Football, both college and professional, dominated Saturday’s cable ratings.

An afternoon NFL game on the NFL Network, three college bowl games and related programming took six of the top seven spots in the adults 18-49 ratings. The NFL game (Colts-Ravens) led the way with a 1.5 rating in the demographic. The Armed Forces Bowl (Army-San Diego State) and the Birmingham Bowl (Texas Tech-South Florida) each scored a 0.7.

The only non-football show in the top seven was Hallmark’s movie “Christmas Getaway,” which also drew a 0.7 in adults 18-49.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NFL FOOTBALL NFL NETWORK 4:31 PM 5,395 1.5
NFL POSTGAME NFL NETWORK 7:29 PM 2,856 0.9
ARMED FORCES BOWL ESPN 3:57 PM 3,485 0.7
BIRMINGHAM BOWL ESPN 12:00 PM 3,397 0.7
CHRISTMAS GETAWAY HALLMARK 8:00 PM 4,378 0.7
NFL PRE-KICK NFL NETWORK 4:00 PM 1,559 0.5
DOLLAR GENERAL BOWL ESPN 7:00 PM 1,770 0.4
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 11:00 AM 933 0.3
YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE ID 10:00 PM 1,058 0.3
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 12:00 AM 672 0.2
PIONEER WOMAN FOOD 10:00 AM 1,157 0.2
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 10:00 AM 693 0.2
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 9:00 AM 581 0.2
NFL SHOWCASE NFL NETWORK 3:30 PM 718 0.2
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 8:00 AM 528 0.2
BLENDED COMEDY CENTRAL 10:00 PM 530 0.2
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 1:00 AM 529 0.2
THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE HBO 8:00 PM 985 0.2
GHOST ADVENTURES POP-UPS TRAVEL 9:00 PM 474 0.2
FOX & FRIENDS SATURDAY FOX NEWS 9:00 AM 1,872 0.2
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 2:00 AM 480 0.2
NFL MATCH-UP ESPN 3:00 AM 432 0.2
BAKED IN VERMONT FOOD 12:30 PM 811 0.2
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 10:16 PM 536 0.2
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 7:00 AM 406 0.2

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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