Ratings Watch: ‘The Walking Dead’ Still Killer in Its Return

Ratings Watch

These zombies are very much alive.

AMC’s The Walking Dead returned last Sunday for the second half of the Season 6 with 19.1 million viewers (after three days of DVR and VOD usage is included).

That’s down just slightly from last year’s midseason premiere (20.3 million). The Walking Dead was also the most-timeshifted show of the week, jumping 5.3 million viewers in three days.

Among adults 18-49, The Walking Dead jumped from a 6.8 rating to a 9.6 when Live+3 ratings were tallied, up vs. the show’s final episode in the fall (9.3).

Among other series, NBC’s The Blacklist had the highest time-shifted percentage lift of the week (up 65%) of any show on the Big 4 broadcast networks. On cable, shows with hefty lifts included FX’s The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story (+91%), USA’s Colony (up 100%), Showtime’s Billions (+90%), Bravo’s Top Chef (+114%) and MTV’s The Shannara Chronicles (+123%).

Here are the top 25 shows (including Live+3 DVR and VOD data) among total viewers and adults 18-49 for the week of February 8 through 14, 2016.

Total viewers chart:

RANK

SHOW & NETWORK

LIVE+3
DAYS
DVR/VOD

WATCHED
LIVE/
SAME
DAY

1

The Big Bang TheoryCBS

20.9

16.3

2

NCISCBS

19.6

16.9

3

The Walking DeadAMC

19.1

13.7

4

NCIS: New OrleansCBS

15.0

12.6

5

Blue BloodsCBS

14.5

10.9

6

Campaign 2016 Republican DebateCBS

14.0

13.4

7

ScorpionCBS

13.9

11.4

8

NCIS: Los AngelesCBS

12.6

9.8

9

Madam SecretaryCBS

12.1

10.1

10

Hawaii Five-OCBS

11.8

8.9

11

Criminal MindsCBS

Chicago P.D.NBC

11.6

11.6

9.0

8.3

13

Modern FamilyABC

11.0

7.8

14

Grey’s AnatomyABC

10.9

8.3

15

Chicago FireNBC

Life in PiecesCBS

60 MinutesCBS

10.8

10.8

10.8

8.1

9.3

10.4

18

American Idol (Wednesday)Fox

The X-FilesFox

10.7

10.7

9.2

8.3

20

The BlacklistNBC

10.6

6.4

21

American Idol (Thursday)Fox

Law & Order: SVUNBC

10.4

10.4

9.0

7.6

23

The Good WifeCBS

10.2

8.0

24

ScandalABC

10.0

7.0

25

Code BlackCBS

9.9

7.1

Total viewers; in millions

Adults 18-49 chart:

RANK

SHOW & NETWORK

LIVE+3
DAYS
DVR/VOD

RATING

WATCHED
LIVE/
SAME
DAY

RATING

1

The Walking DeadAMC

9.6

6.8

2

The Big Bang TheoryCBS

5.6

3.8

3

Modern FamilyABC

3.9

2.6

4

Talking DeadAMC

3.6

3.1

5

The X-FilesFox

3.5

2.5

6

Grey’s AnatomyABC

3.4

2.4

7

ScandalABC

3.3

2.1

8

How to Get Away with MurderABC

3.2

1.8

9

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime StoryFX

3.1

1.5

10

The BachelorABC

NCISCBS

Chicago P.D.NBC

3.0

3.0

3.0

2.5

2.4

2.0

13

Law & Order: SVUNBC

2.9

1.9

14

ScorpionCBS

2016 NBA All-Star GameTNT

NBA All-Star Saturday NightTNT

2.8

2.8

2.8

2.1

2.7

2.6

17

American Idol (Wednesday)Fox

Criminal MindsCBS

2.7

2.7

2.2

1.8

19

Black-ishABC

The GoldbergsABC

Life in PiecesCBS

The BlacklistNBC

2.6

2.6

2.6

2.6

1.8

2.0

2.1

1.4

23

American Idol (Thursday)Fox

LuciferFox

Chicago FireNBC

2.5

2.5

2.5

2.1

1.7

1.8

Adults 18-49; ratings points