Unsurprisingly, the NFL remained dominant over the cable ratings for the week of Nov. 18.

ESPN’s broadcast of the “Monday Night Football” game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Los Angeles Chargers led the week with a 4.0 rating in adults 18-49 and 12.57 million viewers. It was down quite a bit from the previous week’s “MNF” game (5.1, 15.98 million), but still stayed easily on top of the week’s adults 18-49 and total viewer charts.

ESPN’s “Monday Night Kickoff” (1.8) and “SportsCenter” (1.4) broadcasts from the same night as the Chiefs vs. Chargers games were the week’s second and third-highest-rated cable shows. Meanwhile, MSNBC’s broadcast of the Georgia Democratic Debate raked in the second-largest audience of any of the week’s cable broadcasts, with 6.6 million viewers tuning in.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Nov. 18-24, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – KANSAS CITY/LA CHARGERS ESPN Mon. 8:14 PM 4.0 5,133
2 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 7:59 PM 1.8 2,317
3 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 11:43 PM 1.4 1,728
4 DEBATE: DEMOCRATIC DEBATE GEORGIA MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,382
5 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,306
6 RICK & MORTY ADULT SWIM Sun. 11:30 PM 0.9 1,203
MSNBC DEBATE CLOSE MSNBC Weds. 11:00 PM 0.9 1,139
8 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – ARKANSAS/LSU ESPN Sat. 7:00 PM 0.8 1,011
9 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 934
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.7 922
NBA REGULAR SEASON – HOUSTON/LA CLIPPERS ESPN Fri. 10:35 PM 0.7 922
NFLN THU NT FOOTBALL 2019 WK 12 – IND VS. HOU NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:23 PM 0.7 909
NBA REGULAR SEASON – BOSTON/LA CLIPPERS ESPN Weds. 10:04 PM 0.7 896
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 0.7 870
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN Sat. 9:00 AM 0.7 845
16 CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 0.6 819
90 DAY FIANCE TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.6 794
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.6 768
LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.6 730
COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT – INDIANA/MICHIGAN ESPN Sat. 3:28 PM 0.6 730
BELOW DECK BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 717
LIVE PD: 253 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 717
GOLD RUSH DISCOVERY Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 717
24 LIVE PD: 254 LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.5 653
MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN ESPN Mon. 6:00 PM 0.5 627
NFL COUNTDOWN ESPN Sun. 10:00 AM 0.5 627
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Fri. 1:16 AM 0.5 602
11TH HOUR WITH B. WILLIAMS MSNBC Weds. 11:22 PM 0.5 576

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Nov. 18-24, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – KANSAS CITY/LA CHARGERS ESPN Mon. 8:14 PM 12,567
2 DEBATE: DEMOCRATIC DEBATE GEORGIA MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 6,604
3 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 7:59 PM 6,377
4 MSNBC DEBATE CLOSE MSNBC Weds. 11:00 PM 5,644
5 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 4,607
6 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 4,336
7 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 4,053
8 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,968
9 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 3,832
10 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 3,679
11 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,654
12 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,645
13 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 11:43 PM 3,515
14 11TH HOUR WITH B. WILLIAMS MSNBC Weds. 11:22 PM 3,508
15 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:00 PM 3,506
16 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Weds. 10:00 PM 3,482
17 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,393
18 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 3,327
19 MSNBC DEBATE PREVIEW MSNBC Weds. 8:00 PM 3,320
20 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Thurs. 5:00 PM 3,299
21 TUCKER CARLSON SPECIAL FOX NEWS Fri. 8:00 PM 3,271
22 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Tues. 10:00 PM 3,249
23 CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 3,224
24 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 3,214
25 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Mon. 5:00 PM 3,194

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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