A slew of college and professional basketball games gave ESPN a strong presence in the cable charts for the week of Jan. 14.

The network’s Saturday night college basketball coverage earned ESPN the week’s highest-rated broadcast with a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49, while the Friday night NBA game between the Clippers and the Warriors placed fifth in the demo with a 0.8. All in all, ESPN’s live basketball coverage throughout the week ended up being nine of the week’s top 25 broadcasts.

USA’s “WWE Monday Night Raw” was the week’s second highest-rated broadcast in the demo with consistent 0.9s across its three-hour run time. Fox News, meanwhile, led the week in total viewers, with its Saturday night ediditon of “America’s News HQ” raking in a 3.85 million viewer audience.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Jan. 14-20, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN ESPN Sat. 6:16 PM 1.2 1,510
2 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,190
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,165
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,152
5 NBA REGULAR SEASON – GOLDEN STATE/LA CLIPPERS ESPN Fri. 10:51 PM 0.8 1,062
NBA BASKETBALL – LAKERS/THUNDER TNT Thurs. 9:39 PM 0.8 1,037
UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS ESPN Sat. 8:13 PM 0.8 1,024
8 LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.7 947
CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 0.7 947
NBA REGULAR SEASON – TORONTO/BOSTON ESPN Weds, 8:13 PM 0.7 934
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – SYRACUSE/DUKE ESPN Mon. 7:00 PM 0.7 909
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7 896
NBA REGULAR SEASON – NEW ORLEANS/GOLDEN STATE ESPN Weds, 10:43 PM 0.7 883
LIVE PD: 179 LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.7 883
DR. PIMPLE POPPER TLC Thurs. 9:00 PM 0.7 858
REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 0.7 845
TEEN MOM II MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 832
18 GOLD RUSH DISCOVERY Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 794
NFL PRIMETIME ESPN Sun. 10:31 PM 0.6 755
LIVE PD: 178 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 730
NBA AFTER THE BUZZER ESPN Weds. 1:11 AM 0.6 704
22 KIDS BAKING CHAMP FOOD Mon. 9:00 PM 0.5 678
NFL COUNTDOWN ESPN Sun. 12:00 PM 0.5 666
NBA REGULAR SEASON – SAN ANTONIO/MINNESOTA ESPN Fri. 8:13 PM 0.5 653
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – KENTUCKY/AUBURN ESPN Sat. 3:59 PM 0.5 653
NBA AFTER THE BUZZER ESPN Fri. 1:08 AM 0.5 640
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Sun. 11:30 PM 0.5 640
VANDERPUMP RULES BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.5 589
CARTEL CREW VH1 Mon. 9:01 PM 0.5 576
BLACK INK CREW CHICAGO VH1 Weds. 9:00 PM 0.5 576

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Jan. 14-20, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 AMERICAS NEWS HQ FOX NEWS Sat. 4:00 PM 3,845
2 COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN ESPN Sat. 6:16 PM 3,764
3 CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 3,519
4 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,375
5 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,347
6 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,274
7 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,155
8 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 3,073
9 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,030
10 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,997
11 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,980
12 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 2,955
13 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Fri. 8:00 PM 2,862
14 DR. PIMPLE POPPER TLC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,839
15 HANNITY FOX NEWS Fri. 9:00 PM 2,783
16 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,781
17 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 2,775
18 HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: WINTER LOVE STORY HALLMARK Sat. 8:00 PM 2,691
19 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 2,669
20 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Mon. 5:00 PM 2,665
21 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 2,665
22 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 2,657
23 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,652
24 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 2,628
25 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Tues. 5:00 PM 2,618

All ratings are live + same-day. 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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