Led by a five-week high for “Monday Night Football,” NFL programming dominated the cable rankings for the week of Dec. 11.

“MNF” led the week by wide margins in both adults 18-49 (3.8 rating) and total viewers (11.78 million). A pair of Saturday games on the NFL Network and pre- and post-game shows took up the next five spots in adults 18-49 and next four in viewers.

The top non-sports shows of the week in adults 18-49 were “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and an hour of “Anderson Cooper 360” on Tuesday, covering the Senate election in Alabama. Both drew 1.0 ratings.

In viewers, the No. 1 non-sports program was Hallmark’s movie “Christmas Next Door” with 4.42 million people watching.

Note: For the foreseeable future, we’ll be publishing rankings for original shows only. Hence the lack of “Big Bang Theory” and “Family Guy” reruns near the bottom of the adults 18-49 chart.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Dec. 11-17, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – PATRIOTS/DOLPHINS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 3.8 4,864
2 NFL FOOTBALL – CHARGERS/CHIEFS NFLN Sat. 8:30 PM 2.1 2,739
3 NFL FOOTBALL – BEARS/LIONS NFLN Sat. 4:31 PM 1.5 1,920
NFL POSTGAME NFLN Sat. 7:37 PM 1.5 1,856
5 NFL PRE-KICK NFLN Sat. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,805
NFL GAMEDAY KICKOFF NFLN Sat. 7:48 PM 1.4 1,741
7 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:52 PM 1.3 1,638
8 NFL POSTGAME NFLN Sat. 11:42 PM 1.0 1,318
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,242
ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN Tues. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,229
11 LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,203
ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN Tues. 11:00 PM 0.9 1,165
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,114
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,088
15 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,050
NBA BASKETBALL – SIXERS/T-WOLVES ESPN Tues. 9:39 PM 0.8 998
THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 0.8 986
STREET OUTLAWS DISC Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 986
NBA BASKETBALL – LAKERS/KNICKS ESPN Tues. 7:00 PM 0.8 986
NBA BASKETBALL – SPURS/ROCKETS ESPN Fri. 10:16 PM 0.8 973
NBA BASKETBALL – THUNDER/SIXERS ESPN Fri. 6:59 PM 0.8 960
22 NBA BASKETBALL – LAKERS/CAVALIERS TNT Thurs. 8:14 PM 0.7 947
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7 909
TEEN MOM MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 909
CHRISTMAS NEXT DOOR HALL Sat. 8:00 PM 0.7 883
GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 0.7 883
NBA BASKETBALL – HORNETS/ROCKETS ESPN Weds. 9:35 PM 0.7 858
90 DAY FIANCE TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.7 845

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in viewers for Dec. 11-17, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – PATRIOTS/DOLPHINS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 11,782
2 NFL FOOTBALL – CHARGERS/CHIEFS NFLN Sat. 8:30 PM 6,993
3 NFL FOOTBALL – BEARS/LIONS NFLN Sat. 4:31 PM 5,177
4 NFL PRE-KICK NFLN Sat. 8:00 PM 4,549
5 NFL POSTGAME NFLN Sat. 7:37 PM 4,546
6 CHRISTMAS NEXT DOOR HALL Sat. 8:00 PM 4,418
7 NFL GAMEDAY KICKOFF NFLN Sat. 7:48 PM 4,225
8 CHRISTMAS CONNECTION HALL Sun. 8:00 PM 3,994
9 HANNITY FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,798
10 LAST WORD W/LAWRENCE O’DONNEL MSNBC Tues. 10:00 PM 3,745
11 11TH HOUR W/BRIAN WILLIAMS MSNBC Tues. 11:00 PM 3,654
12 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN Tues. 10:00 PM 3,493
13 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FNC Tues. 10:00 PM 3,486
14 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 3,350
15 HANNITY FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,247
16 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,239
17 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:52 PM 3,234
18 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN Tues. 11:00 PM 3,188
19 HANNITY FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,115
20 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,107
21 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,102
22 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,073
23 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,008
24 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 3,005
25 GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,928

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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