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
CHOPPED FOOD 9:00 PM 1,031 0.3
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

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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