Coverage of Donald Trump’s inauguration as president was, unsurprisingly, the biggest thing on cable for the week of Jan. 16-22. Daytime coverage of the inauguration as a whole delivered 30.64 million viewers, with Fox News’ noon-1 p.m. ET hour (10.98 million) drawing the largest crowd for any single segment.

A rematch of last year’s NBA Finals between the Cavaliers and Warriors tied the inauguration coverage for the lead among adults 18-49 at 1.8.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Jan. 16-22, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 NBA BASKETBALL – CAVALIERS/WARRIORS TNT Mon. 8:01 PM 1.8 2,324
AEHQ: INAUGURATION 2017 FNC Fri. 12:00 PM 1.8 2,316
3 AEHQ: INAUGURATION 2017 FNC Fri. 11:00 AM 1.6 2,006
4 AEHQ: INAUGURATION 2017 FNC Fri. 1:00 PM 1.4 1,741
5 LOVE & HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,691
AEHQ: INAUGURATION 2017 FNC Fri. 4:00 PM 1.3 1,658
7 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,583
THE FIVE FNC Fri. 5:00 PM 1.2 1,569
SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Fri. 6:00 PM 1.2 1,530
NBA BASKETBALL – THUNDER/WARRIORS ESPN Weds. 10:34 PM 1.2 1,515
11 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,412
AEHQ: INAUGURATION 2017 FNC Fri. 3:00 PM 1.1 1,408
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.1 1,389
HANNITY FNC Fri. 10:00 PM 1.1 1,369
15 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,336
AEHQ: INAUGURATION 2017 FNC Fri. 2:00 PM 1.0 1,328
THE FIRST 100 DAYS FNC Fri. 7:00 PM 1.0 1,302
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Fri. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,278
GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,252
THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Fri. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,233
21 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN Fri. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,216
AMERICA’S NEWSROOM FNC Fri. 10:00 AM 0.9 1,198
FAST N LOUD DISC Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,197
LEAVE IT TO STEVIE VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,169
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,159
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Tues. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,155
FAMILY GUY ADSM Tues. 11:30 PM 0.9 1,146
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 9:30 PM 0.9 1,139
HANNITY FNC Fri. 11:00 PM 0.9 1,135
FAMILY GUY ADSM Sun. 11:00 PM 0.9 1,126
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,109
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Tues. 9:30 PM 0.9 1,098
PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION CNN Fri. 12:00 PM 0.9 1,091

 

Top 25 cable shows in viewers for Jan. 16-22, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 AEHQ: INAUGURATION 2017 FNC Fri. 12:00 PM 10,975
2 AEHQ: INAUGURATION 2017 FNC Fri. 11:00 AM 9,991
3 AEHQ: INAUGURATION 2017 FNC Fri. 4:00 PM 8,717
4 AEHQ: INAUGURATION 2017 FNC Fri. 1:00 PM 8,565
5 THE FIVE FNC Fri. 5:00 PM 8,319
6 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Fri. 6:00 PM 8,197
7 AEHQ: INAUGURATION 2017 FNC Fri. 3:00 PM 7,428
8 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Fri. 8:00 PM 7,092
9 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Fri. 9:00 PM 7,018
10 AEHQ: INAUGURATION 2017 FNC Fri. 2:00 PM 6,895
11 HANNITY FNC Fri. 10:00 PM 6,764
12 AMERICA’S NEWSROOM FNC Fri. 10:00 AM 6,550
13 THE FIRST 100 DAYS FNC Fri. 7:00 PM 6,413
14 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Thurs. 6:00 PM 5,592
15 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN Fri. 9:00 PM 5,418
16 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 5,394
17 HANNITY FNC Fri. 11:00 PM 5,392
18 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 5,065
19 THE FIVE FNC Thurs. 5:00 PM 4,702
20 AMERICA’S NEWSROOM FNC Fri. 9:00 AM 4,637
21 NBA BASKETBALL – CAVALIERS/WARRIORS TNT Mon. 8:01 PM 4,529
22 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 4,358
23 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 4,311
24 THE FIRST 100 DAYS FNC Thurs. 7:00 PM 4,299
25 CNN TONIGHT CNN Fri. 10:00 PM 4,108

All ratings are live + same-day. Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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