Even with Thanksgiving’s usual round of special holiday programming, the cable winners remained the same for the week of Nov. 19.

ESPN’s broadcast of the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Rams “Monday Night Football” game won in adults 18-49 and total viewers with a 5.5 rating and 16.61 million viewers. The midseason finale of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” not only ticked up from its previous episode, but also came second in adults 18-49 and fourth in total viewers as well.

Elsewhere, four of the Hallmark Channel’s original movies landed in the week’s top 25 most-watched shows, with “A Shoe Addict’s Christmas” (4.24 million) and “Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe” (3.90 million) drawing in the biggest audiences of all.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Nov. 19-25, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – KANSAS CITY/LA RAMS ESPN Mon. 8:13 PM 5.5 7,078
2 WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 2.0 2,509
MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,266
4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – OKLAHOMA/WEST VIRGINIA ESPN Fri. 7:58 PM 1.6 1,997
5 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 12:05 AM 1.5 1,882
6 NBA REGULAR SEASON – LA LAKERS/CLEVELAND ESPN Weds. 8:12 PM 1.4 1,792
7 NBA REGULAR SEASON – OKLAHOMA CITY/GOLDEN STATE ESPN Weds. 10:43 PM 1.2 1,485
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – SOUTH CAROLINA/CLEMSON ESPN Sat. 7:00 PM 1.0 1,242
9 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,203
10 LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,165
NBA COURTSIDE ESPN Weds. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,126
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,114
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.8 1,037
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN Sat. 9:00 AM 0.8 1,037
15 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:04 PM 0.8 1,037
NBA AFTER THE BUZZER ESPN Weds. 12:56 AM 0.8 1,024
17 COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – AUBURN/DUKE ESPN Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,011
REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 0.8 960
COLL FTBL COUNTDOWN ESPN Fri. 7:36 PM 0.7 934
20 COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – DUKE/GONZAGA ESPN Weds. 5:00 PM 0.7 922
HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: A SHOE ADDICTS CHRISTMAS HALLMARK Sun. 8:00 PM 0.7 922
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7 883
23 CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 0.7 870
NBA PRE-GAME ESPN Weds. 7:12 PM 0.7 870
HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: PRIDE, PREJ & MISTLETOE HALLMARK Fri. 8:00 PM 0.7 870
COLL BKBL SCOREBOARD ESPN Tues. 10:07 PM 0.7 858
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Fri. 11:57 PM 0.7 858

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Nov. 19-25, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – KANSAS CITY/LA RAMS ESPN Mon. 8:13 PM 16,610
2 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 5,871
3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – OKLAHOMA/WEST VIRGINIA ESPN Fri. 7:58 PM 5,551
4 WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 5,089
5 HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: A SHOE ADDICTS CHRISTMAS HALLMARK Sun. 8:00 PM 4,237
6 HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: PRIDE, PREJ & MISTLETOE HALLMARK Fri. 8:00 PM 3,895
7 NBA REGULAR SEASON – LA LAKERS/CLEVELAND ESPN Weds. 8:12 PM 3,690
8 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 12:05 AM 3,678
9 THE COLLECTION FROM HHOF HALLMARK Sat. 8:00 PM 3,525
10 HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: CHRISTMAS AT THE PALACE HALLMARK Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,266
11 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – SOUTH CAROLINA/CLEMSON ESPN Sat. 7:00 PM 3,261
12 HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: REUNITED AT CHRISTMAS HALLMARK Weds. 8:00 PM 2,958
13 CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 2,914
14 NBA REGULAR SEASON – OKLAHOMA CITY/GOLDEN STATE ESPN Weds. 10:43 PM 2,890
15 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,851
16 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 2,721
17 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 2,700
18 COLL FTBL COUNTDOWN ESPN Fri. 7:36 PM 2,581
19 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,502
20 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,492
21 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Mon. 5:00 PM 2,485
22 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Tues. 5:00 PM 2,477
23 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 2,469
24 SPECIAL RPT W/ BRET BAIER FOX NEWS Mon. 6:00 PM 2,436
25 NBA COURTSIDE ESPN Weds. 8:00 PM 2,434

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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