Another Monday, another strong showing for ESPN and the NFL.

For the third week in a row, ESPN held a trifecta in the top 3 slots of the night. The victor, by a significant margin, was their broadcast of the New Orleans Saints playing the Carolina Panthers, resulting in a 4.0 rating in adults 18-49. This was a 0.5 improvement over last week’s big game, in which the Seattle Seahawks squared off against the Minnesota Vikings.

The next two slots didn’t share quite the same jump. “SportsCenter 12AM” climbed 0.3 to a 1.4 rating, but managed to beat “Monday Night Kickoff” to the second spot. “Kickoff,” ESPN’s pregame series, instead actually dropped, decreasing from 1.4 to 1.3, following a slow but steady downward trend. The rest of the top 5 was filled out by the WWE’s 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. showings, both of which ticked up to 0.9.

“Love and Hip Hop” on VH1 tumbled from the top 5 when it lost one-tenth of its viewership, resulting in a 0.7 score. Discovery Channel’s “Street Outlaws: Memphis” regained the ground it lost last week, fighting its way back up 0.1 to stand at 0.4. “Holiday Baking Championship” on Food Network held its typical 0.5 score, while “Christmas Cookie Challenge” on the same network also maintained its 0.3.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Monday, November December 17, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NFL REGULAR SEASON – NEW ORLEANS/CAROLINA ESPN 8:13 PM 13,006 4.0
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 11:21 PM 3,673 1.4
MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN 8:00 PM 4,535 1.3
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 8:00 PM 2,717 0.9
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 9:00 PM 2,558 0.9
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 10:00 PM 2,367 0.8
LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 8:00 PM 1,479 0.7
TEEN MOM MTV 9:00 PM 1,006 0.6
HOLIDAY BAKING CHAMPION FOOD 9:00 PM 1,958 0.5
MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN ESPN 6:00 PM 1,165 0.4
T.I. & TINY:FAMILY HUSTLE VH1 9:01 PM 973 0.4
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 1:30 AM 936 0.4
STREET OUTLAWS: MEMPHIS DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 1,063 0.4
T.I. & TINY:FAMILY HUSTLE VH1 10:01 PM 820 0.4
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 3,015 0.3
CHRISTMAS COOKIE CHLG FOOD 10:00 PM 1,353 0.3
TEEN MOM:YOUNG & PREG MTV 10:03 PM 573 0.3
LOVE IT OR LIST IT HOME 9:00 PM 1,228 0.3
PEOPLE MAG INVESTIGATES INVESTIGATION 10:00 PM 1,075 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 826 0.3
CUOMO PRIME TIME CNN 9:00 PM 1,187 0.2
LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 2,208 0.2
FIRST TAKE ESPN 10:00 AM 546 0.2
DAILY SHOW COMEDY 11:00 PM 713 0.2
CNN TONIGHT CNN 11:00 PM 879 0.2

Source: The Nielsen Company

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