The final day of 2018 was yet another instance of ESPN dominating the Monday cable ratings.

The leader on the New Year’s Eve chart was, unsurprisingly, a college football game. The North Carolina State Wolfpack was defeated by the Texas A&M Aggies, bringing home a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49 for ESPN. This was 0.9 lower than when the Raiders played the Broncos for the same slot last week.

In the next two slots, there were additional viewership drop-offs.  In the second slot, the Missouri Tigers battled the Oklahoma State Cowboys, scoring a 0.9 for the night. This was one-tenth lower than last week’s second slot, which had been occupied by “Monday Night Kickoff.” Rounding out the top 3 was “SportsCenter Late,” dropping down to 0.7 from last week’s “SportsCenter 12AM,” which had also taken the third slot with a 0.9.

ESPN aside, the WWE remained stuck at 0.6 for its 8 p.m. showing on USA, even if it did manage to take the fourth slot. The night’s festivities also meant that the vast majority of original cable broadcasts took the night off.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Monday, November December 31, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – NC STATE/TEXAS A&M ESPN 7:39 PM 5,142 1.4
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – MISSOURI/OKLAHOMA STATE ESPN 3:48 PM 3,830 0.9
SPORTSCENTER LATE ESPN 11:00 PM 1,936 0.7
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 8:00 PM 2,035 0.6
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – CINCINNATI/VIRGINIA TECH ESPN 12:00 PM 2,663 0.6
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 9:00 PM 2,026 0.6
NEW YEARS EVE LIVE CNN 12:23 AM 1,932 0.6
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 10:00 PM 1,843 0.5
NEW YEARS EVE LIVE W/ AC CNN 8:00 PM 1,805 0.5
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 12:00 AM 1,094 0.5
HOLIDAY BOWL – UTAH/NORTHWESTERN FOX SPORTS 7:00 PM 1,787 0.4
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 1:00 AM 820 0.4
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN 2:00 AM 718 0.3
PAW PATROL NICKELODEON 12:00 PM 1,451 0.3
TEEN MOM REUNION P2 MTV 9:01 PM 513 0.2
FIRST TAKE ESPN 10:00 AM 616 0.2
ABBY HATCHER NICKELODEON 12:30 PM 1,074 0.2
ALL AMERICAN NEW YEARS FOX NEWS 12:00 AM 1,662 0.2
HOLIDAY BOWL POST GAME FOX SPORTS 10:50 PM 758 0.2
ALL AMERICAN NEW YEARS FOX NEWS 11:00 PM 1,707 0.2
STEVEN UNIVERSE CARTOON 7:30 PM 646 0.2
SPORTSCENTER AM ESPN 7:00 AM 419 0.2
RAMPAGE (2018) HBO PRIME 8:00 PM 438 0.2
GET UP ESPN 8:00 AM 440 0.2
FIRST LOOK USA 1:46 AM 493 0.2

Source: The Nielsen Company

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