The Tuesday cable ratings were disrupted massively by the State of the Union, which consumed the top 7 slots for the night. Fox News benefitted the most from the event, netting the first and second slot with a peak rating of 1.5 in adults 18-49.

This was 0.4 lower than the speech’s performance last year on the same network. CNN coverage scored a 0.8, taking third place with a loss of 0.1 from the previous SOTU. MSNBC’s highest entry on the chart was in ninth place, with a 0.7 coming from the Democratic Response. This was an improvement on the 0.5 the rebuttal accrued last year.

Moving on from politics, “The Curse of Oak Island” had its run at the top of the Tuesday charts broken, dropping to eighth place for a 0.7 rating. This was one-tenth of a point lower than its score last week.  “WWE Smackdown” on USA suffered similarly, falling from 0.7 to 0.6 to take the tenth slot.

Other entries barely made the chart. “The Haves and the Have Nots” on OWN dropped from 0.4 to 0.3, while “Chopped” on Food Network managed to cling to its 0.3. TLC’s “I Am Jazz” also fell from 0.4 to 0.3, and Bravo’s “Below Deck” took a hit down to 0.5. Lifetime’s “Married at First Sight” was unaffected, however, maintaining an identical 0.4 to its previous score.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
STATE OF THE UNION 2019 FOX NEWS 9:07 PM 11,266 1.5
ST UNION/REP RESPONSE FOX NEWS 10:39 PM 7,885 1.0
STATE OF THE UNION 2019 CNN 9:07 PM 3,471 0.8
ST UNION/ANALYSIS FOX NEWS 10:50 PM 6,098 0.8
SOTU DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE CNN 10:40 PM 3,384 0.8
STATE OF UNION ANALYSIS CNN 10:30 PM 3,428 0.8
STATE OF UNION ANALYSIS CNN 10:50 PM 3,253 0.7
CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY 9:00 PM 3,123 0.7
DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE MSNBC 10:40 PM 4,776 0.7
WWE SMACKDOWN: WWE SMACKDOWN USA 8:00 PM 1,841 0.6
MSNBC SPECIAL COVERAGE MSNBC 10:50 PM 4,691 0.6
MSNBC SPECIAL COVERAGE MSNBC 10:30 PM 4,378 0.6
BELOW DECK BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,242 0.5
HANNITY FOX NEWS 11:00 PM 3,811 0.5
STATE OF THE UNION ADD MSNBC 9:00 PM 3,785 0.5
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 4,795 0.5
AC360 POST SOTU ANALYSIS CNN 11:00 PM 2,295 0.5
11TH HOUR W/B. WILLIAMS MSNBC 11:00 PM 3,172 0.4
BODY CAM INVESTIGATION 10:00 PM 1,169 0.4
MARRIED AT FIRST ST LIFETIME 9:00 PM 963 0.4
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – BOSTON COLLEGE/DUKE ESPN 7:00 PM 1,023 0.3
I AM JAZZ TLC 9:00 PM 1,245 0.3
CHOPPED FOOD 9:00 PM 972 0.3
HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OPRAH 9:00 PM 1,547 0.3
ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 1,688 0.3

Source: The Nielsen Company

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