The two semifinal games of the College Football Playoff stood well above the rest of the field on cable in the first week of 2018.

The first semifinal game, the Rose Bowl between Georgia and Oklahoma, led the week in both adults 18-49 (7.6 rating) and total viewers (25.85 million). The Sugar Bowl (Alabama-Clemson) was a strong second at 6.3 and 20.41 million viewers.

Sports telecasts, including more bowl games, studio shows and an NBA game, took up the top 11 spots in the 18-49 rankings and nine of the top 10 in viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Jan. 1-7, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 CFP SEMIFINAL: GEORGIA/OKLAHOMA ESPN Mon. 5:12 PM 7.6 9,664
2 CFP SEMIFINAL: ALABAMA/CLEMSON ESPN Mon. 9:12 PM 6.3 8,090
3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 4:54 PM 4.7 6,067
4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 4:40 PM 4.4 5,581
5 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 12:25 AM 2.6 3,341
6 PEACH BOWL – UCF/AUBURN ESPN Mon. 12:40 PM 2.4 3,110
7 NFL WILD CARD – TITANS/CHIEFS ESPN Sat. 4:20 PM 2.0 2,534
8 OUTBACK BOWL – MICHIGAN/S. CAROLINA ESPN2 Mon. 12:01 PM 1.4 1,766
9 NBA BASKETBALL – CAVALIERS/CELTICS ESPN Weds. 8:01 PM 1.3 1,651
10 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 12:36 AM 1.2 1,498
11 NBA POSTGAME ESPN Weds. 10:16 PM 1.1 1,408
12 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,306
STREET OUTLAWS: BRISTOL RACE DISC Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,293
LOVE & HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,267
LOVE & HIP HOP MIAMI VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,254
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,242
NBA BASKETBALL – WARRIORS/ROCKETS TNT Thurs. 8:14 PM 1.0 1,216
18 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,190
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,178
20 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,075
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,050
COLLEGE FOOTBALL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 12:30 PM 0.8 1,037
NBA BASKETBALL – THUNDER/LAKERS ESPN Weds. 10:35 PM 0.8 1,037
24 BLACK INK CREW VH1 Weds. 9:00 PM 0.7 947
GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 0.7 947
LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.7 947

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in viewers for Jan. 1-7, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 CFP SEMIFINAL: GEORGIA/OKLAHOMA ESPN Mon. 5:12 PM 25,854
2 CFP SEMIFINAL: ALABAMA/CLEMSON ESPN Mon. 9:12 PM 20,407
3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 4:54 PM 16,514
4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 4:40 PM 14,865
5 PEACH BOWL – UCF/AUBURN ESPN Mon. 12:40 PM 8,377
6 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 12:25 AM 7,413
7 NFL WILD CARD – TITANS/CHIEFS ESPN Sat. 4:20 PM 6,152
8 OUTBACK BOWL – MICHIGAN/S. CAROLINA ESPN2 Mon. 12:01 PM 5,050
9 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 3,309
10 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 12:36 AM 3,255
11 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,241
12 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,217
13 NBA BASKETBALL – CAVALIERS/CELTICS ESPN Weds. 8:01 PM 3,174
14 HANNITY FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,142
15 FIXER UPPER HGTV Tues. 9:00 PM 3,071
16 HANNITY FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,985
17 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 2,969
18 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 2,923
19 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,912
20 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,910
21 NBA BASKETBALL – WARRIORS/ROCKETS TNT Thurs. 8:14 PM 2,869
22 GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,858
23 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,846
24 HANNITY FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,828
25 HANNITY SPECIAL FNC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,821

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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