A TNT basketball broadcast may have led the cable charts for the week of Jan. 21, but it was a History Channel original series that won the week in viewers.

The Monday night Warriors vs. Lakers NBA game gave TNT the top spot in the adults 18-49 demo with a 1.0 rating. The first 2 hours of USA’s “WWE Monday Night Raw” broadcast rounded out the week’s top 3 with 1.0 and a 0.9, while ESPN’s broadcast of this year’s NFL Pro Bowl came fourth with a 0.8.

However, the History Channel’s “Curse of Oak Island” not only landed high in the 18-49 demo with a 0.8, but was also the week’s most-watched broadcast with 3.63 million total viewers. Elsewhere, MSNBC’s Thursday night episode of “Rachel Maddow Show” led cable news for the week with 3.42 million viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Jan. 21-27, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NBA BASKETBALL – WARRIORS/LAKERS TNT Mon. 10:38 PM 1.0 1,242
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,216
3 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,088
4 NFL PRO BOWL – 2019 PRO BOWL ESPN Sun. 2:59 PM 0.8 1,075
CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,062
REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,062
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – KANSAS/KENTUCKY ESPN Sat. 6:10 PM 0.8 1,037
NBA BASKETBALL – ROCKETS/76ERS TNT Mon. 8:09 PM 0.8 1,011
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.8 986
10 LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.7 922
NBA REGULAR SEASON – MILWAUKEE/OKLAHOMA CITY ESPN Sun. 6:00 PM 0.7 909
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7 883
NBA BASKETBALL – TIMBERWOLVES/LAKERS TNT Thurs. 10:31 PM 0.7 883
NFL COUNTDOWN ESPN Sun. 5:37 PM 0.7 883
LIVE PD: 180 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.7 845
LIVE PD: 181 LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.7 845
17 DR. PIMPLE POPPER TLC Thurs. 9:00 PM 0.6 806
GOLD RUSH DISCOVERY Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 806
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – DUKE/PITTSBURGH ESPN Tues. 9:03 PM 0.6 768
BELOW DECK BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.6 768
NBA BASKETBALL – WARRIORS/WIZARDS TNT Thurs. 8:01 PM 0.6 768
TEEN MOM II MTV Mon. 9:01 PM 0.6 755
NBA REGULAR SEASON – SAN ANTONIO/PHILADELPHIA ESPN Weds. 8:12 PM 0.6 755
NBA REGULAR SEASON – TORONTO/HOUSTON ESPN Fri. 8:14 PM 0.6 730
25 VANDERPUMP RULES BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.5 678
NBA REGULAR SEASON – DENVER/UTAH ESPN Weds. 10:35 PM 0.5 678
GOLD RUSH: WHITE WATER DISCOVERY Fri. 10:01 PM 0.5 627
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NJ BRAVO Weds. 9:00 PM 0.5 614
WORST COOKS FOOD Sun. 9:00 PM 0.5 589
KIDS BAKING CHAMP FOOD Mon. 9:00 PM 0.5 576
60 DAYS IN A&E Thurs. 10:01 PM 0.5 576

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Jan. 21-27, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 3,631
2 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,419
3 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 3,339
4 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,215
5 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 3,129
6 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,051
7 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,048
8 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,037
9 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC Thurs. 10:00 PM 3,037
10 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Fri. 8:00 PM 2,992
11 DR. PIMPLE POPPER TLC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,989
12 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 2,965
13 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,962
14 DAILY BRIEFING W/ D.PERINO FOX NEWS Fri. 2:00 PM 2,931
15 HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: SNOWCOMING HALLMARK Sat. 8:00 PM 2,906
16 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 2,885
17 HANNITY FOX NEWS Fri. 9:00 PM 2,875
18 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 2,840
19 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,840
20 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 2,807
21 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Weds. 5:00 PM 2,788
22 COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – KANSAS/KENTUCKY ESPN Sat. 6:10 PM 2,782
23 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 2,698
24 GOLD RUSH DISCOVERY Fri. 9:00 PM 2,666
25 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Tues. 5:00 PM 2,618

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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