Thanksgiving week brought a lot of special programming to cable, but it didn’t change the shows at the top of the ratings.

“The Walking Dead” and “Monday Night Football” kept their lock on the top spots. “TWD” led the adults 18-49 rankings with a 3.6, edging “MNF’s” 3.5. The order was reversed in total viewers, with “Monday Night Football” (10.76 million) holding a comfortable lead.

Hallmark Channel ran five nights of holiday movies starting Wednesday. All five finished in the top 25 in viewers.

Note: For the foreseeable future, we’ll be publishing rankings for original shows only. Hence the lack of “Big Bang Theory” and “Family Guy” reruns near the bottom of the adults 18-49 chart.

Top 25 original cable shows in adults 18-49 for Nov. 20-26, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 3.6 4,570
2 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – FALCONS/SEAHAWKS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 3.5 4,518
3 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:04 PM 1.3 1,690
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – CLEMSON/S. CAROLINA ESPN Sat. 7:34 PM 1.3 1,613
5 NBA BASKETBALL – WARRIORS/THUNDER ESPN Weds. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,549
6 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:53 PM 1.1 1,434
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,382
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,382
9 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,229
10 SWITCHED FOR CHRISTMAS HALL Sun. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,203
LOVE & HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,203
NBA BASKETBALL – LAKERS/KINGS ESPN Weds. 10:35 PM 0.9 1,190
13 THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,075
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,050
GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,011
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN Sat. 9:00 AM 0.8 986
KONG: SKULL ISLAND HBO Sat. 8:00 PM 0.8 960
18 THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN HALL Sat. 8:00 PM 0.7 947
THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 0.7 934
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – MISSISSIPPI/MISSISSIPPI ST. ESPN Thurs. 7:24 PM 0.7 934
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 858
FINDING SANTA HALL Fri. 8:00 PM 0.7 858
23 SHAMELESS SHOW Sun. 9:06 PM 0.6 781
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – VIRIGNIA TECH/VIRGINIA ESPN Fri. 8:04 PM 0.6 781
LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 768

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in viewers for Nov. 20-26, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – FALCONS/SEAHAWKS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 10,758
2 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 8,282
3 SWITCHED FOR CHRISTMAS HALL Sun. 8:00 PM 5,166
4 THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN HALL Sat. 8:00 PM 4,872
5 FINDING SANTA HALL Fri. 8:00 PM 4,061
6 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – CLEMSON/S. CAROLINA ESPN Sat. 7:34 PM 4,032
7 WITH LOVE, CHRISTMAS HALL Weds. 8:00 PM 3,579
8 THE MISTLETOE INN HALL Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,446
9 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,244
10 NBA BASKETBALL – WARRIORS/THUNDER ESPN Weds. 8:00 PM 3,230
11 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:04 PM 3,219
12 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 3,194
13 HANNITY FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,143
14 HANNITY FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,953
15 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 2,946
16 GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,911
17 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 2,845
18 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 2,812
19 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 2,785
20 KONG: SKULL ISLAND HBO Sat. 8:00 PM 2,739
21 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,681
22 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 2,662
23 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,557
24 FIXER UPPER HGTV Tues. 9:00 PM 2,499
25 HANNITY FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,484

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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