The Charts: The Walking Dead Tops All of the Charts, but The Last Man on Earth Falls Out

By | March 12, 2015

the-walking-dead-castAnybody who thought that The Walking Dead‘s glory days were behind it when it took a fall in the ratings after its mid-season premiere can think again.  Not only have its numbers gone back up, but it continues to dominate on television.  That show improved to the Number 1 spot in the Nielsen Twitter Ratings for this past week (after a solid run in the Top 5) and it was at Number 1 (like usual) on the cable chart based on total viewers and Number 1 (like usual) on the General Sentiment chart which tracks social network activity relating to the live broadcast.  In addition, if you were to combine the broadcast network and cable charts based on the ratings in the 18-49 demographic, The Walking Dead would top (by a good margin) that as well.  So there’s now slowing down for this one just yet (and the spin-off is on the way this Summer).

As for the other charts, The Last Man on Earth fell out of the broadcast net Top 25 based on the ratings with its second episode, but not too far out as it probably landed at about the 26th or 27th slot.  Person of Interest was running a repeat, so it disappeared from the broadcast net total viewers chart.  And its totals were down this week, so it may not make it back when the current numbers are tallied next week.  The General Sentiment chart for the broadcast nets was rather slim on genre entries largely because most of The CW’s shows (which typically perform well there) were in repeats.  Agents of SHIELD did manage to register there with its return from its long hiatus, though.  And The Last Man on Earth dropped out of that chart also for its second episode after ranking in the lowers rungs last week with its premiere.

Here is the full look at chart activity for genre shows for the week of March 2nd thru March 8th:

Nielsen Twitter Rankings
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment
The Walking Dead AMC 1 2 Up
Broadcast Networks Top 25 – Ratings 18-49
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment Rating Prior Week
Once Upon A Time ABC 21 18 Down 2.1 2.2
Gotham FOX 24 14 Down 2.0 2.3
Broadcast Networks Top 25 – Total Viewers
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment Viewers (MM) Prior Week
No Genre Entries
Cable Networks Top 25 – Total Viewers
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment Viewers (MM) Prior Week
The Walking Dead AMC 1 1 Same 14.5 14.4
The Talking Dead AMC 2 2 Same 5.7 5.6
General Sentiment – Broadcast Networks Top 25
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment
Agents of SHIELD ABC 8 n/a Up
The 100 CW 9 13 Up
Once Upon A Time ABC 11 8 Down
Gotham FOX 15 16 Up
General Sentiment – Cable Channels Top 25
Series Network Rank Prior Week Move -ment
The Walking Dead AMC 1 1 Same
The Talking Dead AMC 9 9 Same

Nielsen Twitter Ratings ranked based on the Unique Audience – The total number of distinct Twitter accounts accruing at least one impression of one or more different Tweets ascribed to a TV episode.  More info at this link.

General Sentiment tracks activity across the social networks for shows airing new episodes in Prime Time (start times between 8:00 PM and 10:55 PM EST Monday – Saturday and 7:00 PM and 10:55 PM EST on Sunday).  This data collected on seven (7) major broadcast networks and 43 cable television networks.  More info at this link.

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