“Monday Night Football” may have experienced a sizable drop from its previous broadcast, but it still easily led the cable charts for the week of Oct. 22.

ESPN’s broadcast of the Giants vs. Falcons “MNF” game came first in adults 18-49 with a 3.5 rating, but was down six-tenths week-to-week. It also took the no. 1 spot in total viewers with 10.33 million. AMC’s “The Walking Dead” held onto second place in both demos, and ticked back up one-tenth from the 1.9 that its last episode had scored to a 2.0 this time around.

Elsewhere, Fox News’ Monday night edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” not only led cable news for the week, but was the week’s third most-watched broadcast with 4.28 million viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Oct. 22-28, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – NY GIANTS/ATLANTA ESPN Mon. 8:14 PM 3.5 4,416
2 WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 2.0 2,496
3 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – PHI VS. JAX NFL NETWORK Sun. 9:26 AM 1.3 1,702
MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,651
5 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 11:18 PM 1.1 1,408
6 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,216
7 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,178
AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX Weds. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,152
LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,139
NBA BASKETBALL – NUGGETS/LAKERS TNT Thurs. 10:45 PM 0.9 1,139
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,126
12 TNF POST-GAME NFL NETWORK Sun. 12:30 PM 0.8 1,050
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – MIA VS. HOU NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:23 PM 0.8 1,011
COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT – IOWA/PENN ST ESPN Sat. 3:34 PM 0.8 998
15 JERSEY SHORE: FAM VACAY MTV Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.7 922
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7 883
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – SUS NFL NETWORK Thurs. 11:22 PM 0.7 883
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN Sat. 9:00 AM 0.7 845
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – TEXAS A&M/OKLAHOMA STATE ESPN Sat. 7:18 PM 0.7 832
20 T.I. & TINY: FAMILY HUSTLE VH1 Mon. 9:01 PM 0.6 819
GOLD RUSH DISCOVERY Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 819
COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT – PURDUE/MICHIGAN ST ESPN Sat. 12:00 PM 0.6 819
90 DAY FIANCE TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.6 806
NBA BASKETBALL – CELTICS/THUNDER TNT Thurs. 8:13 PM 0.6 781
TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:05 PM 0.6 768
HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: CHRISTMAS PEMBERLEY MANOR HALLMARK Sat. 8:00 PM 0.6 730
NBA REGULAR SEASON – PHILADELPHIA/MILWAUKEE ESPN Weds. 9:50 PM 0.6 717
LIVE PD: 154 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 704

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Oct. 22-28, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – NY GIANTS/ATLANTA ESPN Mon. 8:14 PM 10,325
2 WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 5,095
3 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 4,279
4 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 4,244
5 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 4,168
6 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – PHI VS. JAX NFL NETWORK Sun. 9:26 AM 3,590
7 HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: CHRISTMAS PEMBERLEY MANOR HALLMARK CHANNEL Sat. 8:00 PM 3,571
8 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,338
9 COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT – IOWA/PENN ST ESPN Sat. 3:34 PM 3,267
10 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,232
11 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,179
12 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Mon. 10:00 PM 3,160
13 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 3,066
14 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Weds. 5:00 PM 3,062
15 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 3,044
16 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,985
17 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Fri. 5:00 PM 2,985
18 OUTNUMBERED FOX NEWS Fri. 12:00 PM 2,895
19 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 2,874
20 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Weds. 10:00 PM 2,856
21 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Thurs. 5:00 PM 2,804
22 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Mon. 5:00 PM 2,802
23 SPECIAL RPT W/ BRET BAIER FOX NEWS Weds. 6:00 PM 2,795
24 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 11:18 PM 2,792
25 THE STORY FOX NEWS Mon. 7:00 PM 2,744

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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