President Trump’s State of the Union address was the biggest thing on cable in the week of Jan. 29, with Fox News getting by far the biggest share of viewers for the speech.

The address drew 11.71 million viewers and a 1.9 rating for Fox News, easily the best numbers of the week in both measures. Analysis and coverage of the Democratic response took up the next three spots.

Cable news overall had a big week, owning all but three spots among the top 25 originals in total viewers and eight places in the 18-49 rankings — a high number for programming that typically draws an older audience.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS FNC Tues. 9:10 PM 1.9 2,368
2 STATE OF THE UNION ANALYSIS FNC Tues. 10:31 PM 1.6 2,010
3 STATE OF THE UNION PRE FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 1.5 1,882
4 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,549
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,472
6 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.1 1,357
LOVE & HIP HOP MIAMI VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,344
8 STATE OF THE UNION/DEM RESPONSE FNC Mon. 10:42 PM 1.0 1,267
LOVE & HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,254
NFL PRIMETIME ESPN Sun. 10:39 PM 1.0 1,229
11 PUPPY BOWL APL Sun. 3:00 PM 0.9 1,165
STATE OF THE UNION 2018 CNN Tues. 9:10 PM 0.9 1,088
13 STREET OUTLAWS DISC Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,024
THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,011
STATE OF THE UNION ANALYSIS CNN Tues. 10:31 PM 0.8 986
STATE OF THE UNION/DEM RESPONSE CNN Tues. 10:43 PM 0.8 986
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 973
18 GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 0.7 909
NBA BASKETBALL – WARRIORS/KINGS ESPN Fri. 10:35 PM 0.7 896
SPORTSCENTER ESPN Sun. 11:46 PM 0.7 896
TEEN MOM MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 883
STATE OF THE UNION PRE CNN Tues. 9:00 PM 0.7 883
FIXER UPPER HGTV Tues. 9:00 PM 0.7 883
LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.7 883

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Note: 12 shows tied for 25th place at 0.6.

Top 25 original cable shows in viewers for Jan. 29-Feb. 4, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS FNC Tues. 9:10 PM 11,705
2 STATE OF THE UNION ANALYSIS FNC Tues. 10:31 PM 10,530
3 STATE OF THE UNION PRE FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 9,935
4 STATE OF THE UNION/DEM RESPONSE FNC Mon. 10:42 PM 6,702
5 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 4,945
6 HANNITY FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 4,365
7 HANNITY FNC Fri. 9:00 PM 4,313
8 HANNITY FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 4,154
9 HANNITY FNC Tues. 11:00 PM 3,973
10 HANNITY FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,945
11 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 3,898
12 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Fri. 8:00 PM 3,821
13 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 3,786
14 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,717
15 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,661
16 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FNC Thurs. 10:00 PM 3,616
17 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FNC Weds. 10:00 PM 3,477
18 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 3,461
19 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FNC Mon. 10:00 PM 3,409
20 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Fri. 6:00 PM 3,361
21 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FNC Fri. 10:00 PM 3,340
22 STATE OF THE UNION/DEM RESPONSE MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,332
23 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 3,254
24 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 3,248
25 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,229

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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