The Republican Presidential debate on Fox News landed the top spot on the Thursday night cable ratings this week with a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49, and was the only program of the night that managed to break the 2.0 barrier. Without front-runner Donald Trump taking part, the debate drew 12.47 million viewers, up from the last one on Fox Business but off from the 18 million that watched a debate on CNN — which has comparable reach to Fox News — in December.

Spike’s “Lip Sync Battle” managed to rise one tenth from its 0.7 rating last week to a 0.8 this time around, after it experienced a slight drop following its season premiere.

Fox News continued to do well throughout the night with “The Kelly File” obtaining a 0.9 rating and “The O’Reilly Factor” landing a 0.7, putting both programs near the top of the ratings. Meanwhile, “WWE Smackdown” grabbed a 0.9 rating for the night, one tenth better than its 0.8 from last week.

Top 100 cable shows among adults 18-49 for Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

Show Net Time Viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
REPUBLICAN PRES DEBATE FOXNC 9:00 PM 12467 2.3
FAMILY GUY ADSM 11:30 PM 2136 1.1
FAMILY GUY ADSM 11:00 PM 2122 1.0
AMERICAN DAD ADSM 10:30 PM 1969 1.0
WWE SMACKDOWN USA 8:00 PM 2720 0.9
KELLY FILE, THE FOXNC 11:00 PM 5262 0.9
AMERICAN DAD ADSM 10:00 PM 1788 0.8
LIP SYNC BATTLE SPIKE 10:00 PM 1536 0.8
ROBOT CHICKEN ADSM 12:00 AM 1523 0.8
ROBOT CHICKEN ADSM 12:15 AM 1334 0.7
THE OREILLY FACTOR FOXNC 8:00 PM 5542 0.7
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 6:59 PM 1544 0.7
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC 9:30 PM 1654 0.7
AQUA TEEN HUNGERFORCE ADSM 12:30 AM 1190 0.6
NIGHTWATCH AEN 10:01 PM 1555 0.6
CLEVELAND SHOW, THE ADSM 9:30 PM 1336 0.6
SQUIDBILLIES ADSM 12:45 AM 1118 0.6
THE FIRST 48 AEN 9:00 PM 1608 0.6
FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 9:00 PM 2010 0.6
AMERICAN DAD ADSM 2:00 AM 1049 0.6
AMERICAN DAD ADSM 1:30 AM 1022 0.6
SUPERJAIL ADSM 1:00 AM 1028 0.6
BOBS BURGERS ADSM 9:00 PM 1263 0.6
METALOCALYPSE ADSM 1:15 AM 963 0.5
2 BROKE GIRLS TBSC 10:00 PM 1189 0.5
FAMILY GUY ADSM 2:30 AM 999 0.5
NBA BASKETBALL TNT 10:33 PM 1152 0.5
REPUBLICAN PRES DEBATE FOXNC 7:00 PM 4544 0.5
LIP SYNC BATTLE SPIKE 10:32 PM 931 0.5
FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 9:30 PM 1706 0.5
COLONY USA 10:00 PM 1212 0.5
2 BROKE GIRLS TBSC 10:30 PM 1003 0.5
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN L ESPN 7:00 PM 1517 0.5
CNN TONIGHT CNN 9:00 PM 2031 0.4
BOBS BURGERS ADSM 8:30 PM 1039 0.4
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBSC 9:00 PM 1121 0.4
TOP CHEF BRVO 9:00 PM 973 0.4
NBA BASKETBALL TNT 8:00 PM 1003 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1862 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 10:30 PM 1615 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 7:00 PM 1359 0.4
FRIENDS NAN 11:30 PM 1016 0.4
SEINFELD TBSC 7:30 PM 1136 0.4
ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 2013 0.4
2 BROKE GIRLS TBSC 8:30 PM 940 0.4
FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 8:30 PM 1523 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICK 4:30 PM 1845 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICK 4:00 PM 1769 0.4
RIDICULOUSNESS SSN7 MTV 10:00 PM 776 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 5:00 PM 1133 0.4
THE FIRST 48 AEN 11:02 PM 933 0.4
ALVINNN!!! AND THE CHIPMU NICK 5:00 PM 1833 0.4
2 BROKE GIRLS TBSC 8:00 PM 829 0.4
LIP SYNC BATTLE SPIKE 9:30 PM 643 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 4:00 PM 1047 0.4
THE FIRST 48 AEN 12:01 AM 855 0.4
HANNITY FOXNC 12:00 AM 2084 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICK 3:30 PM 1559 0.4
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 6:00 PM 1110 0.4
CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 1491 0.4
THE FIRST 48 AEN 8:00 PM 1038 0.4
FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 11:00 PM 1175 0.4
FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 12:00 AM 1094 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 914 0.3
BEAT B.FLAY FOOD 11:00 PM 882 0.3
KING OF THE HILL ADSM 8:00 PM 851 0.3
BASKETS FX 10:00 PM 658 0.3
FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 11:30 PM 1171 0.3
ALVINNN!!! AND THE CHIPMU NICK 5:30 PM 1801 0.3
AC360 POST DEBATE SPCL CNN 11:00 PM 1455 0.3
PROJECT RUNWAY JUNIOR LIF 9:00 PM 1144 0.3
NICK AT NITE MOVIE NAN 8:00 PM 1297 0.3
BEAT B.FLAY FOOD 10:00 PM 932 0.3
LIP SYNC BATTLE SPIKE 11:01 PM 660 0.3
FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 8:00 PM 1255 0.3
FRIENDS NAN 11:00 PM 898 0.3
MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DSNY 9:00 AM 1061 0.3
ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER DISC 10:00 PM 1233 0.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 3:00 PM 966 0.3
LIP SYNC BATTLE SPIKE 9:00 PM 615 0.3
THE FIRST 48 AEN 1:01 AM 806 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICK 7:00 AM 927 0.3
ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER DISC 9:00 PM 1305 0.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 1:00 PM 882 0.3
FRIENDS NAN 12:00 AM 816 0.3
WORKAHOLICS CMDY 10:00 PM 508 0.3
HENRY DANGER NICK 6:00 PM 1540 0.3
FLIP OR FLOP HGTV 7:30 PM 1056 0.3
THUNDERMANS NICK 6:30 PM 1506 0.3
PAW PATROL NICK 9:30 AM 1004 0.3
FRIENDS NAN 12:33 AM 786 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICK 8:00 AM 1016 0.3
CHOPPED FOOD 8:00 PM 984 0.3
REGULAR SHOW TOON 6:00 AM 705 0.3
FIRST LOOK: KARDASHIANS ENT 10:01 PM 671 0.3
PAWN STARS HIST 8:00 PM 1213 0.3
BEAT B.FLAY FOOD 11:30 PM 868 0.3
FRIENDS TBSC 5:30 PM 677 0.3
LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 12:04 AM 839 0.3
SEINFELD TBSC 7:00 PM 992 0.3

 

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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