Live football and baseball broadcasts predictably dominated the cable ratings for the sports-heavy week of Oct. 14.

ESPN’s broadcast of the Green Bay vs. Detroit “Monday Night Football” game topped the week’s adults 18-49 (4.5 rating) and total viewer (13.34 million) charts, with its pre-game “MNF” special placing second in the 18-49 chart (2.0) as well.

FOX Sports’ broadcast of the Saturday night MLB ALCS game between New York and Houston rounded out the demo chart’s top 3 with a 1.8 rating, and also placed third among total viewers (7.47 million). Meanwhile, CNN’s broadcast of the Tuesday night Democratic Debate raked in the week’s second-largest cable audience (8.55 million viewers).

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Oct. 14-20, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – DETROIT/GREEN BAY ESPN Mon. 8:14 PM 4.5 5,696
2 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 2.0 2,534
3 MLB AL CHAMPIONS SERIES – NEW YORK YANKEES/HOUSTON 6 FOX SPORTS 1 Sat. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,291
4 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 11:28 PM 1.5 1,946
CNN/NYT COLUM DEM DEBATE CNN Tues. 8:02 PM 1.5 1,920
MLB AL CHAMPIONS SERIES – HOUSTON/NEW YORK YANKEES 4 FOX SPORTS 1 Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.5 1,894
7 MLB AL CHAMPIONS SERIES – HOUSTON/NEW YORK YANKEES 5 FOX SPORTS 1 Fri. 7:00 PM 1.3 1,690
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – TENNESSEE/ALABAMA ESPN Sat. 9:04 PM 1.3 1,651
MLB NLCS – CARDINALS/NATIONALS TBS Tues. 7:58 PM 1.3 1,600
10 CNN/NYT COL DEM DEB CLOSE CNN Tues. 10:40 PM 1.2 1,562
THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,523
12 COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT – FLORIDA/SOUTH CAROLINA ESPN Sat. 12:00 PM 1.0 1,293
13 MLB NLCS – CARDINALS/NATIONALS TBS Mon. 7:30 PM 0.9 1,126
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – KENTUCKY/GEORGIA ESPN Sat. 5:56 PM 0.9 1,126
MLB AL CHAMPIONS SERIES – HOUSTON/NEW YORK YANKEES 3 FOX SPORTS 1 Tues. 4:00 PM 0.9 1,114
90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE THE 90 DAYS TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,114
17 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,050
NFLN THU NT FOOTBALL 2019 WK 7 – KC VS. DEN NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:23 PM 0.8 1,011
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 973
90 DAY FIANCE TOW: TELL ALL TLC Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 960
21 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL-SUS NFL NETWORK Thurs. 11:02 PM 0.7 922
MLB ALCS POST FOX SPORTS 1 Sat. 12:23 AM 0.7 922
JERSEY SHORE: FAM VACATION MTV Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.7 832
24 MLB ALCS POST FOX SPORTS 1 Tues. 7:57 PM 0.6 819
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.6 806
COLL FTBL SCOREBOARD ESPN Sat. 3:27 PM 0.6 794
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN Sat. 9:00 AM 0.6 794
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Sat. 12:27 AM 0.6 781
CNN POST-DEBATE ANALYSIS CNN Tues. 11:06 PM 0.6 717
MLB ALCS POST FOX SPORTS 1 Fri. 10:15 PM 0.6 717
LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.6 704

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Oct. 14-20, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – DETROIT/GREEN BAY ESPN Mon. 8:14 PM 13,339
2 CNN/NYT COLUM DEM DEBATE CNN Tues. 8:02 PM 8,553
3 MLB AL CHAMPIONS SERIES – NEW YORK YANKEES/HOUSTON 6 FOX SPORTS 1 Sat. 8:00 PM 7,472
4 CNN/NYT COL DEM DEB CLOSE CNN Tues. 10:40 PM 6,857
5 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 6,291
6 MLB AL CHAMPIONS SERIES – HOUSTON/NEW YORK YANKEES 4 FOX SPORTS 1 Thurs. 8:00 PM 5,857
7 MLB AL CHAMPIONS SERIES – HOUSTON/NEW YORK YANKEES 5 FOX SPORTS 1 Fri. 7:00 PM 5,632
8 MLB NLCS – CARDINALS/NATIONALS TBS Tues. 7:58 PM 4,640
9 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – TENNESSEE/ALABAMA ESPN Sat. 9:04 PM 4,248
10 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 4,075
11 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 4,068
12 MLB AL CHAMPIONS SERIES – HOUSTON/NEW YORK YANKEES 3 FOX SPORTS 1 Tues. 4:00 PM 3,838
13 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 11:28 PM 3,701
14 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,653
15 MLB NLCS – CARDINALS/NATIONALS TBS Mon. 7:30 PM 3,652
16 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 3,479
17 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,444
18 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,426
19 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:00 PM 3,401
20 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 3,295
21 COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT – FLORIDA/SOUTH CAROLINA ESPN Sat. 12:00 PM 3,193
22 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 3,147
23 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Weds. 10:00 PM 3,127
24 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 3,121
25 CNN POST-DEBATE ANALYSIS CNN Tues. 11:06 PM 3,068

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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