Thanksgiving was, not surprisingly, a pretty quiet day for originals on cable and dominated by sports programming. Game telecasts and studio shows occupy more than half of the top 25.

A college football game (Mississippi vs. Mississippi State) on ESPN scored the top adults 18-49 rating of the day at 0.7. Hallmark’s movie “The Mistletoe Inn” finished second in the demo at 0.5 and had the day’s biggest total audience with 3.45 million viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME ESPN 7:24 PM 2,468 0.7
THE MISTLETOE INN HALLMARK 8:00 PM 3,446 0.5
LIGA MX QF UNIVISION DEPORTES 8:00 PM 879 0.4
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST USA 10:00 PM 1,148 0.4
LIGA MX QF UNIVISION DEPORTES 10:28 PM 762 0.4
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 11:14 PM 967 0.4
FIRST TAKE ESPN 10:00 AM 694 0.3
COLLEGE BASKETBALL ESPN 11:47 PM 650 0.3
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 8:00 AM 609 0.3
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 9:00 AM 642 0.3
ANNIE NICK AT NITE 8:00 PM 1,115 0.3
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 1:55 AM 462 0.2
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 12:00 PM 574 0.2
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 7:00 AM 457 0.2
THE CROMARTIES USA 10:31 PM 609 0.2
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1,155 0.2
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 11:30 PM 1,043 0.2
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 11:00 PM 1,033 0.2
COLLEGE BASKETBALL ESPN 4:37 PM 700 0.2
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 10:30 PM 1,095 0.2
FOX AND FRIENDS FOX NEWS 8:00 AM 1,623 0.2
COLLEGE BASKETBALL ESPN 2:45 PM 594 0.2
BEAT BOBBY FLAY FOOD 10:00 PM 652 0.2
COLLEGE BASKETBALL ESPN 12:30 PM 471 0.2
AMERICA’S NEWSROOM FOX NEWS 9:00 AM 1,648 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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