It was the Discovery Channel’s “Gold Rush” that topped the Friday cable ratings this week.

The long-running unscripted series beat the night’s other cable shows in the adults 18-49 demo with a 0.6 rating, up one-tenth from its previous episode’s 0.5. The first part of A&E’s “Live PD: Top 40 Moments of 2019” special grabbed the night’s no. 2 spot with a 0.5 rating, while Discovery’s “Gold Rush: White Water” rounded out the night’s top 3 with a 0.4, also up one-tenth week-to-week.

Elsewhere, ESPN’s broadcast of the Dallas vs. Philadelphia NBA game placed fourth in the night with a 0.4 and 1.14 million viewers. Freeform’s broadcast of the annual “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” Christmas special followed closely behind with a 0.4 as well.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Friday, December 20, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
GOLD RUSH DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 2,554 0.6
LIVE PD SPECIALS: TOP 40 MOMENTS 2019 (PT1) A&E 9:00 PM 1,761 0.5
GOLD RUSH: WHITE WATER DISCOVERY 10:02 PM 1,823 0.4
NBA REGULAR SEASON – DALLAS/PHILADELPHIA ESPN 8:13 PM 1,136 0.4
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER FREEFORM 8:15 PM 1,343 0.4
LIVE PD AC A&E 8:00 PM 1,163 0.4
NBA COURTSIDE ESPN 8:00 PM 884 0.4
LIVE PD SPECIALS A&E 11:04 PM 1,099 0.3
SPORTSCENTER LATE ESPN 10:34 PM 729 0.3
FROSTY THE SNOWMAN FREEFORM 7:45 PM 1,098 0.3
LIVE PD SPECIALS A&E 12:03 AM 931 0.3
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – UTAH STATE/KENT STATE ESPN2 7:30 PM 1,248 0.3
SANTA CLAUS/COMING TO TOWN FREEFORM 6:40 PM 846 0.3
NBA PRE-GAME ESPN 7:00 PM 638 0.3
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 12:00 AM 647 0.3
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 3,278 0.2
MY LOTTERY DREAM H REPACK HOME 9:00 PM 1,265 0.2
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 10:00 PM 736 0.2
LIVE PD AC A&E 1:03 AM 712 0.2
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 9:00 PM 816 0.2
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 12:00 AM 516 0.2
THE FIVE FOX NEWS 5:00 PM 2,993 0.2
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,635 0.2
TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT FREEFORM 11:25 PM 529 0.2
SPECIAL RPT WITH BRET BAIER FOX NEWS 6:00 PM 2,423 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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