The title game of the College Football Playoff was the runaway No. 1 show on cable for the week of Jan. 8 — and it beat all primetime competition on broadcast as well.

The game between Alabama and Georgia drew an 8.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 27.38 million viewers. That tops the 7.9 and 26.69 million for the top network show of the week, CBS’ NFL playoff game on Saturday night (a Sunday afternoon NFL game on FOX beat both of them).

Top 25 original cable shows in adults 18-49 for Jan. 8-14, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP: ALABAMA/GEORGIA ESPN Mon. 8:20 PM 8.7 11,110
2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 12:10 AM 4.9 6,298
3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 7:59 PM 4.6 5,837
4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 7:30 PM 2.1 2,624
5 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 12:40 AM 1.4 1,728
6 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,242
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,229
LOVE & HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,229
9 LOVE & HIP HOP MIAMI VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,190
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,165
GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,088
12 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.8 1,050
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 973
14 CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVE ESPN Mon. 5:57 PM 0.7 947
NBA BASKETBALL – CLIPPERS/WARRIORS ESPN Weds. 10:35 PM 0.7 947
THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 0.7 934
LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.7 934
LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.7 896
NBA BASKETBALL – THUNDER/T-WOLVES ESPN Weds. 8:01 PM 0.7 883
NBA BASKETBALL – CAVALIERS/RAPTORS TNT Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.7 883
KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS E! Sun. 9:00 PM 0.7 883
NFL PRIMETIME ESPN Sun. 8:16 PM 0.7 858
NBA BASKETBALL – SPURS/LAKERS TNT Thurs. 10:30 PM 0.7 845
BLACK INK CREW VH1 Weds. 9:00 PM 0.7 832
25 JODI ARIAS: AN AMERICAN MURDER MYSTERY – P ID Sun. 10:00 PM 0.6 819

Note: Eight other shows also had 0.6 ratings but with fewer adults 18-49 viewers.

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in viewers for Jan. 8-14, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP: ALABAMA/GEORGIA ESPN Mon. 8:20 PM 27,383
2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 7:59 PM 15,541
3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 12:10 AM 13,457
4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 7:30 PM 5,865
5 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,558
6 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 12:40 AM 3,417
7 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 3,368
8 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,217
9 HANNITY FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,204
10 HANNITY FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,071
11 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,063
12 GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 3,048
13 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 3,016
14 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 2,993
15 FIXER UPPER HGTV Tues. 9:00 PM 2,945
16 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,901
17 HANNITY FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,877
18 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 2,785
19 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,784
20 LAST WORD W/LAWRENCE O’DONNELL MSNBC Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,749
21 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FNC Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,700
22 LAST WORD W/LAWRENCE O’DONNELL MSNBC Tues. 10:00 PM 2,686
23 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 2,666
24 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,656
25 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Tues. 6:00 PM 2,638

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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