ESPN won the top 12 spots of the Saturday cable ratings last week, with its live college football playoff coverage.

The network’s broadcast of the Oklahoma vs. Alabama game took the no. 1 spot of the night with a 5.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 18.49 million viewers, while the earlier Notre Dame vs. Clemson game landed a little lower with a 4.2 and 16.28 million viewers. But while those are huge ratings, they’re not quite on par with the 7.6 and 6.3s that the college football playoffs were scoring last year.

In addition, ESPN’s broadcast of the Florida vs. Michigan Peach Bowl game raked in a 2.0. Outside of sports, the HBO premiere of “Life of the Party” posted a 0.3 with 1.07 million viewers, putting it in line with the network’s other, recent movie premieres.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, December 29, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
CFP SEMIFINAL – OKLAHOMA/ALABAMA ESPN 8:10 PM 18,494 5.3
ORANGE BOWL SUST ESPN 11:28 PM 16,072 4.9
COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN 7:57 PM 16,230 4.4
CFP SEMIFINAL – NOTRE DAME/CLEMSON ESPN 4:10 PM 16,284 4.2
COTTON BOWL SUST ESPN 7:36 PM 15,150 4.0
COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN 3:57 PM 11,799 2.9
COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN 11:52 PM 8,302 2.7
COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN 3:34 PM 9,806 2.6
PEACH BOWL – FLORIDA/MICHIGAN ESPN 12:00 PM 8,366 2.0
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 12:06 AM 3,591 1.4
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 1:12 AM 1,816 0.8
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN 2:12 AM 1,144 0.5
UFC PPV PRELIMS – JONES/GUSTAFSSON 2 FOX SPORTS 1 8:00 PM 1,148 0.5
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN 9:00 AM 1,586 0.5
NFL MATCH-UP ESPN 3:12 AM 828 0.4
LIFE OF THE PARTY HBO 8:00 PM 1,071 0.3
HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: A MIDNIGHT KISS HALLMARK 8:00 PM 2,308 0.3
THE KITCHEN AT FN FOOD 11:00 AM 1,273 0.3
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN ESPN2 2:01 PM 1,093 0.2
LOG CABIN LIVING HOME 10:00 PM 1,283 0.2
LOG CABIN LIVING HOME 10:30 PM 1,174 0.2
TRISHAS SOUTHERN KITCHEN FOOD 12:00 PM 1,072 0.2
COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN2 4:00 PM 963 0.2
DEADLY DECEPTION INVEST 9:00 PM 983 0.2
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 8:00 AM 589 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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