The second presidential debate dominated Sunday’s cable ratings, with coverage and related programming on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC taking up the first eight spots in the adults 18-49 rankings.

The top entertainment shows for the day were “Basketball Wives LA” on VH1 and “Westworld” on HBO. Both posted 0.7 ratings among adults 18-49, and both were down a tenth of a point from the previous week. (The “Westworld” episode was also available for streaming a couple days prior to its on-air premiere.) Showtime’s “Shameless” (0.4) also fell a tenth vs. the previous week.

HBO’s new comedies “Divorce” and “Insecure” had quiet starts. Each drew a 0.1 in adults 18-49 for their initial airings; “Divorce” had 570,000 viewers, “Insecure” 371,000.

Top 100 cable programs among adults 18-49 for Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016

Show Net Time Total Viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
2ND PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE CNN 9:03 PM 11,356 4.0
DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 10:37 PM 7,054 2.1
PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE FOX NEWS CHANNEL 9:03 PM 9,938 1.9
PRES DEBATE/ANALYSIS FOX NEWS CHANNEL 10:37 PM 8,593 1.7
DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 8:00 PM 4,519 1.3
DEBATE MSNBC 9:04 PM 5,575 1.2
KELLY FILE, THE FOX NEWS CHANNEL 11:00 PM 5,177 1.0
DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 12:00 AM 3,169 0.9
BASKETBALL WIVES LA 5 VH1 8:00 PM 1,608 0.7
FAMILY GUY ADULT SWIM 10:30 PM 1,567 0.7
MSNBC DEBATE ANALYSIS MSNBC 10:37 PM 3,409 0.7
NFL COUNTDOWN L ESPN 11:00 AM 1,519 0.7
WESTWORLD HBO PRIME 9:01 PM 1,496 0.7
FAMILY GUY ADULT SWIM 10:00 PM 1,423 0.6
HANNITY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 12:00 AM 3,192 0.6
ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT CNN 7:00 PM 2,350 0.6
MLB DIVISION SERIES TBS NETWORK 7:30 PM 2,121 0.6
NFL INSIDERS: SUNDAY L ESPN 10:00 AM 1,253 0.6
RICK & MORTY ADULT SWIM 11:00 PM 1,214 0.5
THE OREILLY FACTOR FOX NEWS CHANNEL 8:00 PM 3,546 0.5
ROB & CHYNA E! 9:00 PM 1,042 0.5
AMERICAN DAD ADULT SWIM 9:30 PM 1,126 0.5
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRAVO 8:00 PM 1,373 0.5
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 10:00 AM 1,643 0.5
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 10:30 AM 1,651 0.5
SUNDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 7:00 PM 990 0.5
HALLOWEEN WARS 6 FOOD NETWORK 9:00 PM 1,359 0.5
SHAMELESS S7 SHOWTIME PRIME 9:03 PM 1,105 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 11:00 AM 1,641 0.4
LAST WEEK TONIGHT HBO PRIME 11:04 PM 1,079 0.4
YOUR PRETTY FACE/HELL ADULT SWIM 11:30 PM 955 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 9:30 AM 1,435 0.4
FRIENDS NICK-AT-NITE 11:30 PM 1,062 0.4
90 DAY FIANCE TLC 8:00 PM 1,168 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 8:00 PM 1,157 0.4
FIXER UPPER HOME AND GARDEN TV 7:00 PM 1,520 0.4
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND-AM L ESPN 9:00 AM 877 0.4
MONSTERS UNIVERSITY DISNEY CHANNEL 6:10 PM 1,500 0.4
BOBS BURGERS ADULT SWIM 9:00 PM 913 0.4
FAMILY GUY ADULT SWIM 2:00 AM 774 0.4
FRIENDS NICK-AT-NITE 12:00 AM 912 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 4:30 PM 1,540 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 11:30 AM 1,521 0.4
SPORTSCENTER MORNING L ESPN 2:04 AM 879 0.4
MSNBC DEBATE PREVIEW MSNBC 7:00 PM 2,259 0.4
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 7:00 PM 1,143 0.4
SQUIDBILLIES ADULT SWIM 11:45 PM 841 0.4
FIXER UPPER HOME AND GARDEN TV 6:00 PM 1,411 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 11:00 PM 1,088 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 4:00 PM 1,599 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 7:00 PM 1,118 0.4
STRAIN FX 10:00 PM 815 0.4
SUNDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 9:45 PM 920 0.4
2ND PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE CNN 1:00 AM 1,365 0.4
FRIENDS NICK-AT-NITE 11:00 PM 938 0.4
FRIENDS NICK-AT-NITE 12:33 AM 847 0.4
AMERICAN DAD ADULT SWIM 1:30 AM 726 0.4
SITUATION ROOM CNN 6:00 PM 1,494 0.3
BOBS BURGERS ADULT SWIM 12:30 AM 769 0.3
MLB NL DIVISION SERIES L FOX SPORTS 1 1:00 PM 1,242 0.3
HAWAII LIFE HOME AND GARDEN TV 8:30 PM 1,308 0.3
LOUD HOUSE NICKELODEON 12:00 PM 1,442 0.3
BOBS BURGERS ADULT SWIM 1:00 AM 732 0.3
90 DAY FIANCE: HAPPILY EV TLC 9:00 PM 910 0.3
FAMILY GUY ADULT SWIM 2:30 AM 720 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 1AM L ESPN 12:30 AM 697 0.3
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 5:30 AM 902 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 9:00 AM 1,257 0.3
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 6:30 AM 821 0.3
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 4:57 AM 895 0.3
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 6:00 AM 841 0.3
48 HOURS ON ID INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY 12:00 AM 1,011 0.3
MSNBC DEBATE ANALYSIS MSNBC 1:00 AM 1,631 0.3
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 4:24 AM 858 0.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 5:00 PM 1,076 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 2:30 PM 1,365 0.3
FIXER UPPER HOME AND GARDEN TV 5:00 PM 1,339 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 3:00 PM 1,465 0.3
GUYS GROCERY GAMES FOOD NETWORK 8:00 PM 1,136 0.3
WORST BAKERS IN AMERICA FOOD NETWORK 10:00 PM 917 0.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 1:00 PM 929 0.3
TBS MOVIE SUNDAY TBS NETWORK 1:00 PM 1,019 0.3
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR NICK-AT-NITE 1:06 AM 712 0.3
TBS SUNDAY MORNING MOVIE TBS NETWORK 11:00 AM 902 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 3:30 PM 1,417 0.3
ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER DISCOVERY CHANNEL 9:00 PM 1,357 0.3
HAWAII LIFE HOME AND GARDEN TV 8:00 PM 1,269 0.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 12:00 PM 921 0.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 10:00 PM 944 0.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 6:00 PM 932 0.3
CHESAPEAKE SHORES HALLMARK CHANNEL 9:00 PM 1,718 0.3
LOUD HOUSE NICKELODEON 12:30 PM 1,419 0.3
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR NICK-AT-NITE 1:39 AM 654 0.3
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 3:51 AM 759 0.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 12:00 AM 917 0.3
MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 685 0.3
MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES ADULT SWIM 12:15 AM 683 0.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 9:00 PM 913 0.3
SUNDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 4:45 PM 644 0.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA NETWORK 2:00 PM 926 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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