The national championship game of the College Football Playoff easily dominated cable for the week of Jan. 7.

ESPN’s broadcast of the Alabama vs. Clemson game won the week with a 7.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 24.32 million viewers. While far and away the no. 1 cable show of the week though, it failed to match the 8.7 rating and 27.38 million viewer audience that last year’s CFP championship game scored.

Elsewhere, the Tuesday night edition of Fox News’ “Hannity” was the week’s highest-rated (0.9) and most-watched (7.13 million) cable news broadcast.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Jan. 7-13, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP – ALABAMA/CLEMSON ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 7.6 9,766
2 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP SUST ESPN Mon. 11:41 PM 5.5 7,027
3 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 4.4 5,658
4 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 11:52 PM 3.3 4,198
5 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 7:30 PM 1.9 2,445
6 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 12:11 AM 1.4 1,830
7 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,165
90 DAY FIANCE: TELL ALL TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,165
HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,152
REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,114
11 CUOMO PRIME TIME CNN Tues. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,075
CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,062
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,024
NBA REGULAR SEASON – MILWAUKEE/HOUSTON ESPN Weds. 8:13 PM 0.8 960
15 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7 922
DR. PIMPLE POPPER TLC Thurs. 9:00 PM 0.7 909
NBA REGULAR SEASON – DETROIT/LA LAKERS ESPN Weds. 10:46 PM 0.7 896
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN Mon. 1:20 AM 0.7 883
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – DUKE/FLORIDA STATE ESPN Sat. 2:05 PM 0.7 883
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.7 870
LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.7 845
GOLD RUSH DISCOVERY Fri. 9:00 PM 0.7 845
23 LIVE PD: 176 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 819
CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVE ESPN Mon. 6:00 PM 0.6 806
MARRIED TO MEDICINE BRAVO Sun. 9:00 PM 0.6 781
NBA BASKETBALL – THUNDER/SPURS TNT Thurs. 9:39 PM 0.6 755
DIRTY JOHN BRAVO Sun. 10:00 PM 0.6 755
WORST COOKS FOOD Sun. 9:00 PM 0.6 742
NBA REGULAR SEASON – LA LAKERS/UTAH ESPN Fri. 10:09 PM 0.6 717
BELOW DECK BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.6 704

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Jan. 7-13, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP – ALABAMA/CLEMSON ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 24,322
2 CFP CHAMPIONSHIP SUST ESPN Mon. 11:41 PM 17,347
3 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 15,785
4 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 11:52 PM 9,721
5 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 7,129
6 COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN Mon. 7:30 PM 5,912
7 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:12 PM 4,356
8 MSNBC SPECIAL COVERAGE MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,944
9 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 12:11 AM 3,882
10 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 3,764
11 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Tues. 10:00 PM 3,655
12 CUOMO PRIME TIME CNN Tues. 9:00 PM 3,536
13 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,467
14 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,415
15 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC Tues. 10:00 PM 3,329
16 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,311
17 CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 3,269
18 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 3,078
19 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,036
20 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,008
21 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,973
22 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,967
23 HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: ONE WINTER PROPOSAL HALLMARK Sat. 8:00 PM 2,928
24 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Weds. 5:00 PM 2,833
25 DR. PIMPLE POPPER TLC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,788

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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