Another Friday in the midst of a holiday meant another great night for ESPN.

The cable network managed to capture the top 7 slots of the night, with the highest performer being the Iowa State Cyclones getting defeated by the Washington State Cougars. The ESPN broadcast received a 1.4 in adults 18-49, scoring 0.6 higher than the Pelicans vs. Lakers game at the top of last week’s chart.  In the second slot, the West Virginia Mountaineers played Syracuse Orange for a 1.2 rating. Finally, to round out the top 3, “SportsCenter 12AM” came in at 0.9.

Outside of ESPN, “Gold Rush” aired a special on Discovery Channel at 0.3, down 0.3 from the score of its regular broadcast last week. A&E’s “Live PD AC” fell one-tenth down to 0.3, which was also how “House Hunters Family” on HGTV rated.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Friday, December 28, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – IOWA STATE/WASHINGTON STATE ESPN 9:00 PM 5,547 1.4
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – WEST VIRGINIA/SYRACUSE ESPN 5:15 PM 4,828 1.2
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 12:40 AM 2,529 0.9
COLL FTBL SCOREBOARD ESPN 4:59 PM 2,726 0.7
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – PURDUE/AUBURN ESPN 1:30 PM 2,573 0.6
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 1:00 AM 1,258 0.5
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN 2:00 AM 768 0.3
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 9:00 PM 1,095 0.3
GOLD RUSH: THE DIRT SPC DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 1,468 0.3
LIVE PD AC A&E 8:00 PM 1,046 0.3
90 DAY FIANCE: 1ST LOOK TLC 9:00 PM 930 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS FAMILY HOME 10:00 PM 1,240 0.3
LOVE AFTER LOCKUP WETV 9:00 PM 744 0.3
GOLD RUSH:WHITE WATER SPC DISCOVERY 10:02 PM 1,009 0.3
RUPAUL ALL STARS 4 VH1 8:00 PM 632 0.3
LIVE PD AC A&E 12:00 AM 799 0.3
RIDICULOUSNESS MTV 8:31 PM 557 0.3
SECRETS OF THE MORGUE INVESTIGATION 10:00 PM 907 0.2
RIDICULOUSNESS MTV 8:00 PM 554 0.2
SPORTSCENTER AM ESPN 12:00 PM 603 0.2
GHOST ADV REPACK: INNS OF THE DEAD TRAVEL 9:00 PM 484 0.2
ANCIENT ALIENS HISTORY 9:02 PM 897 0.2
EXTREME LOVE WETV 10:00 PM 450 0.2
ANCIENT ALIENS HISTORY 1:05 AM 640 0.2
FIRST TAKE ESPN 10:00 AM 456 0.2

Source: The Nielsen Company.

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