Once again, it was a live MLB broadcast that took the top spot of the night in the Tuesday cable ratings.

ESPN’s broadcast of the Yankees vs. Red Sox division series game posted a 1.9 rating in the adults 18-49 demo with 7.15 million viewers, over a whole point higher than any of the night’s other cable shows. USA’s “WWE Smackdown” came second again, and maintained its previous 0.7, while TBS’ “Inside the MLB” post-game special rounded out the top 3 with a 0.6.

Elsewhere, FX’s “Mayans M.C.” took another minor hit this week, falling from a 0.6 to a 0.5, and USA’s “The Purge” continued its recent 0.4 streak. On MTV, “The Challenge: Final Reckoning” managed to tick back up one-tenth from a 0.4 to a 0.5.

Outside of the top 25, the recently-renewed “Mr. Inbetween” ticked down from the 0.2 it had scored last week to a 0.1 this time around, with 319,000 viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
MLB DIVISION SERIES TBS 8:00 PM 7,147 1.9
WWE SMACKDOWN USA 8:00 PM 2,135 0.7
INSIDE THE MLB TBS 11:42 PM 1,747 0.6
MAYANS M.C. FX 10:00 PM 1,353 0.5
CHALLENGE: FINAL RECKONING MTV 9:00 PM 749 0.5
BELOW DECK BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,212 0.4
THE PURGE USA 10:00 PM 1,008 0.4
LITTLE COUPLE TLC 8:00 PM 1,547 0.4
HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN 9:00 PM 1,781 0.4
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,466 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 861 0.3
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 3,094 0.3
MLB ON DECK PREGAME TBS 7:00 PM 1,047 0.3
SPORTSCENTER EARLY ESPN 6:00 PM 552 0.3
CHOPPED FOOD 9:00 PM 838 0.3
SWEET HOME SEXTUPLETS TLC 10:00 PM 1,071 0.3
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 8:00 PM 978 0.2
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,491 0.2
LOUD HOUSE NICKELODEON 6:00 PM 1,151 0.2
INK MASTER PARAMOUNT 10:00 PM 567 0.2
THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS 10:00 PM 2,732 0.2
ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY ESPN 7:00 PM 578 0.2
EVIL TWINS INVEST 9:00 PM 863 0.2
MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT LIFETIME 9:00 PM 785 0.2
HOME ALONE INVEST 10:00 PM 817 0.2

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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