“Monday Night Football” was the leader by a large margin in the cable rankings for Dec. 12-18.

With “The Walking Dead” now on hiatus, “MNF’s” 4.2 rating was more than three times higher than its closest competitors (the post-game “SportsCenter” on Monday, “Love & Hip Hop” and a Saturday game on NFL Network).

The game had a similarly big lead in viewers, as its 12.92 million was nearly triple the 4.59 million for the No. 2 program, Hallmark’s movie “My Christmas Love.”

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Dec. 12-18, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – RAVENS/PATRIOTS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 4.2 5,360
2 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:57 PM 1.3 1,730
LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 1.3 1,690
NFL FOOTBALL – DOLPHINS/JETS NFLN Sat. 8:27 PM 1.3 1,669
5 LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,548
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – RAMS/SEAHAWKS NFLN Thurs. 8:27 PM 1.2 1,523
7 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,377
8 GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,313
FROZEN FRFM Sun. 7:20 PM 1.0 1,297
NFL POSTGAME NFLN Sat. 11:28 PM 1.0 1,278
11 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,216
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,185
STREET OUTLAWS DISC Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,163
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,141
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:00 PM 0.9 1,139
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:30 PM 0.9 1,107
FAMILY GUY ADSM Sat. 11:30 PM 0.9 1,104
FAMILY GUY ADSM Tues. 11:30 PM 0.9 1,099
19 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,051
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 9:30 PM 0.8 1,041
FAMILY GUY ADSM Tues. 11:00 PM 0.8 1,035
FROZEN FRFM Sat. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,026
THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,016
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Fri. 10:00 PM 0.8 1,011
FAMILY GUY ADSM Sat. 11:00 PM 0.8 1,002
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 10:00 PM 0.8 996
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Fri. 10:30 PM 0.8 989
FAMILY GUY ADSM Thurs. 11:30 PM 0.8 983
FAMILY GUY ADSM Mon. 11:30 PM 0.8 977
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 8:30 PM 0.8 972
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Tues. 10:00 PM 0.8 963

 

Top 25 cable shows in viewers for Dec. 12-18, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – RAVENS/PATRIOTS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 12,923
2 MY CHRISTMAS LOVE HALL Sat. 8:00 PM 4,594
3 NFL FOOTBALL – DOLPHINS/JETS NFLN Sat. 8:27 PM 4,385
4 SLEIGH BELLS RING HALL Sun. 8:00 PM 4,172
5 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 3,704
6 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 3,593
7 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 3,588
8 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:57 PM 3,350
9 GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 3,346
10 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Mon. 6:00 PM 3,048
11 THE KELLY FILE FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,040
12 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – RAMS/SEAHAWKS NFLN Thurs. 8:27 PM 2,958
13 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,953
14 THE KELLY FILE FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,943
15 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Thurs. 6:00 PM 2,938
16 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 2,932
17 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 7:00 PM 2,900
18 NFL POSTGAME NFLN Sat. 11:28 PM 2,893
19 ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER DISC Sun. 9:00 PM 2,847
20 THE KELLY FILE FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,845
21 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 2,818
22 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Tues. 6:00 PM 2,784
23 THE FIVE FNC Mon. 5:00 PM 2,782
24 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Fri. 8:00 PM 2,764
25 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 7:00 PM 2,739

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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