The college football national championship game, unsurprisingly, towered over all of its cable competition for the week of Jan. 13.

ESPN’s broadcast of the Clemson vs. LSU championship game won the week in both the adults 18-49 demo and in total viewers, with a massive 7.5 rating and a 25 million viewer audience. ESPN’s additional postgame and pregame coverage of the championship secured the network the following 4 spots in the week’s 18-49 chart, as well as the second, third, and fourth place spots in the total viewers chart.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Jan. 13-19, 2020

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP – CLEMSON/LSU ESPN Mon. 8:19 PM 7.5 9,587
2 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP SUST ESPN Mon. 12:06 AM 5.5 7,078
3 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 7:58 PM 4.5 5,709
4 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 12:19 AM 3.0 3,878
5 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 7:33 PM 1.9 2,432
6 CNN/DESMOINES REG DEM DEB CNN Tues. 9:01 PM 1.4 1,728
7 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 12:42 AM 1.3 1,626
8 CNN/DM REG DEM DEB CLOSE CNN Tues. 10:58 PM 1.0 1,267
9 CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 0.7 947
UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS ESPN Sat. 8:22 PM 0.7 934
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN Mon. 1:46 AM 0.7 883
90 DAY FIANCE TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.7 858
CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVE ESPN Mon. 5:57 PM 0.7 845
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.7 845
15 DR. PIMPLE POPPER TLC Thurs. 9:00 PM 0.6 819
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 0.6 819
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 781
MY FEET ARE KILLING ME TLC Thurs. 10:00 PM 0.6 781
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN ESPN Sat. 6:17 PM 0.6 781
BELOW DECK BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 755
LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.6 755
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.6 717
23 GOLD RUSH DISCOVERY Fri. 8:00 PM 0.5 678
LIVE PD: 267 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.5 640
NFL COUNTDOWN – POSTSEASON NFL COUNTDOWN ESPN Sun. 12:00 PM 0.5 640
LOVE & HIP HOP MIAMI VH1 Mon. 9:01 PM 0.5 627
CNN POST-DEBATE ANALYSIS CNN Tues. 11:11 PM 0.5 602
LIVE PD: 268 LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.5 602
NBA BASKETBALL – CELTICS/BUCKS TNT Thurs. 8:14 PM 0.5 589
MOVIE- ORIGINAL PREM: STOLEN BY MY MOTHER: TKMS LIFETIME Sat. 8:00 PM 0.5 589
SISTER WIVES TLC Sun. 10:02 PM 0.5 589
FX MOVIE PRIME: JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE FX Sun. 7:30 PM 0.5 576

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Jan. 13-19, 2020

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP – CLEMSON/LSU ESPN Mon. 8:19 PM 25,004
2 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP SUST ESPN Mon. 12:06 AM 17,677
3 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 7:58 PM 16,488
4 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 12:19 AM 9,283
5 CNN/DESMOINES REG DEM DEB CNN Tues. 9:01 PM 7,360
6 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 7:33 PM 6,283
7 CNN/DM REG DEM DEB CLOSE CNN Tues. 10:58 PM 5,732
8 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 4,469
9 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 4,255
10 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,856
11 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,787
12 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 3,689
13 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,651
14 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 12:42 AM 3,617
15 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Weds. 5:44 PM 3,466
16 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 3,406
17 CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 3,397
18 HANNITY FOX NEWS Fri. 9:00 PM 3,377
19 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:00 PM 3,376
20 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Fri. 8:00 PM 3,333
21 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 3,323
22 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Mon. 5:00 PM 3,269
23 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Thurs. 5:00 PM 3,175
24 LAST WORD WITH L. ODONNELL MSNBC Weds. 10:00 PM 3,158
25 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Weds. 10:00 PM 3,157

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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