‘Monday Night Football’ rules the cable top 25 for Dec. 18-24

The week before Christmas on cable belonged to “Monday Night Football,” which despite a down week in the ratings was far ahead of anything else.

“MNF” scored a 3.1 rating among adults 18-49, more than doubling the 1.5 for the second-place show (another NFL contest on the NFL Network). Its 9.41 million viewers were about 4 million more than the NFL Network’s game.

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 in adults 18-49 for Dec. 18-24, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – FALCONS/BUCCANEERS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 3.1 3,942
2 NFL FOOTBALL – COLTS/RAVENS NFLN Sat. 4:31 PM 1.5 1,958
3 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:39 PM 1.1 1,357
4 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,254
5 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,152
NBA BASKETBALL – LAKERS/WARRIORS ESPN Fri. 10:40 PM 0.9 1,152
NFL POSTGAME NFLN Sat. 7:29 PM 0.9 1,114
THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,088
9 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.8 1,062
LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.8 986
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 960
12 ARMED FORCES BOWL – SAN DIEGO ST./ARMY ESPN Sat. 3:57 PM 0.7 947
BIRMINGHAM BOWL – TEXAS TECH/S. FLORIDA ESPN Sat. 12:00 PM 0.7 922
STREET OUTLAWS DISC Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 922
GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 0.7 896
NBA BASKETBALL – CELTICS/KNICKS TNT Thurs. 8:14 PM 0.7 858
CHRISTMAS GETAWAY HALL Sat. 8:00 PM 0.7 845
18 BLACK INK CREW VH1 Weds. 9:00 PM 0.6 819
REMY & PAPOOSE VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 781
TEEN MOM MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 781
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS – P BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.6 781
90 DAY FIANCE TLC Mon. 8:00 PM 0.6 730
HAWAII BOWL – FRESNO ST./HOUSTON ESPN Sun. 8:30 PM 0.6 717
MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN ESPN Mon. 6:00 PM 0.6 717
NBA BASKETBALL – CLIPPERS/ROCKETS ESPN Fri. 8:01 PM 0.6 704

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in viewers for Dec. 18-24, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – FALCONS/BUCCANEERS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 9,411
2 NFL FOOTBALL – COLTS/RAVENS NFLN Sat. 4:31 PM 5,395
3 CHRISTMAS GETAWAY HALL Sat. 8:00 PM 4,378
4 ARMED FORCES BOWL – SAN DIEGO ST./ARMY ESPN Sat. 3:57 PM 3,485
5 BIRMINGHAM BOWL – TEXAS TECH/S. FLORIDA ESPN Sat. 12:00 PM 3,397
6 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 3,259
7 HANNITY FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,147
8 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 3,129
9 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,085
10 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 3,052
11 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 2,960
12 GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,938
13 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,871
14 NFL POSTGAME NFLN Sat. 7:29 PM 2,856
15 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Weds. 6:00 PM 2,833
16 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FNC Weds. 10:00 PM 2,804
17 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,803
18 HANNITY FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,796
HANNITY FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,796
20 HANNITY FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,773
21 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,735
22 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Thurs. 6:00 PM 2,728
23 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Mon. 6:00 PM 2,727
24 THE FIVE FNC Weds. 5:00 PM 2,714
25 THE FIVE FNC Thurs. 5:00 PM 2,697

All ratings are live + same-day. Source: The Nielsen Company.