ESPN didn’t start 2017 in quite as dominant a way as it ended 2016, where it occupied nearly all of the Top 25 in the week leading up to New Year’s Day. But it still led the week by a big margin.

The channel’s telecast of the Rose Bowl was the clear No. 1 in both adults 18-49 (4.1 rating) and viewers (15.75 million) for the week. ESPN claimed the Top 7 spots in both measures with college football and NFL programming.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Jan. 2-8, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 ROSE BOWL – USC/PENN ST. ESPN Mon. 5:13 PM 4.1 5,316
2 SUGAR BOWL – AUBURN/OKLAHOMA ESPN Mon. 9:29 PM 2.8 3,638
3 ROSE BOWL PREGAME ESPN Mon. 4:54 PM 2.3 2,994
4 NFL WILD CARD GAME – TEXANS/RAIDERS ESPN Sat. 4:20 PM 2.1 2,645
5 ROSEBOWL PREGAME ESPN Mon. 4:07 PM 1.6 2,108
SUGAR BOWL SUSTAINING ESPN Mon. 12:15 AM 1.6 2,074
7 COTTON BOWL – WISCONSIN/W. MICHIGAN ESPN Mon. 1:02 PM 1.5 1,910
8 LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,754
9 GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,442
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,426
SUGAR BOWL POSTGAME ESPN Mon. 12:27 AM 1.1 1,416
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,394
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.1 1,394
STREET OUTLAWS DISC Mon. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,392
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,356
16 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,277
FAMILY GUY ADSM Tues. 11:30 PM 1.0 1,258
18 TEEN MOM II MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,192
FAMILY GUY ADSM Tues. 11:00 PM 0.9 1,186
NBA BASKETBALL – BLAZERS/WARRIORS ESPN Weds. 10:35 PM 0.9 1,177
THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN Tues. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,155
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Tues. 9:30 PM 0.9 1,153
LEAVE IT TO STEVIE VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,153
FAMILY GUY ADSM Thurs. 11:00 PM 0.9 1,140
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,137
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,127
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:00 PM 0.9 1,125
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 9:30 PM 0.9 1,109
FAMILY GUY ADSM Mon. 11:00 PM 0.9 1,105
FAMILY GUY ADSM Sun. 10:30 PM 0.9 1,095
FAMILY GUY ADSM Thurs. 11:30 PM 0.9 1,093

 

Top 25 cable shows in viewers for Jan. 2-8, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 ROSE BOWL – USC/PENN ST. ESPN Mon. 5:13 PM 15,749
2 ROSE BOWL PREGAME ESPN Mon. 4:54 PM 9,523
3 SUGAR BOWL – AUBURN/OKLAHOMA ESPN Mon. 9:29 PM 9,522
4 NFL WILD CARD GAME – TEXANS/RAIDERS ESPN Sat. 4:20 PM 6,339
5 ROSE BOWL PREGAME ESPN Mon. 4:07 PM 6,149
6 COTTON BOWL – WISCONSIN/W. MICHIGAN ESPN Mon. 1:02 PM 5,446
7 SUGAR BOWL SUSTAINING ESPN Mon. 12:15 AM 5,246
8 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 3,976
9 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 3,928
10 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,815
11 GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 3,750
12 THE FIVE FNC Fri. 5:00 PM 3,637
13 FIXER UPPER HGTV Tues. 9:00 PM 3,525
14 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Fri. 6:00 PM 3,481
15 SUGAR BOWL POSTGAME ESPN Mon. 12:27 AM 3,450
16 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 3,429
17 SHEPARD SMITH REPORTING FNC Fri. 3:00 PM 3,388
18 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Fri. 8:00 PM 3,244
19 YOUR WORLD W/NEIL CAVUTO FNC Fri. 4:00 PM 3,200
20 ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE DISC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,173
21 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 3,162
22 HANNITY FNC Tues. 10:00 PM 3,147
23 THE KELLY FILE FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,140
24 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Fri. 7:00 PM 3,116
25 THE KELLY FILE FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,105

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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