As it did on the broadcast side of the ledger, college football topped the cable ratings for the week of Aug. 28.

A Thursday night game between Ohio State and Indiana on ESPN led the week in both adults 18-49 (1.9 rating) and total viewers (5.14 million).

Behind the football game, “WWE Monday Night Raw” took up the next three spots in the 18-49 demographic and three of the next four spots in viewers, interrupted by Wednesday’s “Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating
18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – OHIO ST./INDIANA ESPN Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.9 2,482
2 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,509
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.2 1,504
4 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,481
LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,398
6 POWER – F STARZ Sun. 9:01 PM 0.9 1,163
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN Sat. 9:00 AM 0.9 1,101
8 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM Weds. 10:30 PM 0.8 995
FAMILY GUY ADSM Sun. 10:30 PM 0.8 988
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 987
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 9:30 PM 0.8 980
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Tues. 10:00 PM 0.8 968
RICK & MORTY ADSM Sun. 11:30 PM 0.8 968
14 RICK & MORTY ADSM Sun. 11:00 PM 0.7 959
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 10:00 PM 0.7 950
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:00 PM 0.7 946
FAMILY GUY ADSM Thurs. 11:30 PM 0.7 936
RICK & MORTY ADSM Sun. 12:00 AM 0.7 933
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 9:00 PM 0.7 932
THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN Tues. 9:00 PM 0.7 928
FAMILY GUY ADSM Mon. 11:30 PM 0.7 917
FAMILY GUY ADSM Tues. 11:00 PM 0.7 901
FAMILY GUY ADSM Mon. 11:00 PM 0.7 898
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – MARYLAND/TEXAS FS1 Sat. 11:59 AM 0.7 892
FAMILY GUY ADSM Tues. 11:30 PM 0.7 892
FAMILY GUY ADSM Thurs. 11:00 PM 0.7 889
BOB’S BURGERS ADSM Tues. 10:30 PM 0.7 879
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Tues. 10:30 PM 0.7 861
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Tues. 9:30 PM 0.7 856

 

Top 25 cable shows in viewers for Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – OHIO ST./INDIANA ESPN Thurs. 8:00 PM 5,135
2 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,390
3 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 3,369
4 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,181
5 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 3,168
6 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,104
7 NASCAR CUP SERIES RACE – DARLINGTON NBCSN Sun. 6:26 PM 3,103
8 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 3,037
9 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,023
10 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 2,865
11 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 2,823
12 HANNITY FNC Tues. 10:00 PM 2,808
13 THE FIVE FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,679
14 HANNITY FNC Mon. 10:00 PM 2,673
15 HANNITY FNC Weds. 10:00 PM 2,668
16 THE FIVE FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,665
17 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Tues. 6:00 PM 2,658
18 THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN Tues. 9:00 PM 2,645
19 THE FIVE FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,635
20 LAST WORD W/LAWRENCE O’DONNELL MSNBC Tues. 10:00 PM 2,594
21 LAST WORD W/LAWRENCE O’DONNELL MSNBC Weds. 10:00 PM 2,576
22 THE STORY FNC Tues. 7:00 PM 2,536
23 LAST WORD W/LAWRENCE O’DONNELL MSNBC Mon. 10:00 PM 2,532
24 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,482
25 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 2,459

All ratings are live + same-day. 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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