The NFL expanded its footprint to Saturday night last week, and the result was the day’s top cable show among adults 18-49 — though not total viewers.

NFL Network’s primetime telecast of the Jets-Dolphins game scored a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49, leading the rankings by a fairly comfortable margin. Its 4.39 million viewers, however, came second to Hallmark’s movie “My Christmas Love” (4.59 million).

TNT’s “Star Wars” acquisition continued to perform well, with showings of “The Empire Strikes Back” and “A New Hope” each drawing 0.7s and “Revenge of the Sith” a 0.6. College football bowl season got off to an inauspicious start with three games drawing 0.4s.

Top 100 cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016

Show Net Time Total Viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NFL FOOTBALL NFL NETWORK 8:27 PM 4,385 1.3
FAMILY GUY ADULT SWIM 11:30 PM 1,798 0.9
SATURDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 9:00 PM 2,388 0.8
FAMILY GUY ADULT SWIM 11:00 PM 1,630 0.8
TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 10:45 PM 1,720 0.7
SATURDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 6:50 PM 2,028 0.7
DRAGON BALL Z KAI ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 1,405 0.7
TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 8:00 PM 1,885 0.7
SATURDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 4:40 PM 1,675 0.6
HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 8:00 PM 4,594 0.6
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBS NETWORK 10:30 PM 1,931 0.6
TNF POST-GAME NFL NETWORK 11:31 PM 1,740 0.6
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBS NETWORK 10:00 PM 1,842 0.6
TNT SATURDAY MOVIES TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 4:54 PM 1,582 0.6
JOJOS BIZARRE ADVENTURE ADULT SWIM 12:30 AM 1,095 0.6
BOBS BURGERS ADULT SWIM 10:30 PM 1,291 0.6
TNF PRE-KICK NFL NETWORK 8:00 PM 1,928 0.5
BOBS BURGERS ADULT SWIM 10:00 PM 1,267 0.5
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBS NETWORK 9:00 PM 1,764 0.5
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBS NETWORK 9:30 PM 1,670 0.5
TNT SATURDAY MOVIES TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 1:45 PM 1,388 0.5
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 11:00 AM 2,062 0.5
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 11:30 AM 1,972 0.5
JOJOS BIZARRE ADVENTURE ADULT SWIM 1:00 AM 937 0.5
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBS NETWORK 8:30 PM 1,514 0.5
AMERICAN DAD ADULT SWIM 9:30 PM 1,178 0.5
HALLMARK MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 4:00 PM 2,442 0.5
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 10:30 AM 1,972 0.5
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 9:30 AM 1,905 0.5
HALLMARK MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 2:00 PM 2,300 0.5
SATURDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 2:35 PM 1,356 0.4
AMERICAN DAD ADULT SWIM 3:00 AM 885 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 10:00 AM 1,889 0.4
TNT SATURDAY MOVIES TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 10:48 AM 1,136 0.4
HUNTER X HUNTER ADULT SWIM 1:30 AM 824 0.4
FRIENDS NICK-AT-NITE 12:00 AM 1,166 0.4
HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 6:00 PM 2,544 0.4
MOVIE, USA USA NETWORK 8:00 PM 1,392 0.4
COPS (O) SPIKE TV 8:00 PM 1,358 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 9:00 AM 1,714 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 4:00 PM 1,691 0.4
CLEVELAND SHOW, THE ADULT SWIM 9:00 PM 978 0.4
NARUTO: SHIPPUDEN ADULT SWIM 2:00 AM 761 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 3:30 PM 1,543 0.4
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME L ESPN 9:05 PM 1,335 0.4
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME L ESPN 5:30 PM 1,483 0.4
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBS NETWORK 8:00 PM 1,257 0.4
FRIENDS NICK-AT-NITE 12:34 AM 1,076 0.4
SATURDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 10:30 AM 1,109 0.4
SATURDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 1:00 PM 1,109 0.4
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME L ESPN 2:09 PM 1,391 0.4
HALLMARK MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 10:00 PM 2,396 0.4
MOVIE, USA USA NETWORK 6:00 PM 1,364 0.4
ONE PIECE ADULT SWIM 2:30 AM 700 0.4
FIXER UPPER HOME AND GARDEN TV 12:00 PM 1,721 0.4
FRIENDS NICK-AT-NITE 11:30 PM 1,107 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 6:00 AM 867 0.4
FIXER UPPER HOME AND GARDEN TV 11:00 AM 1,693 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 4:57 AM 848 0.4
WCB: 12/17/16 HOPKINS/SMI HBO PRIME 11:54 PM 934 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 4:24 AM 821 0.4
FIXER UPPER HOME AND GARDEN TV 10:00 AM 1,459 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 5:30 AM 834 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 6:30 AM 813 0.4
THE A&E MOVIE A&E NETWORK 8:00 PM 1,325 0.4
HALLMARK MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 10:00 AM 1,810 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 11:01 AM 947 0.3
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 3:51 AM 782 0.3
LOUD HOUSE NICKELODEON 4:30 PM 1,573 0.3
MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DISNEY CHANNEL 8:30 AM 1,303 0.3
DR. SEUSS GRCH STOLE XMAS THE CARTOON NETWORK 12:00 PM 1,361 0.3
HALLMARK MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 12:00 PM 1,962 0.3
MICKEYS ONCE UPON A CHRIS DISNEY JUNIOR 9:50 AM 1,286 0.3
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR NICK-AT-NITE 2:12 AM 855 0.3
POWER RANGERS DINO SUPER NICKELODEON 12:00 PM 1,393 0.3
ELF ON THE SHELF THE CARTOON NETWORK 1:30 PM 1,283 0.3
FRIENDS NICK-AT-NITE 11:00 PM 1,043 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 3:00 PM 1,491 0.3
TSUM TSUM SHORTS DISNEY CHANNEL 8:55 AM 1,267 0.3
THE A&E MOVIE A&E NETWORK 12:03 AM 931 0.3
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR NICK-AT-NITE 2:45 AM 770 0.3
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 3:18 AM 754 0.3
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR NICK-AT-NITE 1:39 AM 874 0.3
YOUR PRETTY FACE/HELL ADULT SWIM 3:30 AM 679 0.3
WCB: 12/17/16 HOPKINS/SMI HBO PRIME 12:24 AM 835 0.3
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR NICK-AT-NITE 1:06 AM 877 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 9:00 AM 792 0.3
MICKEYS TWICE UPON A CHRI DISNEY JUNIOR 6:00 PM 1,139 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 1AM L ESPN 1:07 AM 801 0.3
RESTORED BY THE FORDS HOME AND GARDEN TV 1:00 PM 1,568 0.3
TBS MOVIE SATURDAY TBS NETWORK 2:00 PM 1,255 0.3
NCIS USA NETWORK 5:00 PM 1,916 0.3
COPS SPIKE TV 7:30 PM 1,148 0.3
48 HOURS ON ID INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY 11:00 AM 1,064 0.3
TBS SAT MORNING MOVIE TBS NETWORK 11:30 AM 997 0.3
KING OF THE HILL ADULT SWIM 8:30 PM 786 0.3
NCIS USA NETWORK 4:00 PM 1,794 0.3
SMURFS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL THE CARTOON NETWORK 1:00 PM 1,200 0.3
TEEN TITANS GO THE CARTOON NETWORK 11:00 AM 1,414 0.3
WCB: 12/17/16 HOPKINS/SMI HBO PRIME 11:34 PM 782 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.

blog comments powered by Disqus