Unsurprisingly, the NFL and “The Walking Dead” remained the clear winners in the cable ratings for the week of Oct. 28.

ESPN’s broadcast of the Dolphins vs. Steelers “Monday Night Football” game led the week in the adults 18-49 demo and in total viewers, with a 3.1 rating and 9.98 million viewers. ESPN also captured the no. 2 spot in the 18-49 chart with its weekly “Monday Night Kickoff” special (1.4).

The NFL Network’s broadcast of the “Sunday Night Football” game between Houston and Jacksonville tied for third place in the chart with ESPN’s broadcast of the Lakers vs. Dallas NBA game, as both broadcasts scored 1.1 ratings in the demo.

Meanwhile, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” was the week’s highest-rated (1.0) and most-watched (3.09 million viewers) scripted cable show yet again.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Oct. 28 – Nov. 3, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – MIAMI/PITTSBURGH ESPN Mon. 8:13 PM 3.1 4,006
2 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,766
3 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL 2019 WK 9 – HOU VS. JAX NFL NETWORK Sun. 9:36 AM 1.1 1,395
NBA REGULAR SEASON – LA LAKERS/DALLAS ESPN Fri. 9:37 PM 1.1 1,382
5 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,318
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 11:34 PM 1.0 1,293
7 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Fri. 12:23 AM 0.8 1,037
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,011
90 DAY FIANCE BT90D: TELL ALL TLC Mon. 8:00 PM 0.8 998
10 SNF POST-GAME NFL NETWORK Sun. 12:33 PM 0.7 934
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 922
NFLN THU NT FOOTBALL 2019 WK 9 – SF VS. ARI NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:23 PM 0.7 909
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.7 832
90 DAY FIANCE TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.7 832
15 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 0.6 806
GOLD RUSH DISCOVERY Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 755
NBA REGULAR SEASON – HOUSTON/BROOKLYN ESPN Fri. 7:14 PM 0.6 704
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – OLE MISS/AUBURN ESPN Sat. 7:13 PM 0.6 704
19 BELOW DECK BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.5 678
LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.5 666
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN Sat. 9:00 AM 0.5 666
LIVE PD: 248 LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.5 653
LIVE PD: 247 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.5 627
AMERICAN HORROR STORY: 1984 FX Weds. 10:00 PM 0.5 589
SOUTH PARK COMEDY Weds. 10:00 PM 0.5 589
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.5 576
NFLN THU NT PRE-KICK NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:08 PM 0.5 576

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Oct. 28 – Nov. 3, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – MIAMI/PITTSBURGH ESPN Mon. 8:13 PM 9,975
2 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 4,899
3 HANNITY FOX NEWS Fri. 9:00 PM 3,610
4 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,601
5 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 3,450
6 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,372
7 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Fri. 8:00 PM 3,345
8 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 3,331
9 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 3,235
10 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 3,111
11 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 3,093
12 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 3,086
13 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Mon. 5:00 PM 3,084
14 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,077
15 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,052
16 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Fri. 10:00 PM 2,992
17 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Tues. 5:00 PM 2,972
18 SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL 2019 WK 9 – HOU VS. JAX NFL NETWORK Sun. 9:36 AM 2,958
19 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,951
20 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Weds. 5:00 PM 2,943
21 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,938
22 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,936
23 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Thurs. 5:00 PM 2,895
24 HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: MERRY & BRIGHT HALLMARK Sat. 8:00 PM 2,871
25 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,836

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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