With ESPN airing College Football Preseason games, there was little doubt about what would take the top of the Thursday cable ratings.
The top performance of the night came from the Utah Utes playing the BYU Cougars for a 0.6 rating in adults 18-49. This gave ESPN a strong lead on all of its competition, and the strength of that lead was further increased by the second slot, in which the UCLA Bruins battled the Cincinnati Bearcats for an additional 0.5. Last week’s champion, MTV’s “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation,” rounded out the top 3 by holding onto its 0.5.
The recently renewed “Queen of the South” on USA was first out of the gate among 0.3’s, holding its score from last week. The other two recurring 0.3’s came from HGTV’s “House Hunters” and “House Hunters International,” while “Flip or Flop” on the same network played by the second half of its name and fell from 0.4 to 0.3. “Million Dollar Listing” told the opposite story, moving up from 0.2 to 0.3.
At the top of the 0.2’s was “Impractical Jokers” on TRUTV, which fell from 0.3 to 0.2. “Ex on the Beach” on MTV remained at 0.2, however, as did “Flay List” on Food Network, “Going for Sold” on HGTV, and “Mountain Men” on History Channel. Meanwhile, Food Network’s other Bobby Flay vehicle, “Beat Bobby Flay” decayed from 0.3 to 0.2, as did “The Lies That Bind” on Investigation Discovery.
Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Thursday, August 29, 2019
|Show||Net||Time||Total viewers (000s)||18-49 rating|
|COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME: UTAH/BYU||ESPN||10:24 PM||1,679||0.6|
|COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME: UCLA/CINCINNATI||ESPN||6:59 PM||1,630||0.5|
|JERSEY SHORE: FAMILY VACATION||MTV||8:00 PM||866||0.5|
|SPORTSCENTER 1AM||ESPN||1:14 AM||1,147||0.5|
|QUEEN OF THE SOUTH||USA||10:00 PM||1,035||0.3|
|FLIP OR FLOP||HOME||9:00 PM||1,785||0.3|
|SPORTSCENTER 12AM||ESPN||1:32 AM||694||0.3|
|MILLION DOLLAR LISTING NY||BRAVO||9:00 PM||897||0.3|
|HOUSE HUNTERS||HOME||10:00 PM||1,577||0.3|
|HOUSE HUNTERS INTL||HOME||10:30 PM||1,533||0.3|
|IMPRACTICAL JOKERS||TRUTV||10:00 PM||483||0.2|
|COLLEGE GAMEDAY||ESPN||6:00 PM||684||0.2|
|EX ON THE BEACH||MTV||9:01 PM||418||0.2|
|FLIP OR FLOP 1ST LOOK||HOME||8:30 PM||1,202||0.2|
|DEADLY WOMEN||INVESTIGATION||9:00 PM||950||0.2|
|FLAY LIST||FOOD||10:30 PM||657||0.2|
|GOING FOR SOLD||HOME||11:00 PM||943||0.2|
|LIES THAT BIND, THE||INVESTIGATION||10:00 PM||944||0.2|
|TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT||FOX NEWS||8:00 PM||2,839||0.2|
|TENNIS: US OPEN PRIME: SECOND ROUND||ESPN2||7:00 PM||1,029||0.2|
|HANNITY||FOX NEWS||9:00 PM||2,885||0.2|
|BEAT B.FLAY||FOOD||10:00 PM||726||0.2|
|NFL PRESEASON: 2019 – PIT VS. CAR||NFL NETWORK||7:00 PM||681||0.2|
|SPORTSCENTER 12AM||ESPN||2:32 AM||411||0.2|
|MOUNTAIN MEN||HISTORY||9:00 PM||1,404||0.2|
Source: The Nielsen Company