Once again, it was ESPN that took the top spot in the Saturday cable ratings. However, unlike the NFL wild card game that put the network on top the week before, it was college basketball that won the night this time around.

ESPN’s broadcast of the Duke vs. Florida State basketball game led with a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 2.28 million viewers. The earlier game between Louisville and North Carolina landed a little lower with a 0.5 and 1.41 million viewers, while A&E’s “Live PD” came second in the night with a 0.5 as well, down a tenth from the 0.6 it had scored the previous Saturday.

Elsewhere, the HBO premiere of “Ocean’s 8” posted a 0.4 with 1.25 million viewers, making it one of the network’s highest-rated movie premieres in recent months.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, January 12, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – DUKE/FLORIDA STATE ESPN 2:05 PM 2,275 0.7
LIVE PD: 177 LIVE PD A&E 9:00 PM 1,782 0.5
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – LOUISVILLE/NORTH CAROLINA ESPN 12:00 PM 1,409 0.5
HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: ONE WINTER PROPOSAL HALLMARK 8:00 PM 2,928 0.4
OCEANS 8 HBO 8:01 PM 1,245 0.4
NFL PRIMETIME ESPN 12:00 AM 833 0.4
NFL COUNTDOWN ESPN 10:00 AM 888 0.3
THE KITCHEN AT FN FOOD 11:00 AM 1,512 0.3
DRAGON BALL SUPER ADULT SWIM 11:00 PM 677 0.3
TRISHAS SOUTHERN KITCHEN FOOD 12:00 PM 1,342 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 1:00 AM 658 0.3
PIONEER WOMAN FOOD 10:00 AM 1,295 0.3
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN 2:00 AM 566 0.3
SPORTSCENTER LATE ESPN 11:00 PM 638 0.3
HENRY DANGER NICKELODEON 8:00 PM 1,108 0.3
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN ESPN 4:24 PM 718 0.2
GHOST ADVENTURES TRAVEL 9:00 PM 595 0.2
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 9:00 AM 553 0.2
THE OFFICE NICK-AT-NITE 10:30 PM 550 0.2
OCEANS 8 HBO 10:56 PM 587 0.2
PREMIER LEAGUE – LIVERPOOL/BRIGHTON NBC SPORTS 9:57 AM 545 0.2
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN ESPN 6:21 PM 656 0.2
KING OF QUEENS NICK-AT-NITE 3:18 AM 553 0.2
BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GEN ADULT SWIM 11:30 PM 531 0.2
KING OF QUEENS NICK-AT-NITE 3:52 AM 519 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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