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
BOTCHED E! 9:00 PM 745 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.

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