After hitting an all-time low opposite the first presidential debate, “Monday Night Football” bounced back to the top of the cable ratings for the week of Oct. 3-9.

ESPN’s telecast scored a 4.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 13.17 million viewers, way up from the 3.1 and 8.05 million it drew opposite the record-setting first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

The two candidates’ second debate on Oct. 9 also drew big numbers for the cable news channels, with CNN’s coverage leading the way. TBS, FS1 and MLB Network all scored Top 25 spots with baseball playoff coverage as well.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49  for Oct. 3-9, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – GIANTS/VIKINGS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 4.7 5,969
2 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE CNN Sun. 9:03 PM 4.0 5,125
3 MLB WILD CARD – GIANTS/METS ESPN Weds. 8:00 PM 2.2 2,812
4 DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN Sun. 10:37 PM 2.1 2,742
5 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE FNC Sun. 9:03 PM 1.9 2,491
6 DEBATE ANALYSIS FNC Sun. 10:37 PM 1.7 2,228
MLB DIVISION SERIES – GIANTS/CUBS GM 1 FS1 Fri. 9:25 PM 1.7 2,140
8 AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ROANOKE FX Weds. 10:00 PM 1.4 1,830
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – ALABAMA/ARKANSAS ESPN Sat. 7:02 PM 1.4 1,786
SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:34 PM 1.4 1,775
MLB DIVISION SERIES – RED SOX/INDIANS GM 1 TBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,744
MLB WILD CARD – ORIOLES/BLUE JAYS TBS Tues. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,744
13 DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN Sun. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,679
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – CARDINALS/49ERS NFLN Thurs. 8:27 PM 1.3 1,676
15 MLB DIVISION SERIES – GIANTS/CUBS GM 2 MLBN Sat. 8:09 PM 1.2 1,554
SPORTSCENTER ESPN Weds. 11:27 PM 1.2 1,535
PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE MSNBC Sun. 9:04 PM 1.2 1,498
VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE CNN Tues. 9:03 PM 1.2 1,483
19 LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,418
20 THE KELLY FILE FNC Sun. 11:00 PM 1.0 1,310
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,298
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,276
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – INDIANA/OHIO ST ESPN Sat. 3:30 PM 1.0 1,240
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,223
25 VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE FNC Tues. 9:03 PM 0.9 1,153
BLACK INK CREW CHICAGO VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,115
DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN Sun. 12:00 AM 0.9 1,094

 

Top 25 cable shows in viewers for Oct. 3-9, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – GIANTS/VIKINGS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 13,167
2 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE CNN Sun. 9:03 PM 11,356
3 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE FNC Sun. 9:03 PM 9,938
4 DEBATE ANALYSIS FNC Sun. 10:37 PM 8,593
5 MLB WILD CARD – GIANTS/METS ESPN Weds. 8:00 PM 7,420
6 DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN Sun. 10:37 PM 7,054
7 VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE FNC Tues. 9:03 PM 6,117
8 MLB DIVISION SERIES – GIANTS/CUBS GM 1 FS1 Fri. 9:25 PM 5,697
9 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE MSNBC Sun. 9:04 PM 5,575
10 VP DEBATE ANALYSIS FNC Tues. 10:36 PM 5,292
11 THE KELLY FILE FNC Sun. 11:00 PM 5,177
12 MLB DIVISION SERIES – RED SOX/INDIANS GM 1 TBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 4,663
13 MLB DIVISION SERIES – GIANTS/CUBS GM 2 MLBN Sat. 8:09 PM 4,605
14 DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN Sun. 8:00 PM 4,519
15 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – ALABAMA/ARKANSAS ESPN Sat. 7:02 PM 4,444
16 MLB WILD CARD – ORIOLES/BLUE JAYS TBS Tues. 8:00 PM 4,198
17 VICE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE CNN Tues. 9:03 PM 4,172
18 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Sun. 8:00 PM 3,546
19 DEBATE ANALYSIS MSNBC SUn. 10:37 PM 3,409
20 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 3,295
21 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:34 PM 3,235
22 THE KELLY FILE FNC Tues. 11:00 PM 3,221
23 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – INDIANA/OHIO ST ESPN Sat. 3:30 PM 3,218
24 HANNITY FNC Sun. 12:00 AM 3,192
25 DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN Sun. 12:00 AM 3,169

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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