Live NFL coverage captured all 3 of the top spots in cable for the week of Nov. 26.

ESPN’s broadcast of the Tennessee vs. Houston “Monday Night Football” game won the week with a 3.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 9.74 million viewers, while the network’s usual “Monday Night Kickoff” pre-game special came second in both measures with a 1.2 and 3.96 million. The NFL Network’s “Thursday Night Football” broadcast rounded out the top 3 in 18-49 with a 1.1.

With “The Walking Dead” on hiatus now too, VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop” (0.9) became the week’s highest-rated, non-sports broadcast. The History Channel’s “Curse of Oak Island” (0.8) landed fairly high in the demo as well, and was the week’s most-watched scripted show with 3.41 million viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Nov. 26 – Dec. 2, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – TENNESSEE/HOUSTON ESPN Mon. 8:14 PM 3.1 3,942
2 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,510
3 NFLN THU NT FOOTBALL – NO VS. DAL NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:23 PM 1.1 1,408
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 11:09 PM 1.1 1,370
5 LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,203
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,088
7 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,037
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,024
CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 0.8 973
10 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.7 934
REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 0.7 934
BELOW DECK BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.7 845
JERSEY SHORE: FAM VACAY MTV Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.7 845
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO Sun. 9:00 PM 0.7 845
15 GOLD RUSH DISCOVERY Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 819
LIVE PD: 165 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 794
90 DAY FIANCE TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.6 794
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN ESPN Tues. 10:07 PM 0.6 768
TEEN MOM MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 742
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN Sat. 9:00 AM 0.6 742
LIVE PD: 166 LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.6 730
NFLN THU NT PRE-KICK NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:05 PM 0.6 717
NFLN THU NT POST-GAME NFL NETWORK Thurs. 11:18 PM 0.6 717
HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: MINGLE ALL THE WAY HALLMARK Sat. 8:00 PM 0.6 717
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – NORTH CAROLINA/MICHIGAN ESPN Weds. 9:31 PM 0.6 704

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Nov. 26 – Dec. 2, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – TENNESSEE/HOUSTON ESPN Mon. 8:14 PM 9,735
2 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 3,962
3 HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: MINGLE ALL THE WAY HALLMARK Sat. 8:00 PM 3,870
4 CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 3,408
5 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,407
6 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,315
7 NFLN THU NT FOOTBALL – NO VS. DAL NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:23 PM 3,201
8 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 3,039
9 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 3,023
10 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,971
11 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 2,964
12 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 2,815
13 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 2,762
14 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 11:09 PM 2,749
15 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,746
16 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 2,730
17 HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: A MAJESTIC CHRISTMAS HALLMARK Sun. 8:00 PM 2,627
18 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,624
19 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 2,612
20 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 2,608
21 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,589
22 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Tues. 10:00 PM 2,528
23 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,504
24 GOLD RUSH DISCOVERY Fri. 9:00 PM 2,499
25 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Fri. 5:00 PM 2,486

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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