Sports programming dominated the cable ratings in the week of Oct. 2, as the early rounds of the baseball playoffs joined NFL and college football games in the top 25.

“Monday Night Football” (4.3 in adults 18-49, 11.94 million viewers) was a runway No. 1 in both measures. Sports took up 17 spots in the top 25 among adults 18-49 and 10 in the total viewer top 25. After “MNF,” the American League wild-card game between the Yankees and Twins (2.1, 6.73 million) was the next most-watched show.

“Hannity” and “Tucker Carlson Tonight” also enjoyed better-than-average weeks on Fox News. The channel scored big for much of the day Monday in covering the Las Vegas mass shooting.

Note: The charts below cover only original programming, hence the lack of “Family Guy” and “Big Bang Theory” repeats in the 18-49 rankings.

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

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – WASHINGTON/KANSAS CITY ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 4.3
2 AL WILD CARD – TWINS/YANKEES ESPN Tues. 8:00 PM 2.1
3 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – PATRIOTS/BUCCANEERS NFLN Thurs. 8:27 PM 1.6
4 ALDS – INDIANS/YANKEES GM 3 FS1 Sun. 7:31 PM 1.4
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – ALABAMA/TEXAS A&M ESPN Sat. 7:23 PM 1.4
6 NL WILD CARD – ROCKIES/DIAMONDBACKS TBS Weds. 8:00 PM 1.3
7 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:51 PM 1.1
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT FX Tues. 10:00 PM 1.1
9 LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0
ALDS – YANKEES/INDIANS GM 1 FS1 Thurs. 7:31 PM 1.0
12 NLDS – CUBS/NATIONALS GM 1 TBS Fri. 7:27 PM 0.9
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9
NLDS – DIAMONDBACKS/DODGERS GM 1 TBS Fri. 10:42 PM 0.9
ALDS – YANKEES/INDIANS GM 2 MLB Fri. 5:05 PM 0.9
NLDS – CUBS/NATIONALS GM 2 TBS Sat. 5:30 PM 0.9
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – MIAMI/FLORIDA ST. ESPN Sat. 3:30 PM 0.9
19 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 0.8
NLDS – DIAMONDBACKS/DODGERS GM 2 TBS Sat. 9:00 PM 0.8
TNF PRE-KICK NFLN Thurs. 8:16 PM 0.8
22 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7
SPORTSCENTER ESPN Tues. 12:05 AM 0.7
TNF POSTGAME NFLN Thurs. 11:45 PM 0.7
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – GEORGIA/VANDERBILT ESPN Sat. 12:00 PM 0.7
KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS E! Sun. 9:00 PM 0.7

 

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

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – WASHINGTON/KANSAS CITY ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 11,944
2 AL WILD CARD – TWINS/YANKEES ESPN Tues. 8:00 PM 6,733
3 ALDS – INDIANS/YANKEES GM 3 FS1 Sun. 7:31 PM 5,294
4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – ALABAMA/TEXAS A&M ESPN Sat. 7:23 PM 4,774
5 NL WILD CARD – ROCKIES/DIAMONDBACKS TBS Weds. 8:00 PM 4,391
6 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – PATRIOTS/BUCCANEERS NFLN Thurs. 8:27 PM 3,904
7 HANNITY FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,868
8 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Mon. 6:00 PM 3,857
9 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 3,837
10 ALDS GM 1 – YANKEES/INDIANS FS1 Thurs. 7:31 PM 3,782
11 HANNITY FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,731
12 HANNITY FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,596
13 NLDS – CUBS/NATIONALS GM 2 TBS Sat. 5:30 PM 3,505
14 AMERICA’S NEWSROOM FNC Mon. 10:00 AM 3,497
15 NLDS – CUBS/NATIONALS GM 1 TBS Fri. 7:27 PM 3,495
16 THE STORY FNC Mon. 7:00 PM 3,472
17 HAPPENING NOW FNC Mon. 11:00 AM 3,387
18 THE FIVE FNC Mon. 5:00 PM 3,387
19 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,346
20 AMERICA’S NEWSROOM FNC Mon. 9:00 AM 3,325
21 ALDS – YANKEES/INDIANS GM 2 MLB Fri. 5:05 PM 3,202
22 OUTNUMBERED FNC Mon. 12:00 PM 3,189
23 FOX NEWS TONIGHT FNC Mon. 10:00 PM 3,116
24 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 3,063
25 FOX & FRIENDS FNC Mon. 8:00 AM 3,011

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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