“Monday Night Football” was the No. 1 show on cable in the week of Oct. 9, as it usually is in the fall. Its 3.7 rating among adults 18-49 and 10.36 million viewers led a very sports-heavy week in the rankings.

NFL, college football and baseball playoff games and related programming take up 10 of the top 12 and 18 spots overall (including ties) in the top 25 among adults 18-49. They also occupy more than half the total-viewer chart. In both cases, the deciding game of the American League Division Series between Cleveland and the New York Yankees finished second to “MNF.”

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

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – VIKINGS/BEARS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 3.7 4,828
2 ALDS – YANKEES/INDIANS GM 5 FS1 Weds. 8:02 PM 2.2 2,791
3 NLDS – CUBS/NATIONALS GM 5 TBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 2.0 2,574
4 NLCS – CUBS/DODGERS GM 2 TBS Sun. 7:30 PM 1.9 2,499
5 NLCS – CUBS/DODGERS GM 1 TBS Sat. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,300
6 ALCS – YANKEES/ASTROS GM 1 FS1 Fri. 8:00 PM 1.6 2,015
7 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – EAGLES/PANTHERS NFLN Thurs. 8:26 PM 1.4 1,780
8 ALDS – INDIANS/YANKEES GM 4 FS1 Mon. 7:01 PM 1.2 1,611
9 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – ARKANSAS/ALABAMA ESPN Sat. 7:25 PM 1.1 1,465
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – OKLAHOMA/TEXAS ESPN Sat. 3:30 PM 1.1 1,422
LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,421
SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:44 PM 1.1 1,405
13 NLDS – NATIONALS/CUBS GM 4 TBS Weds. 4:00 PM 1.0 1,344
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT FX Tues. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,337
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,281
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,257
TNF POSTGAME NFLN Thurs. 11:46 PM 1.0 1,241
18 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,198
19 ALCS POSTGAME FS1 Fri. 11:31 PM 0.8 1,089
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,032
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – CLEMSON/SYRACUSE ESPN Fri. 7:00 PM 0.8 1,031
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD – F AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,028
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – WASHINGTON/ARIZONA ST. ESPN Sat. 10:45 PM 0.8 1,020
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – S. CAROLINA/TENNESSEE ESPN Sat. 12:00 PM 0.8 1,015
BET HIP HOP AWARDS – S BET Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 992
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – WASHINGTON ST./CAL ESPN Fri. 10:35 PM 0.8 979

 

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

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – VIKINGS/BEARS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 10,356
2 ALDS – YANKEES/INDIANS GM 5 FS1 Weds. 8:02 PM 7,274
3 NLDS – CUBS/NATIONALS GM 5 TBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 7,038
4 NLCS – CUBS/DODGERS GM 2 TBS Sun. 7:30 PM 6,759
5 NLCS – CUBS/DODGERS GM 1 TBS Sat. 8:00 PM 6,326
6 ALCS – YANKEES/ASTROS GM 1 FS1 Fri. 8:00 PM 6,158
7 ALDS – INDIANS/YANKEES GM 4 FS1 Mon. 7:01 PM 4,505
8 NLDS – NATIONALS/CUBS GM 4 TBS Weds. 4:00 PM 4,118
9 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – ARKANSAS/ALABAMA ESPN Sat. 7:25 PM 3,866
10 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – OKLAHOMA/TEXAS ESPN Sat. 3:30 PM 3,619
11 HANNITY FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,612
12 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – EAGLES/PANTHERS NFLN Thurs. 8:26 PM 3,561
13 HANNITY FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,235
14 HANNITY FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,046
15 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 3,017
16 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,012
17 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,905
18 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,898
19 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – CLEMSON/SYRACUSE ESPN Fri. 7:00 PM 2,853
20 NLDS – NATIONALS/CUBS GM 3 TBS Mon. 4:00 PM 2,844
21 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 2,752
22 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,723
23 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 2,714
24 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:44 PM 2,659
25 HANNITY FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,625

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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