Cable weekly Top 25: ‘Monday Night Football’ & ‘American Horror Story’ lead the way for Sept. 12-18

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The returns of “Monday Night Football” and “American Horror Story” gave the cable ratings a boost in the week of Sept. 12-18.

The season-opening “MNF” doubleheader claimed No. 1 and 2 spots in both adults 18-49 and viewers, with the early game (Pittsburgh-Washington) leading the way with a 4.8 rating in the demographic and 12.96 million viewers.

The premiere of “American Horror Story: Roanoke” drew a 2.8 and 5.14 million viewers, which was down from last year’s “Hotel” debut (3.0, 5.81 million) but was far and away the top non-sports program in adults 18-49. It beat “Fear the Walking Dead” (1.6) by 1.2 points — a gap almost big enough to fit the premiere of “South Park” (1.3) on Comedy Central.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49  for Sept. 12-18, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – STEELERS/REDSKINS ESPN Mon. 6:55 PM 4.8 6,112
2 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – RAMS/49ERS ESPN Mon. 10:12 PM 4.2 5,383
3 AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ROANOKE – P FX Weds. 10:00 PM 2.8 3,572
4 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 1.6 1,993
5 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – JETS/BILLS NFLN Thurs. 8:27 PM 1.5 1,868
6 SOUTH PARK – P COM Weds. 10:00 PM 1.3 1,691
7 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 1:28 AM 1.2 1,577
8 LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,293
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – TEXAS/CAL ESPN Sat. 10:55 PM 1.0 1,227
10 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,217
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,192
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:30 PM 0.9 1,178
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,166
POWER STARZ Sun. 9:02 PM 0.9 1,157
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:00 PM 0.9 1,135
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,109
FAMILY GUY ADSM Tues. 11:00 PM 0.9 1,094
18 FAMILY GUY ADSM Tues. 11:30 PM 0.8 1,087
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 10:00 PM 0.8 1,054
IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG OWN Tues. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,026
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 10:30 PM 0.8 1,026
FAMILY GUY ADSM Mon. 10:30 PM 0.8 1,024
NFL COUNTDOWN ESPN Sun. 11:00 AM 0.8 992
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN Sat. 9:00 AM 0.8 991
TEEN MOM MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 975
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 9:30 PM 0.8 970
SOUTH PARK COM Weds. 9:30 PM 0.8 966

 

Top 25 cable shows in viewers for Sept. 12-18, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – STEELERS/REDSKINS ESPN Mon. 6:55 PM 12,961
2 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – RAMS/49ERS ESPN Mon. 10:12 PM 10,252
3 AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ROANOKE – P FX Weds. 10:00 PM 5,137
4 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 3,664
5 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 3,616
6 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – JETS/BILLS NFLN Thurs. 8:27 PM 3,388
7 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 3,362
8 MAJOR CRIMES TNT Mon. 10:00 PM 3,289
9 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 3,278
10 THE KELLY FILE FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,271
11 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,228
12 THE KELLY FILE FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,021
13 THE KELLY FILE FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,993
14 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Fri. 8:00 PM 2,953
15 IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG OWN Tues. 9:00 PM 2,941
16 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 2,833
17 THE KELLY FILE FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,769
18 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,717
19 NASCAR SPRINT CUP – CHICAGOLAND NBCSN Sun. 2:55 PM 2,691
20 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 2,658
21 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 1:28 AM 2,649
22 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Mon. 6:00 PM 2,616
23 MOUNTAIN MEN HIST Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,586
24 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Tues. 6:00 PM 2,567
25 THE FIVE FNC Mon. 5:00 PM 2,557

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

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