With football season all but over, a different sport claimed the top spot in the cable ratings for the week of Jan. 15.

An NBA game between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers led the week in both adults 18-49 (1.9 rating) and total viewers (4.68 million). It was a relatively quiet week otherwise: The three hours of “Monday Night Raw” were the only other cable originals to score a 1.0 or better in adults 18-49.

In viewers, “Hannity” had a pretty strong week for Fox News, with four of its five editions landing in the top 10.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Jan. 15-21, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NBA BASKETBALL – WARRIORS/CAVALIERS TNT Mon. 8:18 PM 1.9 2,381
2 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,434
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,382
4 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,229
5 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,139
NBA BASKETBALL – ROCKETS/CLIPPERS TNT Mon. 10:49 PM 0.9 1,101
LOVE AND HIP HOP MIAMI VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,088
8 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,037
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 9:00 PM 0.8 998
STREET OUTLAWS DISC Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 986
11 ACS: ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE – P FX Weds. 10:00 PM 0.7 922
GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 0.7 922
KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS E! Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 883
LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.7 870
THE CHALLENGE: VENDETTAS MTV Tues. 9:00 PM 0.7 832
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.7 832
BLACK INK CREW VH1 Weds. 9:00 PM 0.7 832
18 NBA BASKETBALL – T-WOLVES/ROCKETS TNT Thurs. 9:33 PM 0.6 819
LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 819
WWE RAW 25 – S USA Tues. 10:00 PM 0.6 794
NFL COUNTDOWN ESPN Sun. 12:00 PM 0.6 794
ROBOT CHICKEN ADSM Sun. 11:30 PM 0.6 794
VANDERPUMP RULES BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 781
JODI ARIAS: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY ID Mon. 10:00 PM 0.6 755
NBA BASKETBALL – LAKERS/THUNDER ESPN Weds. 8:01 PM 0.6 755
JODI ARIAS: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY ID Tues. 10:00 PM 0.6 742
THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN Tues. 9:00 PM 0.6 717
NBA POSTGAME ESPN Weds. 10:12 PM 0.6 717

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in viewers for Jan. 15-21, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NBA BASKETBALL – WARRIORS/CAVALIERS TNT Mon. 8:18 PM 4,680
2 HANNITY FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,641
3 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,573
4 HANNITY FNC Fri. 9:00 PM 3,443
5 HANNITY FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,414
6 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 3,363
7 HANNITY FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,356
8 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 3,337
9 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Fri. 8:00 PM 3,257
10 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,237
11 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FNC Fri. 10:00 PM 3,166
12 FIXER UPPER HGTV Tues. 9:00 PM 3,125
13 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 3,106
14 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,104
15 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,098
16 HANNITY FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,096
17 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,063
18 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,046
19 ONE WINTER WEEKEND HALL Sat. 9:00 PM 3,028
20 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FNC Thurs. 10:00 PM 3,024
21 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,991
22 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 2,987
23 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 2,913
24 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 2,814
25 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Weds. 6:00 PM 2,800

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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