Sports continued their domination over the cable ratings throughout the week of Dec. 30.

ESPN’s broadcast of the Rose Bowl game between Wisconsin and Oregon was the week’s highest-rated and most-watched cable show, with a 3.8 rating in the adults 18-49 demo and 15.7 million viewers tuning in. It landed at the top of yet another sports-heavy week, where ESPN generated 28 of the week’s 32 highest-rated cable shows.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Dec. 30, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 ROSE BOWL ESPN Weds. 5:06 PM 3.8 4,826
2 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN Weds. 8:47 PM 3.3 4,211
3 SUGAR BOWL – GEORGIA/BAYLOR ESPN Weds. 8:57 PM 2.7 3,418
4 NFL WILDCARD ESPN Sat. 4:34 PM 2.5 3,238
5 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN Weds. 4:55 PM 2.4 3,072
6 SUGAR BOWL SUST ESPN Weds. 12:26 AM 1.6 2,035
7 ORANGE BOWL – FLORIDA/VIRGINIA ESPN Mon. 8:10 PM 1.5 1,920
8 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN Weds. 4:22 PM 1.4 1,830
9 COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – UTAH/TEXAS ESPN Tues. 7:30 PM 1.3 1,677
10 COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – INDIANA/TENNESSEE ESPN Thurs. 7:01 PM 1.1 1,370
11 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN Weds. 12:38 AM 1.0 1,318
COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,254
NFL WILD CARD KICKOFF ESPN Sat. 4:20 PM 1.0 1,229
14 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 11:43 PM 0.9 1,190
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – MINNESOTA/AUBURN ESPN Weds. 12:58 PM 0.9 1,152
COLL FTBL SCOREBOARD ESPN Tues. 6:57 PM 0.9 1,088
17 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,024
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN Sat. 8:21 PM 0.8 1,024
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 998
20 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.7 922
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 0.7 922
NBA REGULAR SEASON – NEW ORLEANS/LA LAKERS ESPN Fri. 10:40 PM 0.7 896
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – NAVY/KANSAS STATE ESPN Tues. 3:45 PM 0.7 870
24 LIVE PD: 261 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 781
DR. PIMPLE POPPER TLC Thurs. 9:00 PM 0.6 768
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – VIRGINIA TECH/KENTUCKY ESPN Tues. 12:00 PM 0.6 755
NBA REGULAR SEASON – PHILADELPHIA/HOUSTON ESPN Fri. 8:13 PM 0.6 755
SPORTSCENTER LATE ESPN Tues. 10:40 PM 0.6 742
COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 7:27 PM 0.6 717
MY FEET ARE KILLING ME TLC Thurs. 10:02 PM 0.6 717
GOLD RUSH DISCOVERY Fri. 8:00 PM 0.6 717
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Weds. 12:52 AM 0.6 704

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Dec. 30, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 ROSE BOWL ESPN Weds. 5:06 PM 15,698
2 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN Weds. 8:47 PM 13,050
3 SUGAR BOWL – GEORGIA/BAYLOR ESPN Weds. 8:57 PM 9,915
4 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN Weds. 4:55 PM 9,623
5 NFL WILDCARD ESPN Sat. 4:34 PM 8,215
6 ORANGE BOWL – FLORIDA/VIRGINIA ESPN Mon. 8:10 PM 6,067
7 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN Weds. 4:22 PM 5,824
8 SUGAR BOWL SUST ESPN Weds. 12:26 AM 5,774
9 COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – UTAH/TEXAS ESPN Tues. 7:30 PM 5,608
10 COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – INDIANA/TENNESSEE ESPN Thurs. 7:01 PM 4,317
11 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 4,211
12 COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – MINNESOTA/AUBURN ESPN Weds. 12:58 PM 3,985
13 COLL FTBL SCOREBOARD ESPN Tues. 6:57 PM 3,471
14 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,470
15 HANNITY FOX NEWS Fri. 9:00 PM 3,460
16 NFL WILD CARD KICKOFF ESPN Sat. 4:20 PM 3,388
17 COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – NAVY/KANSAS STATE ESPN Tues. 3:45 PM 3,326
18 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN Weds. 12:38 AM 3,293
19 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Fri. 8:00 PM 3,284
20 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Fri. 5:00 PM 3,152
21 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,064
22 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 11:43 PM 3,002
23 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,889
24 DR. PIMPLE POPPER TLC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,801
25 MY FEET ARE KILLING ME TLC Thurs. 10:02 PM 2,789

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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