This week, the fourth round of the Democratic Candidates Debate was what it took to unseat the MLB from the top of the Tuesday cable ratings.
The debate, which aired on CNN, scored a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49, outperforming its nightly competition but (unsurprisingly) falling short of the 2.1 of ABC’s broadcast of the third debate. The MLB still came fairly close to a win, however, posting a 1.3 for TBS’ airing of the St. Louis Cardinals playing the Washington Nationals. This was a good deal stronger than last week’s top game, when the Astros played the Rays for a 1.0. In third place, the Democratic Candidates’ closing statements drew an additional 1.2 for CNN.
Outside of politics or baseball, the top performer on cable was “Mayans M.C.,” which brought home its reliable 0.4 for FX. “The Real Housewives of Orange County” on Bravo found itself significantly displaced, falling from second place to ninth as it slipped from 0.5 to 0.4. On MTV, “Teen Mom” suffered similarly, losing one-tenth of a point to 0.4 as it crumbled from third to tenth place.
TLC had the two foremost 0.3’s of the night, first with the premiere of “Counting On,” and then with the consistent “Outdaughtered.” A&E’s “The First 48” battled its way up from 0.2 to 0.3, while “The Purge” debuted its second season on USA at 0.3, quite a bit lower than season one’s 0.6 premiere. Further down, “Tosh.O” relinquished last week’s gains, returning to 0.2 from 0.3.
Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Tuesday, October 15, 2019
|Show||Net||Time||Total viewers (000s)||18-49 rating|
|CNN/NYT DEMOCRATIC DEBATE||CNN||8:02 PM||8,553||1.5|
|MLB NLCS: CARDINALS/NATIONALS||TBS||7:58 PM||4,640||1.3|
|CNN/NYT DEM DEB CLOSE||CNN||10:40 PM||6,857||1.2|
|MLB AL CHAMPIONS SERIES: HOUSTON/NEW YORK YANKEES 3||FOX SPORTS||4:00 PM||3,838||0.9|
|MLB ALCS POST||FOX SPORTS||7:57 PM||2,269||0.6|
|CNN POST-DEBATE ANALYSIS||CNN||11:06 PM||3,068||0.6|
|INSIDE THE MLB||TBS||11:19 PM||1,510||0.5|
|MAYANS M.C.||FX||10:00 PM||1,104||0.4|
|REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC||BRAVO||9:00 PM||1,259||0.4|
|TEEN MOM II||MTV||8:00 PM||692||0.4|
|COUNTING ON||TLC||9:00 PM||1,361||0.3|
|ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY||ESPN||9:00 PM||609||0.3|
|HANNITY||FOX NEWS||9:00 PM||3,121||0.3|
|ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT||CNN||7:00 PM||1,584||0.3|
|THE FIRST 48||A&E||9:00 PM||705||0.3|
|PURGE, THE||USA||9:00 PM||613||0.3|
|TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT||FOX NEWS||8:00 PM||2,869||0.3|
|CNN POST-DEBATE ANALYSIS||CNN||12:00 AM||1,556||0.2|
|INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE||FOX NEWS||10:00 PM||2,603||0.2|
|PARDON THE INTERRUPTION||ESPN||5:30 PM||705||0.2|
|CONCACAF NATIONS LG TUE 2: MEXICO / PANAMA||TUDN||9:30 PM||555||0.2|
|SPORTSCENTER 12AM||ESPN||12:00 AM||515||0.2|
|WWE BACKSTAGE PREVIEW||FOX SPORTS||8:13 PM||597||0.2|
Source: The Nielsen Company