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.