Fox Sports’ broadcast of the final MLB game between the Dodgers and the Brewers easily captured the no. 1 spot in the Saturday cable ratings last week with a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.34 million viewers. ESPN’s broadcast of the Rockets vs. Lakers NBA game (1.5) came second. The network’s own “After the Buzzer” special rounded out the top 3 of the night with a 1.1.

ESPN scored several other spots throughout the night as well, including with its broadcast of the Mississippi State vs. LSU college football game, which posted a 0.9 with 3.11 million viewers. Elsewhere, A&E’s “Live PD” managed to tick up one-tenth from the 0.5 it had scored last Saturday to a 0.6.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, October 20, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
MLB NL CHAMPIONS SERIES – LA DODGERS/MILWAUKEE 7 FOX SPORTS 1 8:01 PM 7,340 1.8
NBA REGULAR SEASON – HOUSTON/LA LAKERS ESPN 10:45 PM 3,358 1.5
NBA AFTER THE BUZZER ESPN 1:17 AM 2,427 1.1
NBA COURTSIDE ESPN 10:30 PM 2,104 0.9
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – MISSISSIPPI STATE/LSU ESPN 7:07 PM 3,106 0.9
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 1:36 AM 1,446 0.6
COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT – AUBURN/OLE MISS ESPN 12:01 PM 2,211 0.6
MLB NLCS POST GAME FOX SPORTS 1 11:32 PM 1,915 0.6
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN 9:00 AM 1,720 0.6
NBA PRE-GAME ESPN 10:13 PM 1,601 0.6
LIVE PD: 153 LIVE PD A&E 9:00 PM 1,725 0.6
COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT – NC STATE/CLEMSON ESPN 3:30 PM 1,806 0.5
HOCUS POC: 25 ANNIV BASH FREEFORM 8:15 PM 1,397 0.5
COLL FTBL SCOREBOARD ESPN 3:20 PM 1,570 0.4
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN 2:32 AM 897 0.4
GHOST ADVENTURES TRAVEL 9:00 PM 753 0.3
HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: LOVE, OF COURSE HALLMARK 8:00 PM 2,557 0.3
LIVE PD AC A&E 8:06 PM 918 0.3
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD ESPN 3:32 AM 645 0.3
MOM NICK-AT-NITE 1:20 AM 659 0.3
DRAGON BALL SUPER ADULT SWIM 11:00 PM 508 0.3
PIONEER WOMAN FOOD 10:00 AM 1,303 0.2
MOM NICK-AT-NITE 1:55 AM 628 0.2
NFL MATCH-UP ESPN 4:30 AM 489 0.2
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 8:00 AM 658 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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