ESPN led the Saturday cable ratings yet again. The network took the no. 1 spot of the night with its broadcast of the Colts vs. Texans NFL Wild Card game, which scored a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.10 million viewers. ESPN filled out the rest of the night’s top 3 with a weekend episode of “SportsCenter” (1.1) and a pre-game kickoff special (1.0) as well.

Elsewhere, A&E’s “Live PD” returned with another 0.6, steady with its last normal Saturday night episode. Meanwhile, the final 2 installments of Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly” miniseries landed in the top 5 with a 0.9 and a series high 1.0.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, January 5, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NFL WILDCARD – INDIANAPOLIS/HOUSTON ESPN 4:33 PM 6,103 2.1
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 7:38 PM 2,998 1.1
MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN 4:20 PM 3,009 1.0
SURVIVING R. KELLY LIFETIME 10:03 PM 2,292 1.0
SURVIVING R. KELLY LIFETIME 9:00 PM 2,260 0.9
LIVE PD: 175 LIVE PD A&E 9:00 PM 1,863 0.6
NFL COUNTDOWN ESPN 3:10 PM 1,629 0.6
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN ESPN 8:07 PM 1,260 0.5
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – KENTUCKY/ALABAMA ESPN 1:00 PM 1,472 0.5
NFL PRIMETIME ESPN 12:00 AM 940 0.4
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 1:00 AM 785 0.4
NFL COUNTDOWN ESPN 12:00 PM 993 0.4
DRAGON BALL SUPER ADULT SWIM 11:00 PM 679 0.3
HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: WINTER CASTLE HALLMARK 8:00 PM 2,972 0.3
THE KITCHEN AT FN FOOD 11:00 AM 1,471 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 11:00 AM 792 0.3
SPORTSCENTER LATE ESPN 11:00 PM 697 0.3
LIVE PD AC A&E 8:06 PM 1,097 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 10:00 AM 748 0.3
SUPER TROOPERS 2 HBO 8:00 PM 565 0.3
TRISHAS SOUTHERN KITCHEN FOOD 12:00 PM 1,150 0.3
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN 2:00 AM 552 0.3
SAY YES TO THE NEST HOME 10:00 PM 1,232 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:30 PM 1,247 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 9:00 AM 642 0.3

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.

blog comments powered by Disqus