The College Football Playoff title game has shrunk in each of the past two years, but it was still way bigger than anything else on cable in the week of Jan. 9-15.

The game between Clemson and Alabama — a rematch of the 2016 championship — delivered an 8.0 rating and 24.42 million viewers. That’s down from an 8.3 and 25.67 million a year ago, but it was still the runaway No. 1 in both measures for the week.

The next-highest shows not related to the game were “Love & Hip Hop” and “Gold Rush,” each of which drew a 1.1 in adults 18-49. The Wednesday “O’Reilly Factor” was the non-CFP leader in viewers at 4.34 million.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Jan. 9-15, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP – CLEMSON/ALABAMA ESPN Mon. 8:19 PM 8.0 10,290
2 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP PREGAME ESPN Mon. 7:59 PM 4.5 5,747
3 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP POSTGAME ESPN Mon. 12:36 AM 3.6 4,604
4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 7:30 PM 1.9 2,452
5 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 12:59 AM 1.4 1,849
6 LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,446
GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,433
8 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN Tues. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,338
ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN Tues. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,300
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,283
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,279
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,273
13 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,179
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 9:30 PM 0.9 1,177
THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,176
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,135
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Tues. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,119
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:30 PM 0.9 1,112
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:00 PM 0.9 1,093
20 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,088
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Thurs. 10:00 PM 0.8 1,079
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,078
FAMILY GUY ADSM Thurs. 11:30 PM 0.8 1,072
LEAVE IT TO STEVIE VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,070
FAMILY GUY ADSM Tues. 11:30 PM 0.8 1,064
FAMILY GUY ADSM Thurs. 11:00 PM 0.8 1,053
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Thurs. 10:30 PM 0.8 1,043
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Tues. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,032
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Tues. 9:30 PM 0.8 1,030
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 8:30 PM 0.8 1,023
FIXER UPPER HGTV Tues. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,011
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Tues. 10:30 PM 0.8 1,005
TEEN MOM II MTV Weds. 8:00 PM 0.8 991

 

Top 25 cable shows in viewers for Jan. 9-15, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP – CLEMSON/ALABAMA ESPN Mon. 8:19 PM 24,421
2 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP PREGAME ESPN Mon. 7:59 PM 14,475
3 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP POSTGAME ESPN Mon. 12:36 AM 9,444
4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 7:30 PM 5,387
5 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 4,344
6 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 4,110
7 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN Tues. 9:00 PM 3,751
8 FIXER UPPER HGTV Tues. 9:00 PM 3,745
9 GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 3,690
10 ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN Tues. 10:00 PM 3,688
11 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,485
12 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 3,454
13 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 12:59 AM 3,388
14 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 3,347
15 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,314
16 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,206
17 THE FIVE FNC Weds. 5:00 PM 3,161
18 HAPPENING NOW FNC Weds. 11:00 AM 3,133
19 HANNITY FNC Weds. 10:00 PM 3,125
20 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Weds. 6:00 PM 3,109
21 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Thurs. 6:00 PM 3,068
22 THE FIVE FNC Mon. 5:00 PM 3,032
23 OUTNUMBERED FNC Weds. 12:00 PM 3,030
24 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 3,023
25 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,018

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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