Last night’s season-opening “Monday Night Football” doubleheader easily won the Monday cable ratings this week, despite being slightly down again from its opener last year.

ESPN’s back-to-back broadcasts of the Lions vs Jets and Rams vs Raiders NFL earned the network the night’s top 2 spots with 3.8 and 3.7 ratings in the adults 18-49 demo. While these broadcasts scored significantly higher than any of the night’s other shows, they were lower than the 4.2 and 3.9s that last year’s “MNF” debut doubleheader had raked in on the network.

Elsewhere, VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” held steady with another 1.0, while USA’s “WWE Monday Night Raw” (1.0) ticked down a tenth from its previous 1.0 to a 0.9 peak rating this time around.

On AMC, both “Better Call Saul” (0.4) and “Lodge 49” (0.1) were even with what they had scored a week ago. The Discovery Channel’s “Diesel Brothers” similarly maintained a 0.4 once again. Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Orange County” returned from a week off, up one-tenth from a 0.5 to a 0.6.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Monday, September 10, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NFL REGULAR SEASON ESPN 7:08 PM 10,336 3.8
NFL REGULAR SEASON ESPN 10:16 PM 9,607 3.7
LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 8:00 PM 2,016 1.0
MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN 6:55 PM 2,638 1.0
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 9:00 PM 2,801 0.9
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 10:00 PM 2,601 0.9
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 8:00 PM 2,818 0.9
SPORTSCENTER 12AM L ESPN 1:34 AM 2,211 0.9
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,554 0.6
STREET OUTLAWS SPC DISCOVERY 8:00 PM 1,457 0.6
DIESEL BROTHERS DISCOVERY 10:02 PM 1,079 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,655 0.4
LOVE IT OR LIST IT HOME 9:00 PM 1,632 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1,667 0.4
BETTER CALL SAUL AMC 9:00 PM 1,401 0.4
MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN ESPN 5:00 PM 929 0.4
TWISTED SISTERS INVEST 10:00 PM 1,264 0.4
FLORIBAMA SHORE MTV 10:01 PM 571 0.4
EVIL LIVES HERE INVEST 9:00 PM 1,347 0.4
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 3,146 0.3
KIDS BAKING CHAMP FOOD 9:00 PM 1,205 0.3
NFL LIVE ESPN 3:30 PM 623 0.3
TEEN MOM OG MTV 9:00 PM 473 0.3
COUNTING ON TLC 9:00 PM 1,163 0.3
LAST WORD W/L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 2,737 0.3

Source: The Nielsen Company

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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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