A primetime game on the NFL Network was the top show on cable (and all of TV) on Christmas Eve. The Texans-Bengals contest posted a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 6.28 million viewers, leading both categories by a comfortable margin.

Showings of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1.2) and “Elf” (1.1) performed well for Freeform, as did the first few airings of TBS and TNT’s “24 Hours of A Christmas Story” marathon.

Top 100 cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016

Show Net Time Total Viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NFL NETWORK 8:26 PM 6,278 1.9
TNF POST-GAME NFL NETWORK 11:14 PM 3,611 1.3
TNF PRE-KICK NFL NETWORK 8:00 PM 3,785 1.2
SATURDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 9:45 PM 2,845 1.2
SATURDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 7:40 PM 2,715 1.1
24 HOURS OF A XMAS STORY TBS NETWORK 10:00 PM 2,035 0.9
24 HOURS OF A XMAS STORY TBS NETWORK 8:00 PM 2,182 0.8
FAMILY GUY ADULT SWIM 11:30 PM 1,660 0.8
FAMILY GUY ADULT SWIM 11:00 PM 1,533 0.7
24 HOURS OF A XMAS STORY TBS NETWORK 12:00 AM 1,468 0.7
24HRS OF A CHRISTMS STORY TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 8:00 PM 1,804 0.6
BOBS BURGERS ADULT SWIM 10:30 PM 1,327 0.6
SATURDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 11:55 PM 1,396 0.6
24HRS OF A CHRISTMS STORY TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 10:00 PM 1,455 0.6
SATURDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 5:35 PM 1,717 0.6
BOBS BURGERS ADULT SWIM 10:00 PM 1,228 0.6
SCAVENGERS ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 1,107 0.6
NFL COUNTDOWN L ESPN 11:00 AM 1,441 0.6
NFL GAMEDAY PRIME NFL NETWORK 11:36 PM 1,539 0.6
SATURDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 11:15 AM 1,503 0.5
SPONGEBOB THE MOVIE NICKELODEON 10:00 AM 2,116 0.5
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 11:45 AM 2,105 0.5
SATURDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 12:20 PM 1,418 0.5
AMERICAN DAD ADULT SWIM 3:00 AM 975 0.5
FROZEN DISNEY CHANNEL 5:15 PM 1,866 0.5
24HRS OF A CHRISTMS STORY TURNER NETWORK TELEVISION 12:00 AM 1,106 0.5
SATURDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 3:30 PM 1,471 0.5
SATURDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 9:40 AM 1,268 0.5
AMERICAN DAD ADULT SWIM 9:30 PM 993 0.5
HALLMARK MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 12:00 PM 1,968 0.5
NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS AMC 6:00 PM 1,331 0.4
CHRISTMAS EVE MOVIE MARA FX 9:00 PM 1,304 0.4
NFL INSIDERS: SUNDAY L ESPN 10:00 AM 1,165 0.4
HALLMARK MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 12:30 AM 1,697 0.4
YOUR PRETTY FACE/HELL ADULT SWIM 3:30 AM 829 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 9:30 AM 1,792 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 4:57 AM 926 0.4
NCIS USA NETWORK 9:34 PM 2,342 0.4
CHRISTMAS EVE MOVIE MARA FX 11:00 PM 1,141 0.4
HALLMARK MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 6:00 PM 1,816 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 4:24 AM 945 0.4
CHRISTMAS EVE MOVIE MARA FX 7:00 PM 1,174 0.4
HALLMARK MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 11:00 PM 1,988 0.4
PAW PATROL NICKELODEON 8:30 AM 1,375 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 5:30 AM 919 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 9:00 AM 1,541 0.4
HALLMARK MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 2:00 PM 1,911 0.4
JOJOS BIZARRE ADVENTURE ADULT SWIM 12:15 AM 811 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 6:00 AM 883 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 3:00 PM 1,610 0.4
HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 4:00 PM 1,824 0.4
DREAM CORP LLC ADULT SWIM 3:45 AM 734 0.4
POWER RANGERS DINO SUPER NICKELODEON 12:00 PM 1,531 0.4
NCIS USA NETWORK 8:10 PM 2,174 0.4
FRIENDS NICK-AT-NITE 12:33 AM 1,047 0.4
PAW PATROL NICKELODEON 8:00 AM 1,150 0.4
NCIS USA NETWORK 10:17 PM 2,169 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 6:30 AM 847 0.4
NCIS USA NETWORK 8:52 PM 2,341 0.4
LOUD HOUSE NICKELODEON 12:30 PM 1,466 0.4
HALLMARK MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 10:00 AM 1,845 0.4
HALLMARK MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 9:30 PM 2,199 0.4
HALLMARK MOVIE HALLMARK CHANNEL 8:00 PM 2,094 0.4
CLEVELAND SHOW, THE ADULT SWIM 9:00 PM 820 0.4
FRIENDS NICK-AT-NITE 12:00 AM 1,022 0.4
INFOMERCIALS ADULT SWIM 4:00 AM 679 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 3:30 PM 1,567 0.4
LOUD HOUSE NICKELODEON 1:00 PM 1,500 0.4
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 3:51 AM 839 0.3
KING OF THE HILL ADULT SWIM 5:30 AM 687 0.3
CLEVELAND SHOW, THE ADULT SWIM 5:00 AM 668 0.3
COMEDY CENTRAL STAND-UP COMEDY CENTRAL 12:05 AM 715 0.3
INFOMERCIALS ADULT SWIM 4:15 AM 653 0.3
AQUA TEEN HUNGERFORCE ADULT SWIM 4:30 AM 649 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 4:00 PM 1,502 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 2:30 PM 1,394 0.3
JOJOS BIZARRE ADVENTURE ADULT SWIM 12:45 AM 676 0.3
SPORTSCENTER LATE L ESPN 11:53 PM 1,009 0.3
HOMICIDE HUNTER LT JOE KE INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY 11:00 AM 1,201 0.3
PAW PATROL NICKELODEON 7:30 AM 853 0.3
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR NICK-AT-NITE 1:39 AM 750 0.3
BRAD NEELYS HARG NALLIN S ADULT SWIM 4:45 AM 637 0.3
LOUD HOUSE NICKELODEON 1:30 PM 1,547 0.3
SATURDAY MOVIE FREEFORM 1:25 PM 970 0.3
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR NICK-AT-NITE 2:12 AM 743 0.3
HOMICIDE HUNTER LT JOE KE INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY 8:00 AM 983 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 2:00 PM 1,499 0.3
NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS AMC 5:30 PM 949 0.3
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME L ESPN 8:00 PM 1,359 0.3
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR NICK-AT-NITE 1:06 AM 837 0.3
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR NICK-AT-NITE 2:45 AM 852 0.3
COMEDY CENTRAL STAND-UP COMEDY CENTRAL 1:10 AM 643 0.3
NCIS USA NETWORK 7:08 PM 1,651 0.3
HOMICIDE HUNTER LT JOE KE INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY 10:00 AM 1,094 0.3
TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGO DISNEY CHANNEL 9:30 AM 1,466 0.3
HOMICIDE HUNTER LT JOE KE INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY 7:00 AM 914 0.3
COMEDY CENTRAL STAND-UP COMEDY CENTRAL 11:00 PM 719 0.3
BUBBLE GUPPIES NICKELODEON 7:00 AM 719 0.3
TEEN TITANS GO THE CARTOON NETWORK 11:30 AM 1,212 0.3
HOMICIDE HUNTER LT JOE KE INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY 6:00 AM 916 0.3

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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