ESPN stayed on top of the Saturday cable ratings, with its coverage of the NFL Wild Card game raking in a 2.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 8.22 million viewers. The network’s pre-game kickoff special placed second in the chart with a 1.0 rating, while “SportsCenter” rounded out the night’s top 3 with a 0.8.

On A&E, “Live PD” posted a 0.5 rating with 1.71 million viewers, down just a bit from the 0.6 rating that its last Saturday broadcast scored. Meanwhile, the finale of Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly – Part 2: The Reckoning” scored a 0.3 rating, which puts it a tick below the 0.4 ratings that most of its previous installments scored earlier in the week.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, January 4, 2020

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NFL WILDCARD ESPN 4:34 PM 8,215 2.5
NFL WILD CARD KICKOFF ESPN 4:20 PM 3,388 1.0
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 8:21 PM 2,440 0.8
LIVE PD: 262 LIVE PD A&E 9:00 PM 1,713 0.5
NFL COUNTDOWN ESPN 3:00 PM 1,859 0.5
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI/TULANE ESPN 11:30 AM 1,735 0.4
NFL COUNTDOWN ESPN 10:30 AM 1,043 0.4
NFL REWIND ESPN 12:00 AM 992 0.4
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN ESPN 8:33 PM 841 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 1:00 AM 756 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 10:00 AM 701 0.3
SPORTSCENTER LATE ESPN 11:00 PM 799 0.3
SURVIVING R. KELLY LIFETIME 8:00 PM 708 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 11:00 AM 960 0.3
THE KITCHEN AT FN FOOD 11:00 AM 1,311 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 9:00 AM 632 0.3
HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: WINTER IN VAIL HALLMARK 9:00 PM 2,539 0.3
HOPELESSLY IN LOVE: 101 LISA LOPES AND ANDRE RISON LIFETIME 9:30 PM 631 0.2
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN 2:00 AM 577 0.2
TRISHAS SOUTHERN KITCHEN FOOD 12:00 PM 1,154 0.2
MY HERO ACADEMIA ADULT SWIM 11:00 PM 538 0.2
PIONEER WOMAN FOOD 10:00 AM 949 0.2
FOX & FRIENDS SATURDAY FOX NEWS 9:00 AM 2,386 0.2
DR. STONE ADULT SWIM 11:30 PM 433 0.2
LIVE PD: PD CAM SPECIALS A&E 12:00 PM 539 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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