ESPN absolutely dominated the Saturday cable ratings this past weekend.

The network landed all of the top 6 spots of the night, starting with its broadcast of the Clemson vs Texas A&M college football game, which led with a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.49 million viewers.

The later game between Michigan State and Arizona State came second with a 0.8 as well, followed by the network’s coverage of the U.S. Open Women’s Finals match between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, which scored a 0.7 and 3.10 million viewers.

Elsewhere, the HBO premiere of “The Greatest Showman” landed fairly high in the top 25 as well with a 0.3, and beat the “Ferdinand” premiere from the week before in total viewers (790,000 vs. 1.12 million)

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, September 8, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME ESPN 7:00 PM 4,486 1.4
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME ESPN 10:45 PM 2,297 0.8
TENNIS: US OPEN AFT ESPN 4:00 PM 3,101 0.7
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN 9:00 AM 1,667 0.6
COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT ESPN 12:01 PM 1,800 0.6
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN 2:20 AM 1,176 0.5
COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT ESPN2 3:41 PM 1,663 0.5
COLL FOOTBALL: BIG 10 L FOX SPORTS 11:59 AM 914 0.3
COLL FTBL SCOREBOARD ESPN 3:28 AM 697 0.3
GREATEST SHOWMAN, THE HBO 8:00 PM 1,118 0.3
DRAGON BALL SUPER ADULT 10:30 PM 695 0.3
NFL MATCH-UP ESPN 4:26 AM 557 0.3
FATAL VOWS INVEST 10:00 PM 956 0.3
LIVE PD AC A&E 8:00 PM 939 0.3
HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE HALLMARK 9:00 PM 2,003 0.3
SHO CH BOX: 18 SHOWTIME 11:15 PM 619 0.3
UFC PPV PRELIMS L FX 8:00 PM 560 0.3
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME ESPN2 7:07 PM 858 0.2
TOTAL DRAMARAMA CARTOON 9:00 AM 720 0.2
PIONEER WOMAN FOOD 10:00 AM 1,294 0.2
GHOST ADV POP-UPS TRAVEL 9:00 PM 628 0.2
TOTAL DRAMARAMA CARTOON 9:15 AM 743 0.2
POWER RANGERS SNS NICKELODEON 12:00 PM 907 0.2
FS1 CFB EXTRA L FOX SPORTS 3:16 PM 564 0.2
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 8:00 AM 541 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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