College football maintained a strong presence in the cable ratings Tuesday night.

ESPN’s broadcast of the Alamo Bowl game between Utah and Texas topped the New Year’s Eve cable chart with a 1.3 rating among adults 18-49 and 5.61 million viewers. With its NCAA coverage throughout the day, ESPN garnered the chart’s top 6 spots, including with its broadcast of the Liberty Bowl game between Navy and Kansas State, which placed third in the chart with a 0.7 rating and 3.33 million viewers.

Outside of sports, CNN’s primetime “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper” special raked in a 0.4 rating with 1.73 million viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – UTAH/TEXAS ESPN 7:30 PM 5,608 1.3
COLL FTBL SCOREBOARD ESPN 6:57 PM 3,471 0.9
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – NAVY/KANSAS STATE ESPN 3:45 PM 3,326 0.7
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – VIRGINIA TECH/KENTUCKY ESPN 12:00 PM 2,624 0.6
SPORTSCENTER LATE ESPN 10:40 PM 1,986 0.6
COLL FTBL SCOREBOARD ESPN 3:24 PM 2,289 0.5
NEW YEARS EVE LIVE CNN 12:30 AM 1,574 0.4
NEW YEARS EVE LIVE W/ AC CNN 8:00 PM 1,727 0.4
LIVE PD SPECIALS A&E 8:00 PM 882 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 12:00 AM 776 0.3
LIVE PD SPECIALS: TOP 40 MOMENTS 2019 (PT2) A&E 10:00 PM 761 0.2
MOONSHINERS DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 1,054 0.2
NEW YEARS EVE MOVIE: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES TNT 4:40 PM 567 0.2
FIRST TAKE ESPN 10:00 AM 600 0.2
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 1:00 AM 619 0.2
LIVE PD SPECIALS A&E 12:00 AM 533 0.2
THE FIVE SPCL FOX NEWS 5:00 PM 2,326 0.2
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 1:00 AM 474 0.2
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN 2:00 AM 466 0.2
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 2:00 AM 457 0.2
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 10:00 PM 590 0.2
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 12:00 AM 486 0.1
NEW YEARS EVE MOVIE: THE DARK KNIGHT TNT 1:30 PM 421 0.1
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 9:00 PM 602 0.1
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 11:00 PM 509 0.1

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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