As it usually does, the Rose Bowl easily won the New Year’s Day cable ratings, despite being noticeably down from its 2018 game.
ESPN’s broadcast of the Washington vs. Ohio State game took the no. 1 spot Tuesday night with a 4.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 16.18 million viewers. The Sugar Bowl game between Texas and Georgia came in a close second place with a 3.8 and 12.97 million viewers. Both were down from the 7.6 and 6.3s that their 2018 games had scored.
ESPN won several of the night’s other top spots with its additional college football coverage throughout the day, including its broadcast of the LSU vs. UCF Siesta Bowl game (2.4, 8.47 million). Meanwhile, USA’s “WWE Smackdown” managed to tick back up from the 0.6 it had scored the previous Tuesday to a 0.7 this week.
Outside of the top 25, BBC America’s broadcast of the “Doctor Who” New Year’s Day special raked in a 0.3 with 983,000 viewers, up from the 0.2 and 706,000 that the show’s season finale had scored in early December.
Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Tuesday, January 1, 2019
|Show||Net||Time||Total viewers (000s)||18-49 rating|
|ROSE BOWL – WASHINGTON/OHIO STATE||ESPN||5:06 PM||16,175||4.2|
|SUGAR BOWL – TEXAS/GEORGIA||ESPN||8:50 PM||12,971||3.8|
|COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO||ESPN||4:55 PM||13,984||3.7|
|SUGAR BOWL SUST||ESPN||11:53 PM||9,328||2.7|
|FIESTA BOWL – LSU/UCF||ESPN||12:57 PM||8,471||2.4|
|COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO||ESPN||12:22 AM||4,833||1.5|
|COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – MISSISSIPPI STATE/IOWA||ESPN2||12:00 PM||3,256||0.8|
|SPORTSCENTER 12AM||ESPN||12:35 AM||2,060||0.8|
|CURSE OF OAK ISLAND: ROCK SOLID 68||HISTORY||9:00 PM||3,007||0.7|
|WWE SMACKDOWN||USA||8:00 PM||2,091||0.7|
|STREET OUTLAWS: BRISTOL RACE||DISCOVERY||8:00 PM||1,459||0.5|
|SPORTSCENTER MORNING||ESPN||2:00 AM||1,059||0.4|
|STREET OUTLAWS SPC||DISCOVERY||7:00 PM||1,004||0.4|
|BODY CAM||INVEST||10:00 PM||1,239||0.4|
|CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVE L||ESPN||10:00 AM||1,043||0.4|
|WINDY CITY REHAB||HOME||9:00 PM||1,643||0.4|
|MY LOTTERY DREAM HOME||HOME||7:30 PM||1,483||0.4|
|HOMETOWN HOMICIDE||INVEST||11:00 PM||1,180||0.3|
|LEAH REMINI: SCIENTOLOGY||A&E||9:00 PM||1,106||0.3|
|SP POOL IN MY HOUSE||HOME||6:00 PM||1,179||0.3|
|SP HGTV DREAM HOME||HOME||8:00 PM||1,362||0.3|
|EVIL LIVES HERE||INVEST||8:00 PM||1,342||0.3|
|MY LOTTERY DREAM HOME||HOME||7:00 PM||1,304||0.3|
|AMERICAN NIGHTMARE||INVEST||9:00 PM||1,230||0.3|
Source: The Nielsen Company