The second and third episodes of “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” and “Mayans M.C.” scored easily the biggest gains in the cable live +3 ratings for the week of Sept. 17.

Both airing on FX, “AHS” posted a 2.3 L+3 rating in the adults 18-49 demo and grew the most of any of the week’s cable shows, ticking up 1.2 points from its initial 1.1 (+109%) with three days of delayed viewing. “Mayans M.C.” had the second largest gain, rising from a 0.8 to a 1.7 (+112%). The two dramas were beaten in the demo only by live football coverage on ESPN (4.1) and the NFL Network (3.1).

“Apocalypse” (+2.41 million) and “Mayans” (+2.12 million) also both posted the largest gains in total viewers for the week.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for Sept. 17-23, 2018

Rank Show Net L+3 18-49 rating Gain vs. Live + SD % gain vs. Live + SD
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON L ESPN 4.1 0.0 0%
2 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NFLN 3.1 0.0 0%
3 AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX 2.3 1.2 109%
4 MAYANS M.C. FX 1.7 0.9 112%
5 JERSEY SHORE: FAM VACAY MTV 1.4 0.6 75%
LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 1.4 0.4 40%
7 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRVO 1.1 0.5 83%
90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE 90 TLC 1.1 0.3 38%
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 1.1 0.1 10%
10 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC 1.0 0.3 43%
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 1.0 0.1 11%
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 1.0 0.1 11%
13 BETTER CALL SAUL AMC 0.9 0.5 125%
KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS ENT 0.9 0.4 80%
THE PURGE USA 0.9 0.5 125%
WWE SMACKDOWN USA 0.9 0.1 12%
BLACK INK CREW VH1 0.9 0.3 50%
18 LIVE PD – P AEN 0.8 0.2 33%
LIVE PD AEN 0.8 0.2 33%
CHALLENGE: FINAL RECKONING MTV 0.8 0.3 60%
FLORIBAMA SHORE MTV 0.8 0.5 167%
SHAMELESS SHO1 0.8 0.4 100%
BLACK INK CREW CHICAGO VH1 0.8 0.2 33%
24 SNOWFALL FX 0.7 0.4 133%
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 0.7 0.4 133%

Top 25 cable shows in Live +3 viewers for Sept. 17-23, 2018

Rank Show Net L+3 viewers (000s) Gain vs. Live + SD (000s) % gain vs. Live + SD
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON L ESPN 11,948 59 0%
2 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NFLN 8,758 70 1%
3 AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX 4,631 2,408 108%
4 MAYANS M.C. FX 4,227 2,121 101%
5 HANNITY FXNC 3,802 53 1%
6 HANNITY FXNC 3,673 66 2%
7 HANNITY FXNC 3,647 67 2%
8 HANNITY FXNC 3,563 77 2%
9 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FXNC 3,520 78 2%
10 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 3,464 124 4%
11 HANNITY FXNC 3,371 98 3%
12 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FXNC 3,312 54 2%
13 HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE – P HALL 3,299 603 22%
14 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 3,152 70 2%
15 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 3,134 285 10%
16 INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FXNC 3,123 61 2%
17 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FXNC 3,117 60 2%
18 INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FXNC 3,115 57 2%
19 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FXNC 3,099 27 1%
20 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 3,083 107 4%
21 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 3,059 70 2%
22 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 3,035 136 5%
23 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FXNC 3,033 46 2%
24 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 3,023 268 10%
25 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC 2,966 930 46%

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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