This week, ESPN2 took a fairly uncommon opportunity to grab the top slot, with the Texas Tech Red Raiders battling the Duke Blue Devils in the NCAA. The game received a 0.5 rating, making it a good deal lower than the 1.1 score of last Thursday’s top performer, the NFL Network’s broadcast of the Chargers vs. Chiefs.
In second place was more college sports, although this time it was football on ESPN’s main channel. The Marshall Thundering Herd faced off against the South Florida Bulls to score another 0.5 rating, while just below them at 0.4, the Dallas Mavericks played the Los Angeles Clippers on TNT.
Outside the top 3, “Floribama Shore” maintained a 0.4 rating on MTV. “Dr. Pimple Popper” on TLC aired a recap episode, which scored 0.3, down from the 0.4 it landed with its Christmas special last week, although this was more in line with the average rating for the series. “Jersey Shore” on MTV also broadcasted a special, focusing on unaired material, which scored a 0.4, down from the 0.7 that the show received previously.
Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Thursday, December 20, 2018
|Show||Net||Time||Total viewers (000s)||18-49 rating|
|COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN -TEXAS TECH/DUKE||ESPN2||7:00 PM||1,553||0.5|
|COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – MARSHALL/SOUTH FLORIDA||ESPN||8:00 PM||1,750||0.5|
|NBA BASKETBALL: MAVERICKS/CLIPPERS||TNT||10:42 PM||1,020||0.4|
|NBA BASKETBALL: ROCKETS/HEAT||TNT||8:13 PM||1,114||0.4|
|RACHEL MADDOW SHOW||MSNBC||9:00 PM||3,412||0.4|
|FLORIBAMA SHORE||MTV||9:03 PM||664||0.4|
|JERSEY SHORE FV UNSEEN||MTV||7:00 PM||620||0.4|
|LIVE PD: PD CAM SPECIALS||A&E||10:01 PM||1,106||0.4|
|EX ON THE BEACH||MTV||8:00 PM||631||0.4|
|WWE TRIBUTE TROOPS: WWE TRIBUTE TO THE TROOPS||USA||9:00 PM||1,127||0.3|
|TOP CHEF||BRAVO||9:00 PM||870||0.3|
|NIGHT THAT DIDNT END||INVESTIGATION||10:00 PM||1,202||0.3|
|CUOMO PRIME TIME||CNN||9:00 PM||1,737||0.3|
|CNN TONIGHT||CNN||10:00 PM||1,564||0.3|
|DR. PIMPLE POPPER||TLC||9:00 PM||1,357||0.3|
|ANDERSON COOPER 360||CNN||8:00 PM||1,723||0.3|
|PARDON THE INTERRUPTION||ESPN||5:30 PM||763||0.3|
|DEAD SILENT||INVESTIGATION||9:00 PM||1,213||0.3|
|LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL||MSNBC||10:00 PM||2,529||0.3|
|ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT||CNN||7:00 PM||1,501||0.3|
|SPORTSCENTER 12AM||ESPN||11:19 PM||661||0.3|
|AROUND THE HORN||ESPN||5:00 PM||546||0.2|
|SPORTSCENTER EARLY||ESPN||6:00 PM||554||0.2|
|TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT||FOX NEWS||8:00 PM||2,539||0.2|
Source: The Nielsen Company.