The season 9 premiere of the Discovery Channel’s “Gold Rush” scored second place in the Friday cable ratings last week with a 0.6 in adults 18-49, down a tenth from its premiere last year. But it was the MLB playoffs that took the no. 1 spot of the night yet again, as Fox Sports’ broadcast of the first league championship series game between the Dodgers and the Brewers posted a 1.1 and 4.64 million viewers.

A&E’s “Live PD” rounded out the top 3, despite ticking down from the 0.6 it had scored last Friday to a 0.5 this time around. Meanwhile, ESPN’s broadcast of the NCAA football game between South Florida and Tulsa scored a 0.3, as did ESPN2’s broadcast of the Lakers vs. Golden State NBA pre-season game.

On HBO, “Real Time with Bill Maher” was steady with a 0.3 for the second week in a row.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Friday, October 12, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
MLB NL CHAMPIONS SERIES L: LA DODGERS/MILWAUKEE FOX SPORTS 1 8:00 PM 4,639 1.1
GOLD RUSH DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 2,353 0.6
LIVE PD: 150 LIVE PD A&E 9:00 PM 1,704 0.5
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME L: SOUTH FLORIDA/TULSA ESPN 6:59 PM 1,170 0.3
NBA PRE-SEASON L: LA LAKERS/GOLDEN STATE ESPN2 10:32 PM 867 0.3
MLB NLCS POST GAME L FOX SPORTS 12:14 AM 1,108 0.3
REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER HBO 10:01 PM 1,742 0.3
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME L: ARIZONA/UTAH ESPN 10:30 PM 1,011 0.3
MY LOTTERY DREAM HOME HOME 9:00 PM 1,630 0.3
GOLD RUSH: THE DIRT DISCOVERY 8:00 PM 1,214 0.3
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 9:00 PM 834 0.3
RIDICULOUSNESS MTV 8:31 PM 553 0.2
LIVE PD AC A&E 8:06 PM 868 0.2
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 2,693 0.2
PAW PATROL NICKELODEON 12:00 PM 1,145 0.2
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,489 0.2
IN PLAIN SIGHT INVEST 11:00 PM 877 0.2
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 688 0.2
HIGHLY QUESTIONABLE ESPN 4:30 PM 482 0.2
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 2,754 0.2
LOUD HOUSE NICKELODEON 6:00 PM 1,142 0.2
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,183 0.2
SPORTSCENTER EARLY ESPN 6:00 PM 515 0.2
THE FIVE FOX NEWS 5:00 PM 2,478 0.2
RIDICULOUSNESS MTV 8:00 PM 456 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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