Week 2 of “Monday Night Football” put up improved ratings for ESPN — and easily scored No. 1 rankings across the board on cable for the week of Sept. 18.

The Detroit Lions-New York Giants matchup drew 12.29 million viewers and a 4.3 rating among adults 18-49. Both figures were up over the previous week (11.4 million and 4.2 for the first game of a doubleheader).

NFL Network’s “Thursday Night Football” telecast (2.8, 7.46 million) was second in both adults 18-49 and viewers. “Rick & Morty” (1.5) was the top non-sports show in adults 18-49, while the first hour of “WWE Monday Night Raw” (3.13 million) was the most-watched non-football show of the week.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Sept. 18-24, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – LIONS/GIANTS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 4.3 5,523
2 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – RAMS/49ERS NFLN Thurs. 8:27 PM 2.8 3,618
3 RICK & MORTY ADSM Sun. 11:30 PM 1.5 1,890
4 TNF POSTGAME NFLN Thurs. 11:51 PM 1.4 1,786
5 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:30 PM 1.2 1,502
6 AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT FX Tues. 10:00 PM 1.1 1,481
7 LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,313
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,280
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – MISSISSIPPI ST./GEORGIA ESPN Sat. 7:09 PM 1.0 1,270
10 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,211
TNF PRE-KICK NFLN Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,198
RICK & MORTY ADSM Sun. 11:00 PM 0.9 1,145
13 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.8 1,086
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – TEXAS A&M/ARKANSAS ESPN Sat. 12:00 PM 0.8 1,072
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – TCU/OKLAHOMA ST. ESPN Sat. 3:52 PM 0.8 1,055
2017 HIP HOP HONORS – S VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,038
FAMILY GUY ADSM Sun. 10:30 PM 0.8 1,024
THE SINNER – F USA Weds. 10:00 PM 0.8 996
19 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 0.7 965
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7 962
TEEN MOM II MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 952
BOB’S BURGERS ADSM Weds. 10:30 PM 0.7 941
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:00 PM 0.7 932
FAMILY GUY ADSM Thurs. 11:00 PM 0.7 897
25 SOUTH PARK COM Weds. 10:00 PM 0.7 890
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:30 PM 0.7 885
BOB’S BURGERS ADSM Tues. 10:30 PM 0.7 877
90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE 90 TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.7 874
FAMILY GUY ADSM Mon. 11:00 PM 0.7 867
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Tues. 9:30 PM 0.7 865
FAMILY GUY ADSM Thurs. 11:30 PM 0.7 862
BOB’S BURGERS ADSM Thurs. 10:30 PM 0.7 853
FAMILY GUY ADSM Fri. 11:30 PM 0.7 844

 

Top 25 cable shows in viewers for Sept. 18-24, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – LIONS/GIANTS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 12,288
2 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – RAMS/49ERS NFLN Thurs. 8:27 PM 7,455
3 TNF POSTGAME NFLN Thurs. 11:51 PM 3,179
4 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,126
5 HANNITY FNC Tues. 10:00 PM 2,862
6 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,844
7 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – MISSISSIPPI ST./GEORGIA ESPN Sat. 7:09 PM 2,798
8 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:30 PM 2,797
9 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 2,784
10 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,746
11 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,701
12 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,676
13 TNF PRE-KICK NFLN Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,625
14 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – TEXAS A&M/ARKANSAS ESPN Sat. 12:00 PM 2,611
15 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 2,600
16 FALLING FOR VERMONT HALL Sat. 9:00 PM 2,587
17 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,584
18 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 2,576
19 HANNITY FNC Weds. 10:00 PM 2,565
20 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Tues. 6:00 PM 2,560
21 THE STORY FNC Tues. 7:00 PM 2,558
22 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 2,533
23 THE FIVE FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,530
24 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,520
25 AMERICA’S NEWSROOM FNC Tues. 10:00 AM 2,513
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 2,513

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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