“Monday Night Football” maintained its dominance over the cable ratings for the week of Oct. 21.

ESPN’s broadcast of the Patriots vs. Jets “MNF” game topped the week in both the adults 18-49 demo (3.7 rating) and in total viewers (10.84 million). The network’s usual, pregame “Monday Night Kickoff” special came second in both measures with a 2.0 rating and 6.54 million viewers.

TNT’s broadcast of the Lakers vs. Clippers NBA game placed third in the 18-49 chart (1.8) and fourth in total viewers (3.58 million). Elsewhere, a 1.1 rating and 3.31 million viewer audience made AMC’s “The Walking Dead” the week’s highest-rated and most-watched scripted cable show.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Oct. 21-27, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – NEW ENGLAND/NY JETS ESPN Mon. 8:13 PM 3.7 4,672
2 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 2.0 2,534
3 NBA BASKETBALL – LAKERS/CLIPPERS TNT Tues. 10:54 PM 1.8 2,240
4 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 11:29 PM 1.2 1,472
5 NBA BASKETBALL – PELICANS/RAPTORS TNT Tues. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,446
THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,434
7 90 DAY FIANCE BT90D: TELL ALL TLC Sun. 9:01 PM 1.0 1,242
8 90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE THE 90 DAYS TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,203
90 DAY FIANCE TOW: TELL ALL TLC Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,152
NBA BASKETBALL – CLIPPERS/WARRIORS TNT Thurs. 10:39 PM 0.9 1,152
11 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 998
NBA REGULAR SEASON – BOSTON/PHILADELPHIA ESPN Weds. 7:43 PM 0.8 973
NBA BASKETBALL – BUCKS/ROCKETS TNT Thurs. 8:01 PM 0.8 960
14 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.7 947
NBA REGULAR SEASON – UTAH/LA LAKERS ESPN Fri. 10:40 PM 0.7 947
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.7 922
NFLN THU NT FOOTBALL 2019 WK 8 – WAS VS. MIN NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:23 PM 0.7 870
NBA REGULAR SEASON – DENVER/PORTLAND ESPN Weds. 10:20 PM 0.7 845
19 UNPOLISHED: FIRST LOOK TLC Mon. 10:38 PM 0.6 794
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: 1984 FX Weds. 10:00 PM 0.6 781
INSIDE THE NBA TNT Tues. 1:17 AM 0.6 755
JERSEY SHORE: FAM VACATION MTV Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.6 755
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – WASHINGTON STATE/OREGON ESPN Sat. 10:30 PM 0.6 755
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – ARKANSAS/ALABAMA ESPN Sat. 7:00 PM 0.6 704
25 LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.5 678
MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN ESPN Mon. 6:00 PM 0.5 666
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN Sat. 9:00 AM 0.5 666
NFL COUNTDOWN ESPN Sun. 10:00 AM 0.5 653
BELOW DECK BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.5 640
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.5 589
AEW: ALL ELITE WRESTLING: DYNAMITE PITTSBURGH PA TNT Weds. 8:00 PM 0.5 576

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Oct. 21-27, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – NEW ENGLAND/NY JETS ESPN Mon. 8:13 PM 10,839
2 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 6,543
3 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,734
4 NBA BASKETBALL – LAKERS/CLIPPERS TNT Tues. 10:54 PM 3,583
5 90 DAY FIANCE BT90D: TELL ALL TLC Sun. 9:01 PM 3,340
6 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 3,305
7 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 3,293
8 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,265
9 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,261
10 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 3,256
11 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,215
12 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,206
13 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 3,179
14 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 3,151
15 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,136
16 90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE THE 90 DAYS TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 3,114
17 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,903
18 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 2,874
19 90 DAY FIANCE TOW: TELL ALL TLC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,849
20 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Mon. 5:00 PM 2,813
21 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Weds. 5:00 PM 2,792
22 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 11:29 PM 2,770
23 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Tues. 5:00 PM 2,745
24 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,735
25 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,733

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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