Thirty-plus years after their release (and six days before the newest story in the franchise hits theaters), a pair of “Star Wars” movies on TNT topped Saturday’s cable rankings in adults 18-49.

A primetime showing of “Return of the Jedi” and the late-afternoon airing of “The Empire Strikes Back” each scored a 0.9 in adults 18-49. For good measure, “A New Hope” posted a 0.7 earlier in the day.

The top original programs Saturday were ESPN’s Heisman Trophy presentation (0.8) and the “30 for 30” documentary, “Catholics vs. Convicts,” that followed it (also 0.8). The 2.64 million people who watched the Heisman presentation is believed to be the smallest audience ever for the ceremony on ESPN.

Top 100 cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016

Show Net Time Total Viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 8:00 PM 2,747 0.9
TNT SATURDAY MOVIES TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 5:13 PM 2,393 0.9
ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY ESPN 9:10 PM 2,109 0.8
FAMILY GUY ADULT SWIM 11:30 PM 1,671 0.8
HEISMAN TROPHY L ESPN 8:00 PM 2,638 0.8
FAMILY GUY ADULT SWIM 11:00 PM 1,547 0.7
TNT SATURDAY MOVIES TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 2:28 PM 1,903 0.7
DRAGON BALL Z KAI ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 1,364 0.6
BOBS BURGERS ADULT SWIM 10:30 PM 1,327 0.6
TNT SATURDAY MOVIES TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 11:22 AM 1,373 0.6
HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 8:00 PM 3,703 0.5
SATURDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 5:45 PM 1,596 0.5
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 11:30 AM 2,211 0.5
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 11:00 AM 2,182 0.5
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 10:30 AM 2,256 0.5
SATURDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 7:50 PM 1,481 0.5
NCAA FOOTBALL L ESPN 12:00 PM 1,984 0.5
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 10:00 AM 2,110 0.5
BOBS BURGERS ADULT SWIM 10:00 PM 1,164 0.5
HALLMARK MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 10:00 PM 2,300 0.5
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 9:30 AM 1,975 0.4
HOW THE GRINCH STOLE XMAS TBS NETWORK 7:30 PM 1,195 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 3:00 PM 1,838 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 3:30 PM 1,779 0.4
HALLMARK MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 12:00 PM 1,890 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 4:00 PM 1,746 0.4
SATURDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 3:45 PM 1,312 0.4
HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 6:00 PM 2,186 0.4
JOJOS BIZARRE ADVENTURE ADULT SWIM 12:30 AM 897 0.4
LOUD HOUSE NICKELODEON 4:30 PM 1,588 0.4
HALLMARK MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 4:00 PM 2,210 0.4
AMERICAN DAD ADULT SWIM 9:30 PM 982 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 6:00 AM 895 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 9:00 AM 1,596 0.4
FRED CLAUS TBS NETWORK 3:00 PM 975 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 5:30 AM 887 0.4
MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM:I.B.O. ADULT SWIM 1:00 AM 859 0.4
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 824 0.4
COMEDY CENTRAL MOVIE COMEDY CENTRAL 10:00 PM 808 0.4
COMEDY CENTRAL MOVIE COMEDY CENTRAL 7:20 PM 868 0.4
SPORTSCENTER LATE L ESPN 11:10 PM 926 0.4
TNT SATURDAY MOVIES TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 8:15 AM 1,044 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 4:57 AM 855 0.4
LOUD HOUSE NICKELODEON 5:30 PM 1,544 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 6:30 AM 884 0.4
FLIP OR FLOP HOME AND GARDEN TV 4:30 PM 1,309 0.4
MOVIE DOWNLOAD FX 5:00 PM 818 0.4
HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 2:00 PM 1,980 0.4
HUNTER X HUNTER ADULT SWIM 1:30 AM 805 0.4
SATURDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 10:20 PM 1,065 0.4
HALLMARK MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 10:00 AM 1,473 0.4
MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDIN 2 HBO PRIME 8:00 PM 1,109 0.4
COPS (O) SPIKE TV 8:00 PM 1,254 0.4
FLIP OR FLOP HOME AND GARDEN TV 4:00 PM 1,311 0.4
POWER RANGERS DINO SUPER NICKELODEON 12:00 PM 1,692 0.4
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 11:00 AM 962 0.4
BOBS BURGERS ADULT SWIM 4:30 AM 772 0.4
FLIP OR FLOP HOME AND GARDEN TV 5:00 PM 1,299 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 2:30 PM 1,574 0.3
LEGO FROZEN NORTHERN LIGH DISNEY CHANNEL 9:00 AM 1,518 0.3
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 3:51 AM 843 0.3
TBS MOVIE SATURDAY TBS NETWORK 12:00 PM 971 0.3
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 10:30 PM 705 0.3
LOUD HOUSE NICKELODEON 5:00 PM 1,448 0.3
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 4:24 AM 847 0.3
BOBS BURGERS ADULT SWIM 4:00 AM 740 0.3
FLIP OR FLOP HOME AND GARDEN TV 5:30 PM 1,256 0.3
KING OF THE HILL ADULT SWIM 5:30 AM 726 0.3
KING OF THE HILL ADULT SWIM 5:00 AM 753 0.3
HENRY DANGER NICKELODEON 6:00 PM 1,493 0.3
FLIP OR FLOP HOME AND GARDEN TV 3:00 PM 1,281 0.3
HOLIDAY BAKING CHAMPION FOOD NETWORK 10:00 PM 1,232 0.3
FRIENDS NICK-AT-NITE 12:00 AM 1,030 0.3
FLIP OR FLOP HOME AND GARDEN TV 3:30 PM 1,273 0.3
MOVIE, USA USA NETWORK 8:00 PM 1,633 0.3
CLEVELAND SHOW, THE ADULT SWIM 9:00 PM 812 0.3
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 3:18 AM 769 0.3
SPORTSCENTER EARLY L ESPN 7:08 PM 952 0.3
WCB: 12/10/16 CRAWFORD/MO HBO PRIME 11:22 PM 806 0.3
FLIP OR FLOP HOME AND GARDEN TV 1:30 PM 1,307 0.3
WHISKER HAVEN TALES DISNEY CHANNEL 8:55 AM 1,448 0.3
MICKEYS TWICE UPON A CHRI DISNEY JUNIOR 9:20 AM 1,257 0.3
HOLIDAY BAKING CHAMPION FOOD NETWORK 9:00 PM 1,256 0.3
FRED CLAUS TBS NETWORK 8:30 PM 796 0.3
NARUTO: SHIPPUDEN ADULT SWIM 2:00 AM 727 0.3
MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DISNEY CHANNEL 8:30 AM 1,387 0.3
FLIP OR FLOP HOME AND GARDEN TV 6:30 PM 1,138 0.3
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN L ESPN 3:13 PM 1,043 0.3
MOVIES WE LOVE E! 9:33 PM 819 0.3
COLLEGE GAMEDAY L ESPN 9:00 AM 882 0.3
BROTHERS TAKE NEW ORLEANS HOME AND GARDEN TV 9:00 PM 1,530 0.3
FLIP OR FLOP HOME AND GARDEN TV 2:00 PM 1,212 0.3
LEGO FROZEN NORTHERN LIGH DISNEY JUNIOR 10:30 AM 1,218 0.3
LOUD HOUSE NICKELODEON 12:30 PM 1,515 0.3
HOLIDAY BAKING CHAMPION FOOD NETWORK 11:00 PM 1,128 0.3
HENRY DANGER NICKELODEON 6:30 PM 1,414 0.3
BROTHERS TAKE NEW ORLEANS HOME AND GARDEN TV 7:00 PM 1,204 0.3
COPS SPIKE TV 9:30 PM 1,076 0.3
YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY 10:00 PM 1,154 0.3
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBS NETWORK 2:30 PM 967 0.3

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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