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