“Monday Night Football’s” second straight week of improved ratings led to an even bigger win in the weekly cable rankings for Sept. 25-Oct. 1.

ESPN’s telecast scored a 5.1 rating in adults 18-49, more than three times higher than second-place finishers “Rick & Morty” and “Thursday Night Football.” Its 13.69 million viewers likewise more than tripled the closest competition, the Tuesday edition of “Hannity” (3.89 million) on Fox News.

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 Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – COWBOYS/CARDINALS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 5.1
2 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – BEARS/PACKERS NFLN Thurs. 8:29 PM 1.5
RICK & MORTY ADSM Sun. 11:30 PM 1.5
4 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:05 PM 1.4
TNF WEATHER DELAY NFLN Thurs. 9:16 PM 1.4
6 LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT FX Tues. 10:00 PM 1.1
8 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – OLE MISS/ALABAMA ESPN Sat. 9:09 PM 1.0
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – USC/WASHINGTON ST. ESPN Fri. 10:30 PM 1.0
12 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – VANDERBILT/FLORIDA ESPN Sat. 12:01 PM 0.9
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:01 PM 0.9
15 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – MISSISSIPPI ST./AUBURN ESPN Sat. 5:54 PM 0.8
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PRE-KICK NFLN Thurs. 8:15 PM 0.8
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8
SOUTH PARK COM Weds. 10:00 PM 0.8
19 TEEN MOM II MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7
MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN ESPN Mon. 6:00 PM 0.7
KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS E! Sun. 9:00 PM 0.7
22 90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE 90 TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.6
HALLOWEEN WARS FOOD Sun. 9:00 PM 0.6
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST USA Tues. 10:00 PM 0.6
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – MIAMI/DUKE ESPN Fri. 7:00 PM 0.6
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN Sat. 9:00 AM 0.6
HIP HOP SQUARES VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6
HIP HOP SQUARES VH1 Mon. 9:30 PM 0.6
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRUTV Thurs. 10:00 PM 0.6

 

Top 25 original cable shows in viewers for Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – COWBOYS/CARDINALS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 13,691
2 HANNITY FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,892
3 HANNITY FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,715
4 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – BEARS/PACKERS NFLN Thurs. 8:29 PM 3,686
5 TNF WEATHER DELAY NFLN Thurs. 9:16 PM 3,288
6 HANNITY FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,270
7 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,121
8 HANNITY FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,116
9 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:05 PM 3,094
10 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 3,081
11 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – OLE MISS/ALABAMA ESPN Sat. 9:09 PM 3,028
12 HANNITY FNC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,983
13 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – VANDERBILT/FLORIDA ESPN Sat. 12:01 PM 2,815
14 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – USC/WASHINGTON ST. ESPN Fri. 10:30 PM 2,776
15 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,736
16 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,725
17 HARVEST LOVE HALL Sat. 9:00 PM 2,721
18 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 2,709
19 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,662
20 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,650
21 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 2,619
22 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,616
23 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 2,608
24 RICK & MORTY ADSM Sun. 11:30 PM 2,603
25 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 2,568

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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