Politics had a rare show of dominance across Tuesday’s cable ratings.

This was due to the President giving a speech at 9:00 p.m., which was also the time slot during which the top two performers of the night aired. In first place was “Hannity” on Fox News with a 0.9 rating in adults 18-49, demonstrating a significant improvement for the political analysis broadcast. Just beneath it, on CNN, “Cuomo Prime Time” benefitted from the same speech, managing a strong 0.8 rating. Rounding out the top 3 was “The Curse of Oak Island” on History, which was up to 0.8 from 0.7 last week.

Although it ordinarily leads other political programming, “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC came in sixth with a 0.5 rating. This was nevertheless a strong showing. “The Ingraham Angle” on Fox News shared a similar rating, while “Anderson Cooper 360” on CNN rose to 0.4 and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” rated the same.

Bravo’s “Below Deck” maintained its pre-Christmas 0.6 rating, while “Body Cam” on Investigation Discovery lifted one-tenth to 0.4. Meanwhile, “WWE Smackdown” held onto its previous gains at 0.7 on USA, but History’s new series “Project Blue Book” debuted at a middling 0.4.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 7,129 0.9
CUOMO PRIME TIME CNN 9:00 PM 3,536 0.8
CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY 9:00 PM 3,269 0.8
WWE SMACKDOWN: WWE SMACKDOWN USA 8:00 PM 2,032 0.7
BELOW DECK BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,447 0.6
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:12 PM 4,356 0.5
INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS 10:00 PM 3,655 0.5
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – DUKE/WAKE FOREST ESPN 7:00 PM 1,304 0.5
CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 2,297 0.5
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – NORTH CAROLINA/NC STATE ESPN 9:06 PM 1,253 0.5
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 3,764 0.4
PROJECT BLUE BOOK HISTORY 10:00 PM 2,266 0.4
HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OPRAH 9:00 PM 1,694 0.4
MSNBC SPECIAL COVERAGE MSNBC 9:00 PM 3,944 0.4
ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 1,908 0.4
LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 3,329 0.4
BODY CAM INVESTIGATION 10:00 PM 1,173 0.4
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 1,031 0.3
GARAGE REHAB DISCOVERY 8:00 PM 1,003 0.3
SPORTSCENTER EARLY ESPN 6:00 PM 781 0.3
MARRIED AT FIRST ST LIFETIME 9:00 PM 1,020 0.3
SPORTSCENTER LATE ESPN 11:10 PM 732 0.3
FOX NEWS AT NIGHT FOX NEWS 11:00 PM 1,835 0.3
BAD CHAD CUSTOMS DISCOVERY 10:00 PM 877 0.3
CNN TONIGHT CNN 11:00 PM 1,262 0.3

Source: The Nielsen Company

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