The first presidential debate and a pair of NFL games dominate the top of the Live +3 ratings for Sept. 26-Oct. 2 — with one exception: “American Horror Story: Roanoke.”

The FX show’s third episode nearly doubled both its 18-49 rating (1.7 to 3.3) and its total audience (3.08 million to 6.03 million) with three days of DVR and on-demand viewing. It moved up from a fifth-place tie to second in adults 18-49, passing both NFL games, and from 20th to seventh in viewers.

The final two episodes of “Fear the Walking Dead’s” season (2.4 and 2.0 in adults 18-49) were the next-best entertainment shows in the rankings.

Top 25 cable shows in Live +3 adults 18-49 for Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2016

Rank Show Net L+3 18-49 rating Gain vs. Live + SD % gain vs. Live + SD
1 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE CNN 3.6 0.0 0%
2 AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ROANOKE FX 3.3 1.6 94%
3 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – FALCONS/SAINTS ESPN 3.1 0.0 0%
4 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – DOLPHINS/BENGALS NFLN 3.0 0.0 0%
5 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD – 9 p.m. AMC 2.4 0.8 50%
PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE FNC 2.4 0.1 4%
7 DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 2.2 0.0 0%
8 DEBATE ANALYSIS FNC 2.1 0.0 0%
9 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD – 10 p.m. – F AMC 2.0 0.7 54%
10 SOUTH PARK COM 1.8 0.7 64%
11 TEEN MOM MTV 1.5 0.8 114%
12 LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 1.4 0.3 27%
13 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO 1.3 0.7 117%
14 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 1.2 0.0 0%
15 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NJ BRAVO 1.1 0.4 57%
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – STANFORD/WASHINGTON ESPN 1.1 0.0 0%
WESTWORLD – P HBO 1.1 0.3 38%
PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE MSNBC 1.1 0.0 0%
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 8 p.m. USA 1.1 0.1 10%
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST USA 1.1 0.4 57%
BASKETBALL WIVES LA VH1 1.1 0.3 38%
22 60 DAYS IN A&E 1.0 0.4 67%
BELOW DECK BRAVO 1.0 0.4 67%
ROB & CHYNA E! 1.0 0.3 43%
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 9 p.m. USA 1.0 0.2 25%

 

Top 25 cable shows in Live +3 viewers for Sept. 26-Oct. 22016

Rank Show Net L+3 viewers (000s) Gain vs. Live + SD (000s) % gain vs. Live + SD
1 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE FNC 11556 127 1%
2 DEBATE ANALYSIS FNC 10055 77 1%
3 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE CNN 10098 163 2%
4 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – CHIEFS/STEELERS ESPN 8111 64 1%
5 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – DOLPHINS/BENGALS NFLN 7950 53 1%
6 DEBATE NIGHT IN AMERICA CNN 6972 49 1%
7 AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ROANOKE FX 6031 2952 96%
8 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD – 9 p.m. AMC 5319 1648 45%
9 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE MSNBC 5003 88 2%
10 THE O’REILLY FACTOR – MON. FNC 4858 15 0%
11 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD – 10 p.m. – F AMC 4522 1474 48%
12 DEBATE ANALYSIS MSNBC 4146 47 1%
13 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 3785 4 0%
14 THE O’REILLY FACTOR – WEDS. FNC 3587 39 1%
15 THE O’REILLY FACTOR – TUES. FNC 3412 24 1%
16 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – STANFORD/WASHINGTON ESPN 3355 22 1%
17 THE O’REILLY FACTOR – THURS. FNC 3270 45 1%
18 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 8 p.m. USA 3207 355 12%
19 THE KELLY FILE – WEDS. FNC 3099 37 1%
20 SOUTH PARK COM 2953 1167 65%
21 CHESAPEAKE SHORES HALL 2872 684 31%
PROJECT RUNWAY LIFE 2872 1063 59%
23 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO 2830 1385 96%
24 THE KELLY FILE – TUES. FNC 2815 20 1%
25 CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST USA 2813 983 54%

Source: The Nielsen Company

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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