Per usual for a fall Saturday, ESPN dominated the top of the cable ratings with its college football coverage. The day’s top original show was a primetime game between Alabama and Ole Miss, which delivered 3.03 million viewers and a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49.

Two more games, “College GameDay” and a post-game “Sportscenter” rounded out the top 5. The highest-rated non-football show was a new “SpongeBob SquarePants” on Nick, which drew a 0.5 (even with last week) in adults 18-49 and 2.07 million viewers (up from 1.92 million a week earlier). Hallmark’s movie “Harvest Love” was the most-watched non-sports program with 2.72 million viewers.

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

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME ESPN 9:09 PM 3,028 1.0
COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT ESPN 12:01 PM 2,815 0.9
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME ESPN 5:54 PM 2,383 0.8
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN 9:00 AM 1,498 0.6
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 12:24 AM 1,288 0.5
SPONGEBOB NICK 10:00 AM 2,065 0.5
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 1:30 AM 929 0.4
WHY HIM HBO 8:00 PM 1,254 0.4
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 2:00 AM 766 0.4
DRAGON BALL Z KAI/FINAL ADULT SWIM 11:30 PM 779 0.4
ESPN GOAL LINE ESPN 3:30 PM 988 0.4
DRAGON BALL SUPER ADULT SWIM 8:30 PM 768 0.3
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME ESPN2 10:30 PM 1,039 0.3
HENRY DANGER NICK 8:00 PM 1,613 0.3
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME ESPNU 7:00 PM 856 0.3
HARVEST LOVE HALLMARK 9:00 PM 2,721 0.3
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD ESPN 3:00 AM 568 0.3
TOKYO GHOUL ADULT SWIM 12:30 AM 603 0.3
JOJO’S ADV STARDUST CRU ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 613 0.3
GAME SHAKERS NICK 8:30 PM 1,346 0.3
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD ESPN 5:00 AM 705 0.3
LAKEFRONT BARGAIN HUNT RENO HGTV 9:00 PM 1,174 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS RENOVATION HGTV 10:00 PM 1,223 0.3
FOX & FRIENDS SATURDAY FOX NEWS 9:00 AM 1,920 0.3
LUPIN THE 3RD: PART 4 ADULT SWIM 1:30 AM 522 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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