Cable continued to be dominated by live sports broadcasts for the week of Oct. 15.

ESPN’s broadcast of the 49ers vs. Packers “Monday Night Football” game led in adults 18-49 with a 4.1 rating, and in total viewers with 11.88 million. It was a noticeable improvement in both measures over the “MNF” broadcast from the week before (3.6, 10.51 million). AMC’s “The Walking Dead” came second in the demo, despite slipping again week-to-week from its previous 2.0 to a 1.9.

“MNF” and the MLB Playoffs took all of the week’s top 5 spots in total viewers, while “Walking Dead” placed sixth (5.04 million). Elsewhere, Fox News’ Thursday night “Hannity” broadcast led cable news for the week with 3.81 million viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Oct. 15-21, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – SAN FRANCISCO/GREEN BAY ESPN Mon. 8:13 PM 4.1 5,197
2 WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 1.9 2,470
3 MLB NL CHAMPIONS SERIES – LA DODGERS/MILWAUKEE 7 FOX SPORTS 1 Sat. 8:01 PM 1.8 2,330
4 MLB ALCS – ASTROS-RED SOX TBS Weds. 8:29 PM 1.7 2,214
5 MLB ALCS – RED SOX-ASTROS TBS Thurs. 7:59 PM 1.6 2,035
NBA BASKETBALL – LAKERS/BLAZERS TNT Thurs. 10:47 PM 1.6 2,010
7 NBA REGULAR SEASON – HOUSTON/LA LAKERS ESPN Sat. 10:45 PM 1.5 1,894
MLB NL CHAMPIONS SERIES – LA DODGERS/MILWAUKEE 6 FOX SPORTS 1 Fri. 8:32 PM 1.5 1,882
9 NBA BASKETBALL – 76ERS/CELTICS TNT Tues. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,805
MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,741
11 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 11:33 PM 1.3 1,702
12 NBA BASKETBALL – THUNDER/WARRIORS TNT Tues. 10:27 PM 1.2 1,587
MLB ALCS – ASTROS-RED SOX TBS Tues. 5:00 PM 1.2 1,472
14 MLB NL CHAMPIONS SERIES – MILWAUKEE/LA DODGERS 4 FOX SPORTS 1 Tues. 9:02 PM 1.1 1,459
NBA AFTER THE BUZZER ESPN Sat. 1:17 AM 1.1 1,446
16 MLB NL CHAMPIONS SERIES – MILWAUKEE/LA DODGERS 3 FOX SPORTS 1 Mon. 7:32 PM 1.0 1,254
17 AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX Weds. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,190
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,178
NBA REGULAR SEASON – GOLDEN STATE/UTAH ESPN Fri. 10:32 PM 0.9 1,178
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,139
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,126
MLB NL CHAMPIONS SERIES – MILWAUKEE/LA DODGERS 5 FOX SPORTS 1 Weds. 4:58 PM 0.9 1,126
NBA COURTSIDE ESPN Sat. 10:30 PM 0.9 1,114
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – MISSISSIPPI STATE/LSU ESPN Sat. 7:07 PM 0.9 1,088
25 LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,075
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.8 1,037
NBA REGULAR SEASON – BOSTON/TORONTO ESPN Fri. 8:14 PM 0.8 960

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Oct. 15-21, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – SAN FRANCISCO/GREEN BAY ESPN Mon. 8:13 PM 11,881
2 MLB NL CHAMPIONS SERIES – LA DODGERS/MILWAUKEE 7 FOX SPORTS 1 Sat. 8:01 PM 7,340
3 MLB ALCS – RED SOX-ASTROS TBS Thurs. 7:59 PM 6,523
4 MLB ALCS – ASTROS-RED SOX TBS Weds. 8:29 PM 6,181
5 MLB NL CHAMPIONS SERIES – LA DODGERS/MILWAUKEE 6 FOX SPORTS 1 Fri. 8:32 PM 5,783
6 WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 5,037
7 MLB ALCS – ASTROS-RED SOX TBS Tues. 5:00 PM 4,871
8 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 4,224
9 MLB NL CHAMPIONS SERIES – MILWAUKEE/LA DODGERS 3 FOX SPORTS 1 Mon. 7:32 PM 4,207
10 MLB NL CHAMPIONS SERIES – MILWAUKEE/LA DODGERS 4 FOX SPORTS 1 Tues. 9:02 PM 4,087
11 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,812
12 MLB NL CHAMPIONS SERIES – MILWAUKEE/LA DODGERS 5 FOX SPORTS 1 Weds. 4:58 PM 3,745
13 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,498
14 NBA REGULAR SEASON – HOUSTON/LA LAKERS ESPN Sat. 10:45 PM 3,358
15 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 3,356
16 NBA BASKETBALL – LAKERS/BLAZERS TNT Thurs. 10:47 PM 3,310
17 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 11:33 PM 3,252
18 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 3,229
19 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 3,151
20 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – MISSISSIPPI STATE/LSU ESPN Sat. 7:07 PM 3,106
21 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 3,052
22 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:00 PM 3,030
23 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 2,980
24 NBA BASKETBALL – 76ERS/CELTICS TNT Tues. 8:00 PM 2,945
25 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Weds. 10:00 PM 2,863

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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