The returns of “Monday Night Football” and “Thursday Night Football” predictably dominated the top of the cable ratings in the week of Sept. 11. Right behind those games, however, “Rick & Morty” continued its strong third season.

The Adult Swim show drew a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49, up a tenth from the previous week. It tied for fourth place overall on cable. “Rick & Morty” also made the top 25 in total viewers with 2.51 million.

The first game of a “Monday Night Football” doubleheader led the week in both viewers (11.4 million) and adults 18-49 (4.2).

Top 25 cable shows in adults 18-49 for Sept. 11-17, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – SAINTS/VIKINGS ESPN Mon. 6:55 PM 4.2 5,430
2 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – CHARGERS/BRONCOS ESPN Mon. 10:12 PM 3.9 5,081
3 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – TEXANS/BENGALS NFLN Thurs. 8:26 PM 3.1 3,945
4 RICK & MORTY ADSM Sun. 11:30 PM 1.4 1,822
NFL TOTAL ACCESS NFLN Thurs. 11:30 PM 1.4 1,790
6 AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT FX Tues. 10:00 PM 1.2 1,605
7 TNF PRE-KICK NFLN Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,386
8 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,335
LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,331
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,305
SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 1:21 AM 1.0 1,262
SOUTH PARK – P COM Weds. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,238
13 RICK & MORTY ADSM Sun. 11:00 PM 0.9 1,221
FAMILY GUY ADSM Sun. 10:30 PM 0.9 1,216
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,206
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,141
17 FAMILY GUY ADSM Mon. 11:00 PM 0.8 1,093
FAMILY GUY ADSM Sun. 10:00 PM 0.8 1,068
FAMILY GUY ADSM Mon. 11:30 PM 0.8 1,053
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – LSU/MISSISSIPPI ST. ESPN Sat. 7:04 PM 0.8 1,042
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:30 PM 0.8 1,040
TEEN MOM II MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,004
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Tues. 9:30 PM 0.8 990
FAMILY GUY ADSM Tues. 11:00 PM 0.8 980
25 FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:00 PM 0.7 964

Note: 15 other shows also had 0.7 ratings but not as many viewers in the 18-49 demographic.

Top 25 cable shows in viewers for Sept. 11-17, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – SAINTS/VIKINGS ESPN Mon. 6:55 PM 11,401
2 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – CHARGERS/BRONCOS ESPN Mon. 10:12 PM 9,948
3 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – TEXANS/BENGALS NFLN Thurs. 8:26 PM 8,095
4 NFL TOTAL ACCESS NFLN Thurs. 11:30 PM 3,320
5 TNF PRE-KICK NFLN Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,093
6 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,027
7 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,992
8 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,950
9 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 2,940
10 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,778
11 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 2,776
12 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 2,759
13 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 2,704
14 THE FIVE FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,693
15 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,686
16 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,658
17 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 2,646
18 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,609
19 THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN Tues. 9:00 PM 2,584
20 RICK & MORTY ADSM Sun. 11:30 PM 2,510
21 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – LSU/MISSISSIPPI ST. ESPN Sat. 7:04 PM 2,498
22 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,483
23 THE FIVE FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,471
24 HANNITY FNC Weds. 10:00 PM 2,425
25 AMERICAN HORROR STORY: CULT FX Tues. 10:00 PM 2,384

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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