Combined broadcast/cable weekly rankings, Aug. 29-Sept. 4: Football lifts both sides

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The combined rankings for the week of Aug. 29-Sept. 4 again lean more to the broadcast side, but college football gave a boost to both over-the-air and cable ratings.

ESPN’s Saturday prime-time game was the top cable show among adults 18-49, tying for seventh overall. Seven other shows also made the Top 25.

Three cable programs also cracked the viewer Top 25: “Hannity” (16th), “Rizzoli & Isles” (21st) and the aforementioned ESPN football telecast (24th).

Top 25 broadcast and cable series (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Aug. 29-Sept. 4, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – NOTRE DAME/TEXAS ABC Sun. 7:30 PM 3.3 4,233
2 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 2.6 3,360
3 SATURDAY NIGHT COLLEGE FB – USC/ALABAMA ABC Sat. 8:07 PM 2.5 3,201
4 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2.0 2,588
5 AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.9 2,447
BIG BROTHER CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 1.9 2,411
7 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – AUBURN/CLEMSON ESPN Sat. 9:21 PM 1.8 2,372
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME ABC Sat. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,308
9 BIG BROTHER CBS Thurs. 9:00 PM 1.6 2,091
BACHELOR IN PARADISE ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.6 2,061
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER NBC Tues. 10:00 PM 1.6 2,041
12 BACHELOR IN PARADISE ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,819
RUNNING WILD W/BEAR GRYLLS NBC Mon. 10:00 PM 1.4 1,775
MASTERCHEF FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 1.4 1,775
BIG BROTHER CBS Sun. 8:01 PM 1.4 1,757
16 MASTERCHEF FOX Weds. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,638
17 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,590
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – N. CAROLINA/GEORGIA ESPN Sat. 5:24 PM 1.2 1,551
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.2 1,548
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT – R NBC Weds. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,543
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,502
LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,502
23 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,474
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,466
25 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Sat. 12:37 AM 1.0 1,326
THE NIGHT SHIFT – F NBC Weds. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,305

 

Top 25 broadcast and cable series in viewers for Aug. 29-Sept. 4, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 12,282
2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – NOTRE DAME/TEXAS ABC Sun. 7:30 PM 10,945
3 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 10,503
4 SATURDAY NIGHT COLLEGE FB – USC/ALABAMA ABC Sat. 8:07 PM 7,944
5 NCIS – R CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 7,460
6 BETTER LATE THAN NEVER NBC Tues. 10:00 PM 7,327
7 60 MINUTES – R CBS Sun. 7:00 PM 7,323
8 AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 7,006
9 AMERICA GOT TALENT – R NBC Weds. 8:00 PM 6,461
10 BIG BROTHER CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 6,292
11 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREGAME ABC Sat. 8:00 PM 6,290
12 BACHELOR IN PARADISE ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 5,461
13 THE NIGHT SHIFT – F NBC Weds. 10:00 PM 5,427
14 BLUE BLOODS – R CBS Fri. 10:00 PM 5,419
15 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 5,272
16 HANNITY FNC Weds. 10:00 PM 5,243
17 HAWAII FIVE-0 – R CBS Fri. 9:00 PM 5,165
18 BIG BROTHER CBS Sun. 8:01 PM 5,150
19 BACHELOR IN PARADISE ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 5,039
20 BIG BROTHER CBS Thurs. 9:00 PM 4,978
21 RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT Mon. 9:00 PM 4,829
22 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – R CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 4,812
23 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – AUBURN/CLEMSON ESPN Sat. 9:21 PM 4,742
24 ZOO CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 4,675
25 MOM – R CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 4,670

All ratings are live + same-day. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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