Live sports grabbed the top spots in the cable ratings for the week of August 19.

ESPN’s broadcast of the Saturday night college football game between Miami and Florida led the week’s ratings with a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49. The game stole the no. 1 spot in the total viewers chart from Fox News too, with a 5.97 million viewer audience.

The Monday night NFL Preseason game between San Francisco and Denver also gave ESPN the week’s second-highest spot among adults 18-49, with a 0.9 rating. TLC’s “90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days” and one hour of USA’s “WWE Monday Night Raw” broadcast tied for second place in the demo with a pair of 0.9s as well.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for August 19-25, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – MIAMI(FL)/FLORIDA ESPN Sat. 7:00 PM 2.1 2,688
2 NFL PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL – SAN FRANCISCO/DENVER ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,139
90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE THE 90 DAYS TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,101
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,088
5 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.8 1,011
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,011
7 LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.7 934
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7 870
CFB 150 ESPN Sat. 10:52 PM 0.7 858
90 DAY FIANCE: OTHER WAY? TLC Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 845
11 LIVE PD: 232 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 819
COLLEGE FOOTBALL COUNTDOWN ESPN Sat. 6:11 PM 0.6 781
BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 717
BASKETBALL WIVES VH1 Weds. 8:00 PM 0.6 717
POWER STARZ Sun. 8:03 PM 0.6 717
BLACK INK CREW VH1 Weds. 9:01 PM 0.6 704
MLB SUNDAY NIGHT – NEW YORK YANKEES/LOS ANGELES DODGERS ESPN Sun. 7:00 PM 0.6 704
18 YELLOWSTONE PARAMOUNT Weds. 10:00 PM 0.5 678
LIVE PD: 233 LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.5 678
JERSEY SHORE: FAM VACATION MTV Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.5 640
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.5 614
UNEXPECTED TLC Sun. 10:00 PM 0.5 614
23 FAMILY CHANTEL TLC Mon. 10:00 PM 0.4 563
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 0.4 550
SPORTSCENTER LATE ESPN Mon. 11:23 PM 0.4 525
STRAIGHT UP STEVE AUSTIN USA Mon. 11:00 PM 0.4 525
ANIMAL KINGDOM TNT Tues. 9:00 PM 0.4 525
SOUTHERN CHARM BRAVO Weds. 9:00 PM 0.4 512
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN Sat. 9:00 AM 0.4 512
TEEN MOM MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.4 499
AMERICAN DAD TBS Mon. 10:00 PM 0.4 486
MIZ & MRS USA Tues. 10:00 PM 0.4 486
SNOWFALL FX Weds. 10:00 PM 0.4 486
FLIP OR FLOP HOME Thurs. 9:00 PM 0.4 486
SPORTSCENTER ESPN Sat. 12:21 AM 0.4 474
GIRLS CRUISE VH1 Mon. 9:01 PM 0.4 448

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for August 19-25, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – MIAMI(FL)/FLORIDA ESPN Sat. 7:00 PM 5,966
2 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 3,311
3 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,122
4 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 3,118
5 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 3,104
6 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 3,091
7 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,063
8 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,031
9 NFL PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL – SAN FRANCISCO/DENVER ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 3,011
10 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 2,893
11 90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE THE 90 DAYS TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 2,768
12 TUCKER CARLSON SPECIAL FOX NEWS Fri. 8:00 PM 2,659
13 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,634
14 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Mon. 5:00 PM 2,589
15 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Weds. 5:00 PM 2,555
16 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 2,546
17 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Mon. 10:00 PM 2,537
18 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,514
19 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Tues. 10:00 PM 2,501
HANNITY SPECIAL FOX NEWS Fri. 9:00 PM 2,501
21 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,482
22 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,469
23 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Tues. 5:00 PM 2,460
24 YELLOWSTONE PARAMOUNT Weds. 10:00 PM 2,458
25 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,451

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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