Similar to the week before, not many scripted shows managed to secure a place in the cable top 25s for the week of Oct. 8, when facing a stacked lineup of live sports broadcasts.

ESPN’s continued “Monday Night Football” coverage led the week in both total viewers (10.51 million viewers) and adults 18-49 (3.6) yet again, while AMC’s “The Walking Dead” came second in the demo with a 2.0. The AMC series also landed in the top 5 in total viewers with 4.95 million.

However, “Walking Dead” was beaten by TBS’ broadcasts of the Yankees vs. Red Sox (7.15 million) and Astros vs. Red Sox (5.82, 5.66 million) MLB playoff games in the measure.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Oct. 8-14, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – WASHINGTON/NEW ORLEANS ESPN Mon. 8:13 PM 3.6 4,608
2 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 2.0 2,534
3 MLB DIVISION SERIES – YANKEES VS RED SOX TBS Tues. 8:00 PM 1.9 2,458
4 MLB ALCS – ASTROS-RED SOX TBS Sat. 8:01 PM 1.5 1,920
MLB ALCS – ASTROS-RED SOX TBS Sun. 6:59 PM 1.5 1,869
6 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,638
7 MLB DIVISION SERIES – YANKEES VS RED SOX TBS Mon. 7:27 PM 1.2 1,510
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 11:28 PM 1.2 1,498
9 MLB NL CHAMPIONS SERIES – LA DODGERS/MILWAUKEE FOX SPORTS 1 Fri. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,446
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – MISSOURI/ALABAMA ESPN Sat. 7:09 PM 1.1 1,408
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – PHI VS. NYG NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:23 PM 1.1 1,395
12 AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX Weds. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,306
13 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL -SUS NFL NETWORK Thurs. 11:13 PM 0.9 1,190
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,114
15 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,062
LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,050
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – FLORIDA/VANDERBILT ESPN Sat. 12:00 PM 0.8 1,037
TOP RANK BOXING – TERENCE CRAWFORD/JOSE BENAVIDEZ JR. ESPN Sat. 10:25 PM 0.8 1,037
90 DAY FIANCE BT90D: TELL TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,037
NBA PRE-SEASON – GOLDEN STATE/LA LAKERS ESPN Weds. 10:38 PM 0.8 998
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.8 986
22 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7 858
JERSEY SHORE: FAM VACAY MTV Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.7 858
24 GOLD RUSH DISCOVERY Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 819
COLL FOOTBALL: BIG 10 – MINNESOTA/OHIO ST FOX SPORTS 1 Sat. 12:00 PM 0.6 794
INSIDE THE MLB TBS Tues. 11:42 PM 0.6 768
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN Sat. 9:00 AM 0.6 768
TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:06 PM 0.6 768
SOUTH PARK COMEDY CENTRAL Weds. 10:00 PM 0.6 755
NFL COUNTDOWN ESPN Sun. 10:00 AM 0.6 755
MLB NL DIVISION SERIES – LA DODGERS/ATLANTA 4 FOX SPORTS 1 Mon. 4:25 PM 0.6 730
BLACK INK CREW VH1 Weds. 10:00 PM 0.6 717

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Oct. 8-14, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – WASHINGTON/NEW ORLEANS ESPN Mon. 8:13 PM 10,506
2 MLB DIVISION SERIES – YANKEES VS RED SOX TBS Tues. 8:00 PM 7,147
3 MLB ALCS – ASTROS-RED SOX TBS Sat. 8:01 PM 5,821
4 MLB ALCS – ASTROS-RED SOX TBS Sun. 6:59 PM 5,658
5 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 4,947
6 MLB NL CHAMPIONS SERIES – LA DODGERS/MILWAUKEE 1 FOX SPORTS 1 Fri. 8:00 PM 4,639
7 MLB DIVISION SERIES – YANKEES VS RED SOX TBS Mon. 7:27 PM 4,405
8 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 3,982
9 THE STORY FOX NEWS Mon. 7:00 PM 3,973
10 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – MISSOURI/ALABAMA ESPN Sat. 7:09 PM 3,758
11 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,748
12 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 3,485
13 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 3,466
14 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 3,260
15 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 3,242
16 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Weds. 10:00 PM 3,195
17 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,132
18 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 3,094
19 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,000
20 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – PHI VS. NYG NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:23 PM 2,976
21 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Mon. 5:00 PM 2,924
22 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,912
23 SPECIAL RPT W/ BRET BAIER FOX NEWS Mon. 6:00 PM 2,884
24 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Mon. 10:00 PM 2,860
25 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 11:28 PM 2,840

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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