Once again, it was USA’s “WWE Monday Night Raw” that landed at the top of cable in the adults 18-49 measure for the week of August 27 – Sept. 2.

The 3-hour long broadcast scored the week’s top 2 spots with consistent 1.0s. VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” came third with a 0.9, followed by the third hour of “Raw” (0.9) and MTV’s “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation” (0.8). ESPN’s college football coverage landed several of the week’s top spots in the measure as well, thanks to the Northwestern vs Purdue game broadcast tying with its Saturday night game day coverage with matching 0.7s.

Meanwhile, Fox News’ “Hannity” returned to the top in the total viewers measure, scoring all of the top 3 spots with its Tuesday (3.41 million), Wednesday (3.40 million), and Monday night (3.28 million) broadcasts. MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” (3.28 million) came fourth, followed by another “Hannity” (3.08 million) and “WWE Raw” (3.08 million).

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for August 27 – Sept. 2, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,331
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,242
3 LOVE & HIP HOP HLLYWD 5 VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,178
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,139
5 JERSEY SHORE:FAM VACAY S2 MTV Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,024
WWE SMACKDOWN: WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 960
7 COLLEGE GAMEDAY L: N/A ESPN Sat. 9:00 AM 0.7 947
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME L: NORTHWESTERN/PURDUE ESPN Thurs. 7:57 PM 0.7 896
STREET OUTLAWS DISCOVERY Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 858
10 COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT L: OLE MISS/TEXAS TECH ESPN Sat. 12:00 PM 0.6 819
TEEN MOM II S8B REUNION 3 MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 755
90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE 90: N/A TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.6 742
POWER 5 STARZ Sun. 8:01 PM 0.6 742
14 BLACK INK CREW CHICAGO 4 VH1 Weds. 8:00 PM 0.5 691
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.5 678
DIESEL BROTHERS DISCOVERY Mon. 10:01 PM 0.5 666
BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.5 640
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 0.5 614
CHALLENGE:FINAL RECKONING MTV Tues. 9:00 PM 0.5 602
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC BRAVO Weds. 8:00 PM 0.5 589
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME L: BYU/ARIZONA ESPN Sat. 10:45 PM 0.5 589
TENNIS: US OPEN PRIME L: EARLY ROUND ESPN Fri. 7:11 PM 0.5 576
23 DEADLIEST CATCH DISCOVERY Tues. 9:01 PM 0.4 563
NASCAR CUP SERIES RACE L: DARLINGTON NBC SPORTS Sun. 7:15 PM 0.4 563
HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN Tues. 9:00 PM 0.4 538
MIZ & MRS USA Tues. 10:00 PM 0.4 538

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for August 27 – Sept. 2, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 3,411
2 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,396
3 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 3,283
4 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,280
5 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,083
6 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,076
7 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,067
8 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,927
9 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,878
10 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,846
11 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,771
12 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 2,739
13 CNN NEWSROOM CNN Sat. 12:35 PM 2,732
14 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 2,682
15 INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS Tues. 10:00 PM 2,665
16 NASCAR CUP SERIES RACE L: DARLINGTON NBC SPORTS NETWORK Sun. 7:15 PM 2,664
17 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 2,630
18 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 2,616
19 INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS Weds. 10:00 PM 2,614
20 FUNERAL OF JOHN MCCAIN CNN Sat. 12:00 PM 2,585
21 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,536
22 INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS Mon. 10:00 PM 2,521
23 INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,511
24 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC Weds. 10:00 PM 2,459
25 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC Mon. 10:00 PM 2,441

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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