It was a sports-heavy Christmas night in the Monday cable ratings this week. ESPN’s broadcast of the Oakland vs Philadelphia “Monday Night Football” game led with a 3.5 rating in adults 18-49, up four-tenths from what “MNF” had raked in the week before. ESPN also scored the second-highest spot of the night with its broadcast of the Philadelphia vs New York NBA basketball game, which scored a 1.2 for itself.

BBC America’s annual “Doctor Who” Christmas special managed to grab the same 0.4 as last year’s special did also, despite this year’s episode being Peter Capaldi’s highly-anticipated final appearance as the Doctor. Additionally, the NFL Network’s broadcast of the Pittsburgh vs Houston football game raked in a 0.6 with 2.3 million viewers.

Meanwhile, USA’s Christmas day broadcast of “WWE Monday Night Raw” took a minor hit, falling one-tenth from its previous 1.0 to a 0.9 peak rating in its three-hour runtime. On VH1, “Love & Hip Hop” suffered a noticeable drop as well, after falling from a 0.8 to a 0.6 this time around.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Dec. 25, 2017

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NFL REGULAR SEASON ESPN 8:15 PM 11,735 3.5
NBA REGULAR SEASON ESPN 12:00 PM 3,427 1.2
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 11:50 PM 3,324 1.2
MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN ESPN 7:30 PM 3,485 1.0
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 8:00 PM 2,948 0.9
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 10:00 PM 2,543 0.8
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 9:00 PM 2,620 0.8
NBA BASKETBALL TNT 10:43 PM 1,540 0.7
NFL LIVE L ESPN 2:41 PM 1,954 0.7
NFLN TNF FTBLL SP-SUS NFL NETWORK 7:19 PM 2,158 0.6
NFLN TNF FOOTBALL SP NFL NETWORK 4:31 PM 2,300 0.6
LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 8:00 PM 1,109 0.6
WHEN CALLS THE HEART HALLMARK 8:00 PM 3,605 0.5
NBA PRE-GAME SHOW TNT 10:30 PM 1,231 0.5
NFLN TNF POST-GAME SP NFL NETWORK 7:29 PM 1,619 0.5
AMERICAN DAD TBS 8:00 PM 863 0.4
DOCTOR WHO BBC AMERICA 9:00 PM 1,145 0.4
NFLN TNF SP PRE-KICK NFL NETWORK 4:21 PM 1,374 0.4
INSIDE THE NBA TNT 12:56 AM 868 0.4
TEEN MOM MTV 9:00 PM 671 0.3
NFLN TNF SP PRE-GM NFL NETWORK 4:00 PM 1,154 0.3
TNF POST-GAME NFL NETWORK 7:39 PM 1,024 0.3
FLORIBAMA SHORE MTV 10:01 PM 553 0.3
NBA PRE-GAME L ESPN 11:00 AM 842 0.3
HOLIDAY BAKING CHAMPION FOOD 9:00 PM 1091 0.3

 

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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