FX’s “Mayans M.C.” rode into the Tuesday cable ratings in noticeable style this week.
The series premiere of the much-anticipated “Sons of Anarchy” spin-off led the night with a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 2.53 million viewers. Not only did this win the night, though, but it almost perfectly matched the 1.2 rating and 2.53 million viewers that “Sons of Anarchy” premiered with on FX back in 2008. The premiere is currently, the highest-rated episode of any FX show so far this year, but it may be dethroned by the upcoming “Apocalypse” season of “American Horror Story” next week.
Assuming the series can maintain this kind of viewership or even grow it throughout the rest of its season, much like “Sons” did throughout its 7-season run, then “Mayans M.C.” could very well be the hit FX was likely hoping for. Elsewhere, the series premiere of BET’s “The Bobby Brown Story” landed second-highest in the night with a 1.0, while USA’s “WWE Smackdown” was steady with another 0.8.
On Bravo, “Below Deck Mediterranean” maintained its previous 0.5, as did MTV’s “The Challenge: Final Reckoning” (0.5). TBS’ “Wrecked” ticked back up a tenth week-to-week from a 0.3 to a 0.4, while OWN’s “The Haves and the Have Nots” continued its 0.4 streak.
USA’s “The Purge” had a solid series premiere as well, landing in the top 4 of the night with a 0.6 and 1.39 million viewers – making it one of the network’s best series or season debuts so far this year.
Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Tuesday, September 4, 2018
|Show||Net||Time||Total viewers (000s)||18-49 rating|
|MAYANS M.C.||FX||10:00 PM||2,534||1.1|
|BOBBY BROWN STORY, THE||BET||9:00 PM||2,173||1.0|
|WWE SMACKDOWN||USA||8:00 PM||2,319||0.8|
|PURGE, THE||USA||10:00 PM||1,389||0.6|
|CHALLENGE: FINAL RECKONING||MTV||9:00 PM||759||0.5|
|BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN||BRAVO||9:00 PM||1,300||0.5|
|TENNIS: US OPEN PRIME||ESPN||7:00 PM||1,680||0.5|
|FORGED IN FIRE||HISTORY||9:00 PM||1,143||0.4|
|HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS||OWN||9:00 PM||1,844||0.4|
|RACHEL MADDOW SHOW||MSNBC||9:00 PM||3,136||0.4|
|FX MOVIE PRIME: X-MEN: APOCALYPSE||FX||7:00 PM||918||0.4|
|TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT||FOX NEWS||8:00 PM||3,124||0.3|
|HANNITY||FOX NEWS||9:00 PM||3,365||0.3|
|DEADLIEST CATCH SPC||DISCOVERY||9:00 PM||1,135||0.3|
|HARD KNOCKS 18||HBO||10:00 PM||606||0.3|
|ANDERSON COOPER 360||CNN||8:00 PM||1,337||0.3|
|MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT||LIFETIME||9:00 PM||826||0.3|
|HOUSE HUNTERS||HOME||10:00 PM||1,547||0.3|
|DESERT FLIPPERS||HOME||9:00 PM||1,264||0.3|
|LAST WORD W/L. ODONNELL||MSNBC||10:00 PM||2,684||0.3|
|DEVIL SPEAKS, THE||INVEST||10:00 PM||1,017||0.3|
|ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT||CNN||7:00 PM||1,100||0.3|
|CUOMO PRIME TIME||CNN||9:00 PM||1,363||0.3|
Source: The Nielsen Company