ESPN’s broadcast of this year’s Heisman trophy presentation took the top spot in the Saturday cable ratings last week, and scored a 0.9 rating in adults 18-49 with 2.93 million viewers. A&E’s “Live PD” came second with a 0.7, up a tenth from the 0.6 it had scored the previous Saturday.

On the Travel Channel, “Ghost Adventures” took a minor hit, falling from its previous 0.3 to a 0.2, while the HBO premiere of “Ready Player One” raked in a 0.4 with 1.09 million viewers. This was slightly below what the “Rampage” premiere (0.5, 1.56 million) had posted on the network the week before.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, December 8, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
HEISMAN TROPHY – S ESPN 8:00 PM 2,928 0.9
LIVE PD: 169 LIVE PD A&E 9:00 PM 2,128 0.7
TOP RANK BOXING – VASILIY LOMACHENKO/JOSE PEDRAZA ESPN 9:12 PM 1,865 0.6
HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: HOMEGROWN CHRISTMAS HALLMARK 8:00 PM 3,806 0.5
NCAA FOOTBALL – COLGATE/NORTH DAKOTA ST ESPN 12:00 PM 1,806 0.5
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 7:39 PM 1,291 0.5
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 12:35 AM 1,121 0.4
READY PLAYER ONE HBO 8:00 PM 1,092 0.4
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – YALE/DUKE ESPN 5:36 PM 1,134 0.4
LIVE PD AC A&E 8:06 PM 1,328 0.4
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN 9:00 AM 985 0.3
UFC PPV PRELIMS – HOLLOWAY/ORTEGA FOX SPORTS 1 8:00 PM 786 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 1:01 AM 740 0.3
THE KITCHEN AT FN FOOD 11:00 AM 1,393 0.3
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – GEORGETOWN/SYRACUSE ESPN 3:30 PM 777 0.3
COLL BKBL SCOREBOARD ESPN 2:57 PM 964 0.3
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN 2:00 AM 579 0.2
KILLER UNKNOWN INVEST 10:00 PM 1,045 0.2
GHOST ADVENTURES TRAVEL 9:00 PM 650 0.2
PIONEER WOMAN FOOD 10:00 AM 1,245 0.2
NFL MATCH-UP ESPN 3:00 AM 487 0.2
DRAGON BALL SUPER ADULT SWIM 11:00 PM 498 0.2
GUYS RANCH KITCHEN FOOD 12:30 PM 981 0.2
TRISHAS SOUTHERN KITCHEN FOOD 12:00 PM 1,135 0.2
TOTAL DRAMARAMA CARTOON 9:00 AM 725 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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