‘Monday Night Football’ leads across the board: Cable top 25 for Dec. 4-10

“Monday Night Football” was the No. 1 show on cable in the week of Dec. 4, no matter how you choose to measure it.

The game between the Steelers and Bengals edged “The Walking Dead” to lead the adults 18-49 rankings. “MNF” scored a 3.5 rating, “TWD” a 3.4.

“Monday Night Football’s” lead among total viewers was wider: 10.84 million to 7.89 million for “The Walking Dead.”

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. 4-10, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – STEELERS/BENGALS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 3.5 4,467
2 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 3.4 4,301
3 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 12:01 AM 1.5 1,920
4 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:28 PM 1.4 1,728
5 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – SAINTS/FALCONS NFLN Thurs. 8:27 PM 1.1 1,395
6 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,293
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,229
8 LOVE & HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,203
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,114
10 NBA BASKETBALL – CELTICS/SPURS ESPN Fri. 9:35 PM 0.8 1,062
THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,011
GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 0.8 998
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.8 998
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 973
BLACK INK CREW VH1 Weds. 10:00 PM 0.8 973
16 THE CHRISTMAS COTTAGE HALL Sat. 8:00 PM 0.7 870
STREET OUTLAWS DISC Mon. 9:01 PM 0.7 870
TEEN MOM MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 858
LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.7 858
BLACK INK CREW CHICAGO VH1 Weds. 9:00 PM 0.7 832
21 LOGAN HBO Sat. 8:00 PM 0.6 819
SCARED FAMOUS VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 768
NBA BASKETBALL – WARRIORS/HORNETS ESPN Weds. 8:01 PM 0.6 768
90 DAY FIANCE TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.6 768
NBA BASKETBALL – WARRIORS/PISTONS ESPN Fri. 7:00 PM 0.6 755
VANDERPUMP RULES BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 755
TOP RANK BOXING ESPN Sat. 9:07 PM 0.6 755
HEISMAN TROPHY ESPN Sat. 8:00 PM 0.6 742
VIKINGS HIST Weds. 9:00 PM 0.6 730
LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 717

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in viewers for Dec. 4-10, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – STEELERS/BENGALS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 10,844
2 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 7,885
3 THE CHRISTMAS COTTAGE HALL Sat. 8:00 PM 4,565
4 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 12:01 AM 3,751
5 SHARING CHRISTMAS HALL Sun. 8:00 PM 3,686
6 HANNITY FNC Fri. 9:00 PM 3,458
7 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:28 PM 3,359
8 HANNITY FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,348
9 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 3,340
10 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,332
11 HANNITY FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,254
12 HANNITY FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,249
13 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Fri. 8:00 PM 3,240
14 HANNITY FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,227
15 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,214
16 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,181
17 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 3,158
18 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 3,156
19 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,147
20 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 3,126
21 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – SAINTS/FALCONS NFLN Thurs. 8:27 PM 3,007
22 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,936
23 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,932
24 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,862
GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,862

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