Thursday’s cable ratings were, once again, topped by a live sports broadcast.

The Gator Bowl game between Indiana and Tennessee gave ESPN the no. 1 spot in Thursday’s cable chart with a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.32 million viewers. TLC’s “Dr. Pimple Popper” placed second with a 0.6, up one-tenth from the 0.5 that its premiere scored a week ago, while the series premiere of “My Feet Are Killing Me” rounded out the night’s top 3 with a solid 0.6 rating and 2.79 million viewer audience.

Elsewhere, the first 2 episodes of Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly – Part 2: The Reckoning” posted matching 0.4 ratings, with 1.21 and 1.14 million viewer audiences, respectively. On MTV, “Floribama Shore” managed to tick up one-tenth week-to-week, from its previous 0.3 to a 0.4 this time around.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Thursday, January 2, 2020

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – INDIANA/TENNESSEE ESPN 7:01 PM 4,317 1.1
DR. PIMPLE POPPER TLC 9:00 PM 2,801 0.6
MY FEET ARE KILLING ME TLC 10:02 PM 2,789 0.6
SPORTSCENTER LATE ESPN 10:45 PM 1,470 0.5
SURVIVING R. KELLY LIFETIME 9:00 PM 1,214 0.4
SURVIVING R. KELLY LIFETIME 10:05 PM 1,136 0.4
THE FIRST 48 A&E 9:00 PM 1,230 0.4
FLORIBAMA SHORE MTV 8:00 PM 759 0.4
THE FIRST 48 A&E 8:00 PM 1,197 0.4
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – BOSTON COLLEGE/CINCINNATI ESPN 3:00 PM 1,518 0.4
60 DAYS IN A&E 10:00 PM 935 0.3
1000-LB SISTERS: SUPERSIZE TLC 11:04 PM 1,196 0.3
CHRISTINA ON THE COAST HOME 9:00 PM 1,443 0.3
DR. PIMPLE POPPER: COUNTDOWN TLC 8:00 PM 1,485 0.3
RESTAURANT IMPOSSIBLE FOOD 9:00 PM 972 0.3
RESTAURANT IMPOSSIBLE FOOD 8:00 PM 963 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 12:00 AM 698 0.3
HOMESTEAD RESCUE DISCOVERY 8:00 PM 1,201 0.3
PROJECT RUNWAY BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,155 0.3
BEAT B.FLAY FOOD 10:00 PM 788 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,470 0.3
FLIP OR FLOP REPACK HOME 9:30 PM 1,229 0.2
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,535 0.2
FOX NEWS AT NIGHT FOX NEWS 11:00 PM 2,038 0.2
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 1:00 AM 518 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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