A pair of NFL games dominated the Saturday cable ratings last week.

The NFL Network’s broadcast of the Cleveland vs. Denver game took the no. 1 spot of the night with a 2.2 rating in adults 18-49 with 7.29 million viewers. The network’s pre and post-game specials (1.5, 1.4) rounded out the night’s top 3, while the earlier Houston vs. New York Jets game landed fourth with a 1.2 and 4.76 million viewers.

Outside of sports, A&E’s “Live PD” scored a 0.6, back down a tenth from the 0.7 it had posted the Saturday before. On HBO, the premiere of “Blockers” raked in a 0.3 with 728,000 viewers, slightly below the previous week’s “Ready Player One” premiere (0.4, 1.09 million).

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, December 15, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NFL FOOTBALL: 2018 WK 15 CLE VS. DEN NFL NETWORK 8:23 PM 7,292 2.2
NFL PRE-KICK NFL NETWORK 8:00 PM 4,919 1.5
NFL POST-GAME NFL NETWORK 7:42 PM 4,779 1.4
NFL FOOTBALL: 2018 WK 15 HOU VS. NYJ NFL NETWORK 4:31 PM 4,762 1.2
NFL POST-GAME NFL NETWORK 11:30 PM 3,343 1.2
LIVE PD: 172 LIVE PD A&E 9:00 PM 1,878 0.6
NFL TOTAL ACCESS NFL NETWORK 11:58 PM 1,374 0.5
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – GONZAGA/NORTH CAROLINA ESPN2 7:03 PM 1,466 0.4
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – VILLANOVA/KANSAS ESPN 12:00 PM 1,386 0.4
HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: ENTERTAINING CHRISTMAS HALLMARK 8:00 PM 2,713 0.4
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – MIDDLE TENNESSEE/APPALACHIAN STATE ESPN 9:00 PM 1,371 0.4
NFL PRE-KICK NFL NETWORK 4:00 PM 1,305 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 11:00 AM 718 0.3
BLOCKERS HBO 8:15 PM 728 0.3
COLL FTBL REG SSN SUST ESPN 8:47 PM 1,210 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 12:10 AM 689 0.3
WMNS COLL VBALL TOURN – NEBRASKA/STANFORD ESPN2 9:05 PM 938 0.3
PIONEER WOMAN FOOD 10:00 AM 1,409 0.3
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – UTAH STATE/NORTH TEXAS ESPN 2:19 PM 968 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 10:00 AM 643 0.3
HMM ORIGINAL MOVIE: NORTHERN LIGHTS OF XMAS HALLMARK 9:00 PM 2,116 0.2
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN 2:00 AM 499 0.2
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 9:00 AM 586 0.2
TRISHAS SOUTHERN KITCHEN FOOD 12:00 PM 1,088 0.2
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – GEORGIA SOUTHERN/EASTERN MICHIGAN ESPN 5:38 PM 986 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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