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‘The Walking Dead’ Beats the Final Week of the Winter Olympics, As Carl Winds Up on Ice — Ratings Watch

Zombies beat curling, while "The Bachelor" soars and "Celebrity Big Brother" ends strong. Live+3 TV ratings charts for the week ending Feb. 25, 2018.

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes - The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 9 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

“The Walking Dead”

Gene Page/AMC

First, the bad news: “The Walking Dead” is in ratings decline. It’s a fact of life for aging shows, and the zombie drama is now in its eighth season. The second half of the season premiered on Sunday, February 25 with a 5.1 rating among adults 18-49 in Live + 3 data — down dramatically from last year’s winter premiere, which averaged a 7.7 rating on Feb. 12, 2017.

That episode last year averaged 15.9 million viewers after three days of DVR and VOD use, compared to 11.3 million this year. That’s a sharp decline.

But make no mistake, “The Walking Dead” is still a formidable player for AMC. The show was the No. 1 program of the week in the demo, beating NBC’s Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony in head-to-head competition, but actually beating every night of the Winter Games in its final week. Companion series “Talking Dead” and an extended repeat of the fall finale, with additional footage, also made the week’s Top 25 ranker.

Reality TV once again ruled much of the week, with “Celebrity Big Brother” and “The Bachelor” taking up a number of spots. Also making it on the ranker: Univision’s “Primero Lo Nuestro.”

Meanwhile, on Xfinity’s ranker of top video on-demand shows last week, freshman dramas “The Chi” and “The Alienist” continue their climb, while newcomers include BET’s “The Death Row Chronicles.”

Here are this week’s rankers:

Adults 18-49 ranker, week ending Feb. 25, 2018:

RANK

SHOW & NETWORK

LIVE+3
DAYS
DVR/VOD

RATING

WATCHED
LIVE/
SAME
DAY

RATING

1

The Walking Dead AMC 

5.1

3.6

2

Winter Olympics Tuesday Prime NBC

4.1

4.0

3

Winter Olympics Monday Prime NBC

 3.9

3.8

4

Winter Olympics Thursday Prime NBC

3.6

3.5

5

Winter Olympics Wednesday Prime NBC

3.4

3.3

6

Winter Olympics Closing Ceremonies NBC

3.1

3.0

7

Winter Olympics Friday Prime NBC

3.0

2.9

8

The Bachelor ABC

2.1

1.7

9

Talking Dead AMC

1.8

1.5

tie

Celebrity Big Brother Wednesday CBS 

1.8

1.4

11

Celebrity Big Brother Sunday CBS

1.7

1.4

12

The Bachelor: Women Tell All ABC

1.6

1.0

tie

Celebrity Big Brother Monday CBS

1.6

1.3

tie

Celebrity Big Brother Friday CBS

1.6

1.1

tie

A.P. Bio NBC

1.6

1.4

16

The Walking Dead (Extended Fall Finale) AMC

1.4

1.3

tie

The Big Bang Theory CBS

1.4

1.3

18

WWE Raw USA

1.3

1.1

tie

Real Housewives of Atlanta Bravo

1.3

0.9

tie

The Amazing Race CBS

1.3

0.9

tie

Young Sheldon CBS

1.3

1.2

tie

Teen Mom MTV

1.3

0.7

tie

PyeongChang Gold NBC

1.3

1.3

tie

Premio Lo Nuestro (Thursday) Univision

1.3

1.2

tie

Love and Hip Hop 8 VH1

1.3

1.0

Adults 18-49; ratings points. Source: Nielsen Media Research
United States celebrates winning the women's gold medal hockey game against Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South KoreaPyeongchang Olympics Ice Hockey Women, Gangneung, South Korea - 22 Feb 2018

United States celebrates winning the women’s gold medal hockey game against Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Jae C. Hong/AP/REX/Shutterstock

Total viewers ranker, week ending Feb. 25, 2018:

RANK

SHOW & NETWORK

LIVE+3
DAYS
DVR/VOD

WATCHED
LIVE/
SAME
DAY

1

Winter Olympics Tuesday Prime NBC

17.93

17.53

2

Winter Olympics Monday Prime NBC

16.91

16.37

3

Winter Olympics Thursday Prime NBC 

 15.83

15.25

4

Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony NBC

15.15

14.79

5

Winter Olympics Wednesday Prime NBC 

 14.47

14.17

6

Winter Olympics Friday Prime NBC

13.30

12.90

7

The Walking Dead AMC

11.27

8.30

8

60 Minutes CBS

8.67

8.33

9

The Big Bang Theory 8 p.m. CBS

8.24

7.91

10

NCIS CBS

7.53

7.20

11

The Bachelor ABS

7.42

6.29

12

Young Sheldon CBS

7.34

7.04

13

PyeongChang Gold NBC 

7.05

6.98

 14

The Big Bang Theory 9 p.m. CBS

6.78

6.36

15

Celebrity Big Brother Wednesday CBS

6.53

5.54

16

A.P. Bio NBC

6.48

5.89

17

Celebrity Big Brother Monday CBS

6.12

5.11

18

Celebrity Big Brother Sunday CBS

6.08

5.22

19

The Amazing Race CBS

6.02

4.35

20

Celebrity Big Brother Friday CBS

5.95

4.65

21

Bull CBS

5.80

5.48

22

NCIS: New Orleans CBS 

5.68

5.31

23

The Bachelor: Women Tell All ABC 

5.53

4.27

24

America’s Funniest Home Videos ABC 

5.36

5.28

25

Mom CBS

5.14

4.88

Total viewers; in millions. Source: Nielsen Media Research

“Celebrity Big Brother”

CBS

Here is this week’s Xfinity On Demand ranker:

Top 20 TV Series, Feb. 19-25, 2018:

RANK

SHOW

NETWORK

1

This Is Us

NBC

2

Game of Thrones

HBO

3

Homeland

 Showtime

4

Celebrity Big Brother

CBS

5

The Bachelor Winter Games

 ABC

6

The Simpsons

Fox

7

The Chi

 Showtime

8

The Alienist

TNT

9

9-1-1

Fox

10

Divorce

HBO

11

The Good Doctor

ABC

12

Shameless

Showtime

13

The Bachelor

ABC

14

Married at First Sight

Lifetime

15

Family Guy

Adult Swim

16

Teen Mom O.G.

MTV

17

 Keeping Up with the Kardashians

E!

18

The Death Row Chronicles

BET

19

Counterpart

Starz

20

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

FX

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