Cable’s top scripted and unscripted programs stayed the same for the week of Sept. 23.

Once again, ESPN’s weekly “Monday Night Football” broadcast dominated the week’s cable charts, with the Chicago vs. Washington game posting a 3.7 rating in adults 18-49 with 10.33 million viewers, down again from the previous week’s “MNF” broadcast (4.1, 11.8 million). ESPN’s usual, pre-game “Monday Night Kickoff” special also secured the network the no. 2 spot in both charts, with a 1.8 and 5.61 million viewers.

Elsewhere, FX’s “American Horror Story: 1984” was cable’s highest-rated scripted program for the second week in a row, despite falling from its premiere’s 1.0 rating to a 0.7.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Sept. 23-29, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – CHICAGO/WASHINGTON ESPN Mon. 8:13 PM 3.7 4,710
2 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,304
3 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL 2019 WEEK 4 – PHI VS. GB NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:23 PM 1.4 1,805
4 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 11:25 PM 1.1 1,395
5 90 DAY FIANCE: OTHER WAY? TLC Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,024
COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT – TEXAS A&M/ARKANSAS ESPN Sat. 12:00 PM 0.8 998
90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE THE 90 DAYS TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.8 986
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.8 973
9 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 909
AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX Weds. 10:00 PM 0.7 870
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7 858
TNF POST-GAME NFL NETWORK Thurs. 11:53 PM 0.7 845
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.7 832
LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.7 832
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN Sat. 9:00 AM 0.7 832
16 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – MISSISSIPPI ST/AUBURN ESPN Sat. 7:14 PM 0.6 742
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – UCLA/ARIZONA ESPN Sat. 10:41 PM 0.6 730
NFL COUNTDOWN ESPN Sun. 10:00 AM 0.6 730
BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 704
SOUTH PARK COMEDY Weds. 10:00 PM 0.6 704
21 MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN ESPN Mon. 6:00 PM 0.5 678
LIVE PD: 237 LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.5 666
BASKETBALL WIVES VH1 Weds. 8:00 PM 0.5 653
LIVE PD: 236 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.5 640
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – ARIZONA STATE/CALIFORNIA ESPN Fri. 10:30 PM 0.5 614
BLACK INK CREW VH1 Weds. 9:01 PM 0.5 602
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.5 589
NFL GAMEDAY KICKOFF NFL NETWORK Thurs. 7:30 PM 0.5 576

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Sept. 23-29, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – CHICAGO/WASHINGTON ESPN Mon. 8:13 PM 10,327
2 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 5,610
3 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 4,022
4 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL 2019 WEEK 4 – PHI VS. GB NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:23 PM 3,993
5 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 3,861
6 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,790
7 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 3,715
8 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Weds. 5:00 PM 3,564
9 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,498
10 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 3,412
11 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,408
12 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,339
13 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,323
14 SR/TRUMP IMPEACH INQUIRY FOX NEWS Tues. 5:07 PM 3,283
15 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Weds. 10:00 PM 3,209
16 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:00 PM 3,205
17 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Tues. 10:00 PM 3,187
18 HANNITY FOX NEWS Fri. 9:00 PM 3,184
19 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 3,104
20 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Thurs. 5:00 PM 2,993
21 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Fri. 8:00 PM 2,909
22 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 2,831
23 90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE THE 90 DAYS TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 2,731
24 SPECIAL REPORT WITH BRET BAIER FOX NEWS Weds. 6:00 PM 2,728
25 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 2,720

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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