CNN’s broadcast of the third presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton grabbed the top spot of the night in the Wednesday cable ratings this week with a 2.7 rating in adults 18-49. This was, however, lower than both of the previous debates between the candidates, with the second and first both scoring a 4.0 and 3.6 on the network. Fox News’ broadcast of the debate followed closely behind with a 2.4, and also had the biggest total audience fo the night.

Meanwhile, Fox Sports 1’s coverage of the MLB game between the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers landed near the top as well, after grabbing a 1.8 in the night, tying with CNN’s debate night special. Despite ticking up last week however, FX’s “American Horror Story” dipped one tenth once again from its previous 1.5 to a 1.4.

Top 100 cable shows among adults 18-49 for Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Show Net Time Total Viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
3RD PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE CNN 9:03 PM 8,761 2.7
PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE FOX NEWS CHANNEL 9:03 PM 11,378 2.4
DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 10:37 PM 6,288 1.8
MLB NL CHAMPIONS SERIES L FOX SPORTS 1 8:01 PM 5,813 1.8
PRES DEBATE/ANALYSIS FOX NEWS CHANNEL 10:37 PM 8,659 1.8
AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX 10:00 PM 2,482 1.4
DEBATE MSNBC 9:04 PM 5,549 1.2
KELLY FILE, THE FOX NEWS CHANNEL 11:00 PM 4,756 1.0
ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 3,619 0.9
DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 12:00 AM 2,871 0.8
SOUTH PARK COMEDY CENTRAL 10:00 PM 1,321 0.8
MLB ALCS TBS NETWORK 4:00 PM 2,847 0.7
MSNBC DEBATE ANALYSIS MSNBC 10:37 PM 3,738 0.7
THE OREILLY FACTOR FOX NEWS CHANNEL 8:00 PM 4,744 0.7
FAMILY GUY ADULT SWIM 11:30 PM 1,432 0.7
FAMILY GUY ADULT SWIM 11:00 PM 1,348 0.6
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBS NETWORK 10:30 PM 1,431 0.6
MLB NLCS POST GAME L FOX SPORTS 1 12:10 AM 1,474 0.5
HANNITY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 12:00 AM 2,835 0.5
BIG SCREEN MOVIE FREEFORM 9:00 PM 1,045 0.5
LITTLE WOMEN ATL REUNION LIFETIME TELEVISION 10:02 PM 1,275 0.5
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBS NETWORK 9:30 PM 1,360 0.5
BOBS BURGERS ADULT SWIM 10:30 PM 1,128 0.5
INSIDE THE MLB TBS NETWORK 7:11 PM 1,453 0.5
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBS NETWORK 9:00 PM 1,447 0.5
MSNBC DEBATE PREVIEW MSNBC 8:00 PM 2,683 0.5
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBS NETWORK 10:00 PM 1,311 0.5
LITTLE WOMEN LA LIFETIME TELEVISION 9:00 PM 1,358 0.5
AMERICAN DAD ADULT SWIM 10:00 PM 1,061 0.5
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 4:00 PM 1,719 0.4
FRIENDS NICK-AT-NITE 11:30 PM 1,038 0.4
FAMILY GUY ADULT SWIM 3:00 AM 900 0.4
NBA PRE-SEASON L ESPN 10:05 PM 1,014 0.4
DAILY SHOW COMEDY CENTRAL 11:00 PM 1,073 0.4
AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX 11:00 PM 874 0.4
FRIENDS NICK-AT-NITE 11:00 PM 969 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 4:30 PM 1,771 0.4
SOUTH PARK COMEDY CENTRAL 8:00 PM 732 0.4
ROBOT CHICKEN ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 997 0.4
FAMILY GUY ADULT SWIM 2:30 AM 794 0.4
ROBOT CHICKEN ADULT SWIM 3:30 AM 792 0.4
FRIENDS NICK-AT-NITE 12:00 AM 870 0.4
CLEVELAND SHOW, THE ADULT SWIM 9:30 PM 862 0.4
3RD PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE CNN 1:00 AM 1,366 0.4
ROBOT CHICKEN ADULT SWIM 12:15 AM 903 0.4
ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT CNN 7:00 PM 1,765 0.4
ROBOT CHICKEN ADULT SWIM 3:45 AM 746 0.4
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 3:30 PM 1,454 0.4
FRIENDS NICK-AT-NITE 12:33 AM 814 0.4
SOUTH PARK COMEDY CENTRAL 7:28 PM 657 0.4
BOBS BURGERS ADULT SWIM 2:00 AM 734 0.4
BIG BANG THEORY, THE TBS NETWORK 8:27 PM 1,226 0.4
HANNITY FOX NEWS CHANNEL 1:00 AM 1,886 0.4
WORST COOKS 9 FOOD NETWORK 9:00 PM 1,081 0.4
SQUIDBILLIES ADULT SWIM 12:30 AM 801 0.4
LOUD HOUSE NICKELODEON 5:00 PM 1,719 0.4
MSNBC DEBATE ANALYSIS MSNBC 1:00 AM 1,769 0.4
FX MOVIE PRIME FX 7:29 PM 865 0.4
SOUTH PARK COMEDY CENTRAL 8:30 PM 671 0.4
AMERICAN DAD ADULT SWIM 1:30 AM 710 0.3
MARY SHELLEYS FRANKENHOLE ADULT SWIM 4:00 AM 697 0.3
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 3:51 AM 673 0.3
SQUIDBILLIES ADULT SWIM 12:45 AM 738 0.3
PROPERTY BROTHERS (1 HR) HOME AND GARDEN TV 8:00 PM 1,341 0.3
LOUD HOUSE NICKELODEON 5:30 PM 1,473 0.3
TOTAL BELLAS E! 8:00 PM 625 0.3
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 4:24 AM 669 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 1AM L ESPN 12:29 AM 695 0.3
DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 2:34 AM 1,125 0.3
ON THE RECORD WITH BRIT FOX NEWS CHANNEL 7:00 PM 2,491 0.3
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 4:57 AM 640 0.3
NCIS USA NETWORK 4:00 PM 1,396 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 2:00 PM 1,082 0.3
LUCY:DAUGHTER OF DEVIL ADULT SWIM 4:15 AM 637 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 3:00 PM 1,187 0.3
SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPK DISNEY CHANNEL 12:00 PM 992 0.3
AQUA TEEN HUNGERFORCE ADULT SWIM 1:00 AM 686 0.3
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 6:00 AM 625 0.3
FULL HOUSE NICK-AT-NITE 10:30 PM 846 0.3
M D E: WORLD PEACE ADULT SWIM 1:15 AM 646 0.3
SOUTH PARK COMEDY CENTRAL 6:56 PM 579 0.3
MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE DISNEY CHANNEL 9:30 AM 944 0.3
DOC FILES DISNEY CHANNEL 9:55 AM 938 0.3
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 5:29 AM 629 0.3
GOLDIE & BEAR DISNEY CHANNEL 10:00 AM 923 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 2:30 PM 1,048 0.3
KING OF THE HILL ADULT SWIM 9:00 PM 685 0.3
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR NICK-AT-NITE 1:06 AM 641 0.3
MLB NLCS PRE GAME L FOX SPORTS 1 7:30 PM 1,033 0.3
AQUA TEEN HUNGERFORCE ADULT SWIM 4:30 AM 586 0.3
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR NICK-AT-NITE 2:45 AM 603 0.3
CLEVELAND SHOW, THE ADULT SWIM 5:00 AM 613 0.3
HOMICIDE HUNTER LT JOE KE INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY 10:00 PM 1,136 0.3
GEORGE LOPEZ NICK-AT-NITE 3:18 AM 601 0.3
NCIS USA NETWORK 7:00 PM 1,345 0.3
NCIS USA NETWORK 5:00 PM 1,232 0.3
SOUTH PARK COMEDY CENTRAL 9:30 PM 567 0.3
NCIS USA NETWORK 6:00 PM 1,248 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 8:00 AM 953 0.3
BE INSPIRED SHORTS DISNEY CHANNEL 10:25 AM 894 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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