A pair of NFL games, and associated programming, dominated Saturday’s cable ratings.

The NFL Network captured the top six spots in the adults 18-49 rankings. A primetime game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers led the way with a 2.1 rating and just under 7 million total viewers.

Hallmark’s movie “Christmas Next Door” drew a 0.7 and 4.42 million viewers, on par with the previous week’s 0.7 and 4.57 million. “Live PD” (0.5) fell by two tenths of a point for A&E.

ESPN’s college football bowl season got off to a modest start, with three games averaging a 0.3 and 1.24 million viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NFL FOOTBALL NFL NETWORK 8:30 PM 6,993 2.1
NFL FOOTBALL NFL NETWORK 4:31 PM 5,177 1.5
NFL POSTGAME NFL NETWORK 7:37 PM 4,546 1.5
NFL PRE-KICK NFL NETWORK 8:00 PM 4,549 1.4
NFL GAMEDAY KICKOFF NFL NETWORK 7:48 PM 4,225 1.4
NFL POSTGAME NFL NETWORK 11:42 PM 2,519 1.0
CHRISTMAS NEXT DOOR HALLMARK 8:00 PM 4,418 0.7
DRAGON BALL SUPER ADULT SWIM 10:30 PM 1,236 0.5
LIVE PD: 84 A&E 9:00 PM 1,911 0.5
NFL TOTAL ACCESS NFL NETWORK 12:07 AM 1,253 0.5
DRAGON BALL Z KAI/FINAL ADULT SWIM 11:00 PM 1,103 0.5
NFL PRE-KICK NFL NETWORK 4:00 PM 1,546 0.4
CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS FREEFORM 11:55 PM 868 0.4
BLACK CLOVER ADULT SWIM 11:30 PM 836 0.4
NEW ORLEANS BOWL ESPN 1:00 PM 1,327 0.4
CAMELLIA BOWL ESPN 8:26 PM 1,187 0.3
NEW MEXICO BOWL ESPN 4:51 PM 1,212 0.3
WOMEN’S COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT ESPN2 9:45 PM 1,009 0.3
JOJO’S ADV STARDUST CRU ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 617 0.3
GOING IN STYLE HBO 8:00 PM 1,272 0.3
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 12:07 AM 734 0.3
GHOST ADVENTURES TRAVEL 9:00 PM 684 0.3
YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE ID 10:00 PM 1,096 0.3
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 1:00 AM 639 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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