It was a sports-heavy night in the Friday cable ratings last week.

ESPN’s coverage of the US Tennis Open led the night with a 0.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 1.95 million viewers. ESPN scored the second-highest spot of the night as well, with the network’s broadcast of the Western Kentucky vs Wisconsin scoring a 0.4.

Meanwhile, MTV’s back-to-back episodes of “Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out” grabbed matching 0.3s, fairly in line with their previous episodes. MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” (0.2) led cable news for the night yet again as well.

Outside of the top 25, SyFy’s “Killjoys” was even with yet another 0.1, but was down slightly in total viewers from 398,000 to 378,000 this time around. “Wynonna Earp” (0.1) was similarly steady, also on SyFy.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Friday, August 31, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
TENNIS: US OPEN PRIME L ESPN 7:11 PM 1,951 0.5
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME ESPN 9:22 PM 1,409 0.4
NICK CANNON WILD N OUT MTV 10:00 PM 538 0.3
LIVE PD AC A&E 8:00 PM 982 0.3
NICK CANNON WILD N OUT MTV 10:31 PM 533 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1,340 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 12AM L ESPN 12:25 AM 608 0.2
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,771 0.2
SAFEWORD SSN 2 MTV 11:02 PM 425 0.2
DINERS, DRIVE-INS, & DIVES FOOD 9:00 PM 816 0.2
KILLER CLOSER, THE INVEST 10:00 PM 960 0.2
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,254 0.2
ANCIENT ALIENS: ARTIFICIAL HISTORY 8:00 PM 902 0.2
TINY PARADISE HOME 9:00 PM 1,184 0.2
IN SEARCH OF HISTORY 10:03 PM 793 0.2
BET REMEMBERS ARETHA BET 10:00 AM 964 0.2
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 1:30 AM 437 0.2
SITUATION ROOM CNN 5:00 PM 1,107 0.2
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME ESPN2 8:59 PM 688 0.2
BATTLEBOTS DISCOVERY 8:00 PM 757 0.2
ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 1,011 0.2
LAST WORD W/L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 2,146 0.2
SITUATION ROOM CNN 6:00 PM 1,132 0.2
HANNITY SPECIAL FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 2,260 0.2
COLL FOOTBALL: PAC 12 FOX SPORTS 8:59 PM 596 0.2

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys, rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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