It was a relatively busy night in the Saturday cable ratings last week.

ESPN scored four out of the top 5 spots of the night with its college football coverage. The network’s college game day coverage led with a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49, followed by its broadcasts of the Ole Miss vs Texas Tech and BYU vs Arizona games, which scored 0.6 and 0.5 ratings with 1.93 and 1.29 million viewers.

Fox Sports’ broadcast of the Texas vs Maryland game rounded out the top 4 of the night with a 0.4 of its own. Elsewhere, CNN’s coverage of the John McCain funeral grabbed several of the night’s top spots with multiple 0.3s in the 18-49 demo.

On HBO, the premiere broadcast of “Ferdinand” landed fairly high in the chart as well with a 0.3 and 790,000 viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, September 1, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN 9:00 AM 1,867 0.7
COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT ESPN 12:00 PM 1,929 0.6
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME ESPN 10:45 PM 1,288 0.5
COLL FOOTBALL: BIG 10 L FOX SPORTS 12:00 PM 1,274 0.4
COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT ESPN 3:40 PM 1,193 0.4
CNN NEWSROOM CNN 12:35 PM 2,732 0.4
FUNERAL OF JOHN MCCAIN CNN 12:00 PM 2,585 0.3
FUNERAL OF JOHN MCCAIN CNN 11:00 AM 2,353 0.3
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME ESPN 7:00 PM 1,008 0.3
CFB WEATHER DELAY L FOX SPORTS 3:14 PM 836 0.3
COLL FTBL SCOREBOARD ESPN 10:28 PM 866 0.3
FERDINAND HBO 8:00 PM 790 0.3
CNN NEWSROOM CNN 1:00 PM 2,062 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 8:00 AM 674 0.3
FUNERAL OF JOHN MCCAIN CNN 10:00 AM 1,958 0.3
POWER RANGERS SNS NICKELODEON 12:00 PM 876 0.2
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN 2:15 AM 566 0.2
SATURDAY MOVIE: FINDING DORY FREEFORM 8:45 PM 705 0.2
TOTAL DRAMARAMA CARTOON 9:00 AM 722 0.2
COLL FTBL SCOREBOARD ESPN 6:45 PM 733 0.2
JUSTICE LEAGUE HBO 9:50 PM 604 0.2
REMEMBERING JOHN MCCAIN MSNBC 10:00 AM 2,159 0.2
TOTAL DRAMARAMA CARTOON 9:15 AM 769 0.2
LIVE PD AC A&E 8:00 PM 835 0.2
PIONEER WOMAN FOOD 10:00 AM 981 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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