Saturday cable ratings: Orange Bowl and ESPN dominate

The final Saturday of 2017 on cable TV belonged to ESPN, which had the top 9 original shows among adults 18-49.

The channel’s coverage of the Orange Bowl (Wisconsin vs. Miami) led the way with a 3.1 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 11.73 million viewers. The Fiesta Bowl (Penn State-Washington) (2.5, 10.17 million) was a strong second, and various studio shows, “SportsCenter” and the Taxslayer Bowl (Louisville-Mississippi State) filling out the top of the chart.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
ORANGE BOWL ESPN 8:11 PM 11,727 3.1
FIESTA BOWL ESPN 4:11 PM 10,167 2.5
COLLEGE FOOTBALL STUDIO ESPN 8:00 PM 9,463 2.5
COLLEGE FOOTBALL STUDIO ESPN 7:42 PM 8,600 2.3
COLLEGE FOOTBALL STUDIO ESPN 11:38 PM 6,313 2.0
COLLEGE FOOTBALL STUDIO ESPN 4:01 PM 6,409 1.5
COLLEGE FOOTBALL STUDIO ESPN 3:50 PM 4,895 1.2
TAXSLAYER BOWL ESPN 12:00 PM 4,424 1.1
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 11:48 PM 2,768 1.0
HALLMARK ORIGINAL MOVIE HALLMARK 8:00 PM 3,907 0.5
KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD HBO 8:00 PM 1,520 0.4
UFC 219 PRELIMS FS1 8:00 PM 914 0.3
CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVE ESPN 9:00 AM 1,025 0.3
THE KITCHEN AT FN FOOD 11:00 AM 1,325 0.3
PIONEER WOMAN FOOD 10:00 AM 1,379 0.3
YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE ID 10:00 PM 1,048 0.3
WINTERFEST PREVIEW HALLMARK 10:00 PM 2,347 0.3
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 8:00 AM 687 0.3
MOVIE: WEB CAM GIRLS LIFETIME 8:00 PM 839 0.2
EAT SLEEP BBQ FOOD 9:00 PM 646 0.2
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 7:00 AM 511 0.2
PREMIER LEAGUE NBCSN 9:56 AM 498 0.2
BAKED IN VERMONT FOOD 12:30 PM 977 0.2
COLLEGE BASKETBALL ESPN2 12:00 PM 631 0.2
CAVUTO ON BUSINESS FOX NEWS 10:30 AM 1623 0.2

Source: The Nielsen Company.