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

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