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College football and politics dominated the week of Jan. 11-17 on cable. The CFP Championship game on ESPN, though down 24.5 percent vs. last year, led both the 18-49 and viewer rankings by wide margins.

A Republican presidential primary debate scored strong numbers for Fox Business, finishing fifth in adults 18-49 (1.9) and third in viewers for the week. The State of the Union address and follow-up analysis also landed spots in the Top 25 for Fox News and CNN.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Jan. 11-17, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP ESPN 1/11/2016 8:27 PM 8.3 10475
2 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP SUSTAINING ESPN 1/11/2016 11:45 PM 8.2 10378
3 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN 1/11/2016 12:27 AM 3.5 4452
4 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN 1/11/2016 7:56 PM 2.5 3229
5 REPUBLICAN PRES DEBATE FBN 1/14/2016 9:00 PM 1.9 2349
6 SPORTSCENTER ESPN 1/11/2016 12:46 AM 1.5 1964
7 LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 1/11/2016 7:59 PM 1.4 1809
7t REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRVO 1/17/2016 8:00 PM 1.4 1759
9 GOLD RUSH DISC 1/15/2016 9:01 PM 1.3 1604
10 NBA BASKETBALL TNT 1/14/2016 8:13 PM 1.2 1571
10t WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 1/11/2016 8:00 PM 1.2 1546
10t WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 1/11/2016 10:00 PM 1.2 1490
10t WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 1/11/2016 9:00 PM 1.2 1463
14 AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL – F FX 1/13/2016 10:00 PM 1.1 1453
14t FAMILY GUY ADSM 1/17/2016 10:30 PM 1.1 1421
14t UFC FIGHT NIGHT FS1 1/17/2016 10:00 PM 1.1 1410
14t THE BIG BANG THEORY TBSC 1/13/2016 10:00 PM 1.1 1403
14t FAMILY GUY ADSM 1/17/2016 11:00 PM 1.1 1386
14t NBA BASKETBALL TNT 1/14/2016 10:49 PM 1.1 1354
14t PRETTY LITTLE LIARS FAM 1/12/2016 8:00 PM 1.1 1341
21 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBSC 1/13/2016 10:30 PM 1.0 1330
21t THE BIG BANG THEORY TBSC 1/12/2016 10:00 PM 1.0 1326
21t LIP SYNC BATTLE SPIKE 1/14/2016 10:00 PM 1.0 1323
21t KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS ENT 1/17/2016 9:00 PM 1.0 1303
21t FAMILY GUY ADSM 1/13/2016 11:30 PM 1.0 1299
21t FAMILY GUY ADSM 1/12/2016 11:30 PM 1.0 1278
21t FAMILY GUY ADSM 1/13/2016 11:00 PM 1.0 1277
21t THE BIG BANG THEORY TBSC 1/12/2016 9:30 PM 1.0 1270
21t TEEN MOM MTV 1/11/2016 10:00 PM 1.0 1253
21t THE BIG BANG THEORY TBSC 1/12/2016 9:00 PM 1.0 1244
21t STATE OF THE UNION 2016 CNN 1/12/2016 9:11 PM 1.0 1243
21t FAMILY GUY ADSM 1/11/2016 11:30 PM 1.0 1236
21t FAMILY GUY ADSM 1/12/2016 11:00 PM 1.0 1234
21t THE BIG BANG THEORY TBSC 1/13/2016 9:30 PM 1.0 1209

Top 25 cable series in viewers for Jan. 11-17, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP ESPN 1/11/2016 8:27 PM 25667
2 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP SUSTAINING ESPN 1/11/2016 11:45 PM 23650
3 REPUBLICAN PRES DEBATE FBN 1/14/2016 9:00 PM 11094
4 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN 1/11/2016 12:27 AM 9005
5 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN 1/11/2016 7:56 PM 8067
6 GOLD RUSH DISC 1/15/2016 9:01 PM 4032
7 CAVUTO COAST TO COAST FBN 1/14/2016 11:27 PM 3967
8 STATE OF THE UNION ANALYSIS FOXNC 1/12/2016 10:09 PM 3848
9 FIXER UPPER HGTV 1/12/2016 9:00 PM 3807
10 SPORTSCENTER ESPN 1/11/2016 12:46 AM 3687
11 ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER DISC 1/17/2016 9:00 PM 3596
12 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 1/11/2016 8:00 PM 3536
13 STATE OF THE UNION 2016 CNN 1/12/2016 9:11 PM 3489
14 STATE OF THE UNION 2016 FOXNC 1/12/2016 9:10 PM 3472
15 STATE OF THE UNION ANALYSIS FOXNC 1/12/2016 10:33 PM 3433
15t THE O’REILLY FACTOR FOXNC 1/13/2016 8:00 PM 3433
17 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FOXNC 1/12/2016 8:00 PM 3337
18 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 1/11/2016 10:00 PM 3228
19 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 1/11/2016 9:00 PM 3206
20 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRVO 1/17/2016 8:00 PM 3179
21 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST 1/12/2016 9:00 PM 3111
22 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FOXNC 1/14/2016 8:00 PM 3064
23 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FOXNC 1/11/2016 8:00 PM 3062
24 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FOXNC 1/15/2016 8:00 PM 3035
25 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBSC 1/12/2016 10:00 PM 3014

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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