The cable charts remained sports and news heavy for the week of Dec. 3.

ESPN’s broadcast of the Washington vs. Philadelphia game kept “Monday Night Football” on top with a 3.6 rating in adults 18-49, up five-tenths from the previous week’s “MNF” game. The network’s usual “Monday Night Kickoff” came second with a 1.5, followed by a late-night “SportsCenter” (1.2) and Saturday night’s Heisman trophy presentation (0.9).

“MNF” also won the week in total viewers with 11.24 million, while the Tuesday night broadcast of MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” led cable news with 3.47 million viewers. The History Channel’s “Curse of Oak Island” landed high in both charts as well, despite slipping in adults 18-49 (0.7, -0.1) and viewers (3.30 vs. 3.41 million).

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Dec. 3-9, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – WASHINGTON/PHILADELPHIA ESPN Mon. 8:13 PM 3.6 4,634
2 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 1.5 1,869
3 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 11:16 PM 1.2 1,549
4 HEISMAN TROPHY ESPN Sat. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,126
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,088
6 LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,075
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.8 1,062
NBA REGULAR SEASON – SAN ANTONIO/LA LAKERS ESPN Weds. 10:38 PM 0.8 1,062
REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,050
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.8 960
NBA REGULAR SEASON – GOLDEN STATE/MILWAUKEE ESPN Fri. 9:47 PM 0.8 960
12 CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 0.7 947
NBA REGULAR SEASON – PHILADELPHIA/TORONTO ESPN Weds. 8:12 PM 0.7 934
BELOW DECK BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.7 883
LIVE PD: 168 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.7 870
LIVE PD: 169 LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.7 858
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7 845
JERSEY SHORE: FAM VACAY MTV Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.7 845
NFLN THU NT FTBLL-SUS NFL NETWORK Thurs. 11:05 PM 0.7 845
NFLN THU NT FOOTBALL – JAX VS. TEN NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:23 PM 0.7 832
21 TOP RANK BOXING – VASILIY LOMACHENKO/JOSE PEDRAZA ESPN Sat. 9:12 PM 0.6 806
90 DAY FIANCE TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.6 806
NBA AFTER THE BUZZER ESPN Weds. 1:07 AM 0.6 742
NBA AFTER THE BUZZER ESPN Fri. 11:59 PM 0.6 742
HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: WELCOME TO CHRISTMAS HALLMARK Sun. 8:00 PM 0.6 730
NBA REGULAR SEASON – PHILADELPHIA/DETROIT ESPN Fri. 7:12 PM 0.6 717
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO Sun. 9:00 PM 0.6 717

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Dec. 3-9, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – WASHINGTON/PHILADELPHIA ESPN Mon. 8:13 PM 11,237
2 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 4,746
3 HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: HOMEGROWN CHRISTMAS HALLMARK Sat. 8:00 PM 3,806
4 PRES GHW BUSH FUNERAL FOX NEWS Weds. 12:00 PM 3,608
5 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,465
6 HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: WELCOME TO CHRISTMAS HALLMARK Sun. 8:00 PM 3,428
7 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 3,356
8 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Thurs. 5:00 PM 3,337
9 PRES GHW BUSH FUNERAL FOX NEWS Weds. 11:00 AM 3,330
10 CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 3,302
11 PRES GHW BUSH FUNERAL FOX NEWS Weds. 1:00 PM 3,176
12 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,168
13 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,132
14 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 11:16 PM 3,088
15 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,011
16 HEISMAN TROPHY ESPN Sat. 8:00 PM 2,928
17 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,883
18 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 2,858
19 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 2,827
20 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 2,775
21 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 2,768
22 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 2,741
23 PRES GH BUSH STATE CPTL FOX NEWS Mon. 4:30 PM 2,695
24 OUTNUMBERED OVERTIME FOX NEWS Weds. 1:43 PM 2,671
25 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Weds. 5:00 PM 2,638

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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