ESPN’s Thursday night NFL preseason coverage easily led the cable ratings this week.

The network’s broadcast of the Washington Redskins vs New York Jets game scored a 0.9 rating in adults 18-49, almost double what any of the night’s other shows scored, with 2.56 million viewers. This was also up from the 0.6 and 0.5s that the NFL Network’s preseason coverage had scored last Thursday. A&E’s “Live PD” came in second for the night, holding steady with another 0.5.

FX’s “Snowfall” continued its recent 0.4 streak as well, despite ticking down just slightly in total viewers from 975,000 to 923,000. The History Channel’s “Alone” maintained a 0.3 yet again, as did Bravo’s “Shahs of Sunset” (0.3).

After ticking up last week, USA’s “Queen of the South” held onto a 0.4 for the second week in a row. Outside of the top 25, the recently-canceled “Shooter” stayed steady with a 0.2.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Thursday, August 16, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NFL PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL ESPN 8:00 PM 2,562 0.9
LIVE PD THU: 139 LIVE PD A&E 8:00 PM 1,550 0.5
NIGHTWATCH NATION A&E 10:00 PM 1,437 0.5
FLIP OR FLOP HOME 9:00 PM 1,829 0.4
SNOWFALL FX 10:00 PM 923 0.4
SPORTSCENTER LATE ESPN 11:02 PM 1,006 0.4
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH USA 9:00 PM 1,187 0.4
LIVE PD THU A&E 10:56 PM 1,066 0.3
SHAHS OF SUNSET BRAVO 9:00 PM 917 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,632 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1,649 0.3
MOUNTAIN MEN HISTORY 9:00 PM 2,217 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,921 0.3
ALONE HISTORY 10:03 PM 1,563 0.3
GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE FOOD 9:00 PM 1,090 0.3
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRUTV 10:00 PM 594 0.3
DR. PIMPLE POPPER TLC 10:00 PM 1,043 0.3
SOMEONE THOUGHT YOU KNEW INVEST 10:00 PM 1,111 0.3
MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN ESPN 7:04 PM 747 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 12AM L ESPN 12:00 AM 602 0.3
JERSEY SHOW FV S2 SNEAK MTV 8:00 PM 430 0.3
BEAT B.FLAY FOOD 10:00 PM 901 0.3
LAST WORD W/L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 2,222 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,086 0.2
PERFECT MURDER, THE INVEST 9:00 PM 1,041 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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