Live football dominated the Saturday cable ratings for the second week in a row.

The NFL Network’s broadcast of the Baltimore Ravens vs. Los Angeles Chargers game led the night with a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49, up a tenth from the 2.2 that the Cleveland vs. Denver game had scored the Saturday before. Meanwhile, the earlier game between Washington and Tennessee came second in the night with a 1.6, followed by the network’s usual pre-kick (1.6) special.

ESPN landed fairly high in the chart as well, with its broadcasts of the Houston Cougars vs. Army Black Knights (0.6) and Memphis vs. Wake Forest (0.6) college football games placing sixth and seventh in the top 25. Elsewhere, part 2 of the “Live PD: Top 40 Moments of 2018” special raked in a 0.5 with 1.79 million viewers on A&E.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, December 22, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NFL FOOTBALL 2018 WK 16 – BAL VS. LAC NFL NETWORK 8:21 PM 8,207 2.3
NFL FOOTBALL 2018 WK 16 – WAS VS. TEN NFL NETWORK 4:31 PM 6,191 1.6
NFL PRE-KICK NFL NETWORK 8:00 PM 5,609 1.6
NFL POST-GAME NFL NETWORK 7:15 PM 5,482 1.6
NFL POST-GAME NFL NETWORK 11:18 PM 3,334 1.2
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – HOUSTON/ARMY ESPN 3:42 PM 2,577 0.6
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – MEMPHIS/WAKE FOREST ESPN 12:00 PM 2,533 0.6
HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE HALLMARK 8:00 PM 3,345 0.5
LIVE PD SPECIALS: TOP 40 MOMENTS 2018 PT2 A&E 9:00 PM 1,790 0.5
NFL TOTAL ACCESS NFL NETWORK 11:47 PM 1,239 0.5
NFL PRE-KICK NFL NETWORK 4:00 PM 1,571 0.4
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – BUFFALO/TROY ESPN 7:00 PM 1,698 0.4
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – HAWAII/LOUISIANA TECH ESPN 10:34 PM 1,159 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 11:00 AM 764 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 10:00 AM 692 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 9:00 AM 667 0.3
NFL GAMEDAY KICKOFF NFL NETWORK 3:30 PM 810 0.2
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN 2:15 AM 568 0.2
GUYS RANCH KITCHEN FOOD 12:30 PM 901 0.2
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 8:00 AM 542 0.2
TOTAL DRAMARAMA CARTOON 9:00 AM 700 0.2
CNN NEWSROOM CNN 12:00 PM 1,260 0.2
SPORTSCENTER LATE ESPN2 11:09 PM 517 0.2
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – KANSAS/ARIZONA STATE ESPN2 9:08 PM 814 0.2
HOUSE HUNTERS RENOVATION HOME 10:00 PM 933 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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