults 25-54.

And freshman drama Blindspot continued to impress, adding 4.3 million more viewers in DVR and VOD lift. The freshman thriller is the No. 1 DVR/VOD gainer among all broadcast programs for the third week in a row.

Here are the top 25 shows (including Live+3 DVR and VOD data) for the week of October 5 to October 11.

RANK

SHOW & NETWORK

LIVE+3
DAYS
DVR/VOD

WATCHED
LIVE/
SAME
DAY

1

NCISCBS

19.8

16.9

2

Sunday Night Football: New Orleans vs. DallasNBC

The Big Bang TheoryCBS

19.6

19.6

19.6

15.4

4

The Walking DeadAMC

19.5

14.6

5

EmpireFox

17.0

13.1

6

NCIS: New OrleansCBS

16.4

14.2

7

60 MinutesCBS

15.9

15.4

8

Thursday Night Football: Houston vs. IndianapolisCBS/NFL Network

15.2

15.1

9

Monday Night Football: Seattle vs. DetroitESPN

14.5

14.4

10

The Voice (Monday)NBC

14.0

12.2

11

Blue BloodsCBS

13.8

10.7

12

BlindspotNBC

13.4

9.1

13

Dancing with the Stars (Monday)ABC

13.2

11.8

14

Madam SecretaryCBS

ScorpionCBS

13.0

13.0

11.2

10.0

16

LimitlessCBS

12.2

9.6

17

Criminal MindsCBS

ScandalABC

12.0

12.0

9.1

8.8

19

Modern FamilyABC

11.4

8.0

20

Hawai’i Five-0CBS

11.3

9.0

21

SurvivorCBS

11.0

9.1

22

The BlacklistNBC

Grey’s AnatomyABC

10.9

10.9

7.0

8.1

24

The Good WifeCBS

10.8

8.8

25

NCIS: Los AngelesCBS

10.6

8.0

Total viewers; in millions