Another Monday during football season means another strong showing for ESPN.
For the last few weeks, ESPN and the NFL have held a monopoly on the top 3 slots for Monday night. Christmas Eve was no different, with the broadcast of the Oakland Raiders playing the Denver Broncos claiming victory by a solid margin, with a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49. Despite the gulf between the game and the rest of the top 3, however, there was a difference of 1.7 from last week’s New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers broadcast.
In the next two slots, there were also losses in viewership. “Monday Night Kickoff” was back in second place with a 1.0 rating, which was down 0.3 from its last Monday broadcast. This was a continuation of a slow but steady downward trend. “SportsCenter 12AM” in third place also suffered, dropping from 1.4 in the 18-49 demographic down to a 0.9. The rest of the top 5 was, as usual, filled out by the WWE, although its 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. showings fell from 0.9 to 0.6.
“Love and Hip Hop” on VH1 stumbled all the way down to 0.4, from its previous score of 0.7. Not even “Holiday Baking Championship” on Food Network could withstand the holiday drop-off, hemorrhaging 0.2 to land at 0.3.
Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Monday, November December 24, 2018
|Show||Net||Time||Total viewers (000s)||18-49 rating|
|NFL REGULAR SEASON – DENVER/OAKLAND||ESPN||8:13 PM||8,597||2.3|
|MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF||ESPN||8:00 PM||3,911||1.0|
|SPORTSCENTER 12AM||ESPN||11:20 PM||2,831||0.9|
|WWE ENTERTAINMENT||USA||8:00 PM||1,752||0.6|
|WWE ENTERTAINMENT||USA||9:00 PM||1,789||0.6|
|WWE ENTERTAINMENT||USA||10:00 PM||1,784||0.5|
|MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN||ESPN||6:00 PM||1,387||0.5|
|LOVE AND HIP HOP||VH1||8:00 PM||903||0.4|
|NFL LIVE||ESPN||4:30 PM||796||0.3|
|TEEN MOM REUNION P1||MTV||9:00 PM||497||0.3|
|SPORTSCENTER 12AM||ESPN||1:30 AM||707||0.3|
|HOLIDAY BAKING CHAMPION||FOOD||9:00 PM||1,080||0.3|
|FIRST TAKE||ESPN||10:00 AM||677||0.2|
|STEVEN UNIVERSE||CARTOON||7:30 PM||741||0.2|
|NFL PRIMETIME||ESPN||3:30 PM||627||0.2|
|SPORTSCENTER AM||ESPN||1:00 PM||574||0.2|
|THE A&E MOVIE||A&E||8:00 PM||513||0.2|
|ANCIENT ALIENS AC||HISTORY||12:03 AM||722||0.2|
|SPORTSCENTER AM||ESPN||12:00 PM||587||0.2|
|GET UP||ESPN||8:00 AM||501||0.2|
|NBA: THE JUMP||ESPN||2:00 PM||470||0.2|
|FOX AND FRIENDS||FOX NEWS||8:00 AM||1,700||0.2|
|CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST||USA||10:29 AM||424||0.2|
|AT THIS HOUR SPCL||CNN||11:00 AM||1,006||0.1|
|INSIDE POLITICS SPECIAL||CNN||12:00 PM||984||0.1|
Source: The Nielsen Company