It was a sports-heavy night in the Saturday cable ratings. However, it was A&E’s “Live PD” that held onto the top spot of the night, maintaining its previous 0.7 rating in adults 18-49 for the third week in a row.

The NFL Network’s continued preseason coverage followed closely behind and scored several of the night’s other top spots, with its broadcasts of the Bengals vs Cowboys, Raiders vs Rams, and Seahawks vs Chargers games scoring 0.5 and 0.4s. Those numbers are in line with the network’s previous preseason broadcasts this year.

Meanwhile, NBC Sports’ coverage of the NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol snuck into the top 3 of the night as well, with a 0.4 and 2.33 million viewers. HBO’s premiere of “Darkest Hour” scored a 0.2.

Outside of the top 25, the Disney Channel’s “DuckTales” managed to tick up one-tenth from its previous 0.1 to a 0.2, as did “Big Hero 6: The TV Series” (0.2).

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, August 18, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
LIVE PD: 141 LIVE PD A&E 9:00 PM 2,035 0.7
NFL PRESEASON (LIVE) NFL NETWORK 7:03 PM 1,632 0.5
NASCAR CUP SERIES RACE NBC SPORTS 6:52 PM 2,326 0.4
NFL PRESEASON (LIVE) NFL NETWORK 4:07 PM 1,476 0.4
NFL PRESEASON (LIVE) NFL NETWORK 10:06 PM 1,142 0.4
LIVE PD AC A&E 8:06 PM 1,059 0.3
DRAGON BALL SUPER ADULT 10:30 PM 704 0.3
NFL PRESEASON (LIVE) NFL NETWORK 1:00 PM 1,069 0.3
NASCAR CUP SERIES START NBC SPORTS 6:33 PM 1,474 0.3
POOL KINGS HOME 11:00 PM 984 0.3
BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HOME 10:00 PM 1,241 0.3
GHOST ADV POP-UPS TRAVEL 9:00 PM 682 0.3
POOL KINGS HOME 11:30 PM 903 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 12:00 PM 627 0.3
FATAL VOWS INVEST 10:00 PM 944 0.2
LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES ESPN 8:10 PM 1,148 0.2
PIONEER WOMAN FOOD 10:00 AM 1,288 0.2
ATTACK ON TITAN ADULT 11:00 PM 517 0.2
DARKEST HOUR HBO 8:00 PM 935 0.2
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 11:00 AM 552 0.2
HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE HALLMARK 9:00 PM 2,059 0.2
TRISHAS SOUTHERN KITCHEN FOOD 10:30 AM 1,098 0.2
TOP RANK BOXING L ESPN 10:00 PM 686 0.2
KITCHEN AT FN, THE FOOD 11:00 AM 1,109 0.2
HAUNTED TOWNS TRAVEL 10:00 PM 539 0.2

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Alex Welch

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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