ESPN maintained its hold over the Saturday cable ratings yet again this past week.

The network’s college basketball coverage – including its broadcasts of the Kentucky vs. Auburn and Michigan vs. Wisconsin games – landed three of the night’s top 5 spots with 1.2, 0.5, and 0.4 ratings in the adults 18-49 demo. ESPN’s broadcast of the UFC Fight Night preliminaries came second in the night as well, with a 0.8 and 1.96 million viewers.

Outside of sports, A&E’s “Live PD” managed to recover from its slip the week before, and ticked back up from its previous 0.5 to a 0.7.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, January 19, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN ESPN 6:16 PM 3,764 1.2
UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS ESPN 8:13 PM 1,956 0.8
LIVE PD: 179 LIVE PD A&E 9:00 PM 2,189 0.7
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – KENTUCKY/AUBURN ESPN 3:59 PM 1,878 0.5
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – MICHIGAN/WISCONSIN ESPN 12:00 PM 1,650 0.4
AMERICAS NEWS HQ FOX NEWS 4:00 PM 3,845 0.4
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN ESPN 2:00 PM 1,422 0.4
CNN NEWSROOM CNN 4:00 PM 2,250 0.4
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 10:01 PM 785 0.4
DRAGON BALL SUPER ADULT SWIM 11:00 PM 700 0.3
THE KITCHEN AT FN FOOD 11:00 AM 1,505 0.3
PIONEER WOMAN FOOD 10:00 AM 1,458 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 12:00 AM 650 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS RENOVATION HOME 10:00 PM 1,296 0.3
HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: WINTER LOVE STORY HALLMARK 8:00 PM 2,691 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 1:00 AM 586 0.3
LOG CABIN LIVING HOME 11:00 PM 1,095 0.3
BORUTO:NARUTO NEXT GEN ADULT SWIM 11:30 PM 515 0.3
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN 2:00 AM 536 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 9:00 AM 618 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 10:00 AM 629 0.3
SPORTSCENTER LATE ESPN 11:00 PM 576 0.2
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 8:00 AM 540 0.2
AMERICAS NEWS HQ FOX NEWS 3:00 PM 2,442 0.2
COLLEGE GAMEDAY BKBL ESPN 11:00 AM 664 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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