Live NFL broadcasts continued to dominate the cable ratings for the week of Sept. 10, with ESPN’s pair of “Monday Night Football” broadcasts scoring the top 2 spots in both the adults 18-49 (3.8, 3.7) and total viewers (10.34 million, 9.61 million) measures.

The NFL Network’s “Thursday Night Football” coverage (2.6, 2.3) followed closely behind ESPN’s “MNF” games in both measures, while FX’s “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” premiere found its way into both charts with a 1.5 rating and 3.08 million viewers.

In cable news, MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” barely won the week in total viewers with its Friday night broadcast raking in 3.66 million.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Sept. 10-16, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON L: NY JETS/DETROIT ESPN Mon. 7:08 PM 3.8 4,838
2 NFL REGULAR SEASON L: LA RAMS/OAKLAND ESPN Mon. 10:16 PM 3.7 4,710
3 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: 2018 WK 2 NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:23 PM 2.6 3,302
4 TNF SUSTAINER NFL NETWORK Thurs. 11:27 PM 2.3 2,944
5 AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX Weds. 10:00 PM 1.5 1,856
6 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME L: ALABAMA/OLE MISs ESPN Sat. 7:03 PM 1.2 1,587
7 TNF POST-GAME NFL NETWORK Thurs. 11:50 PM 1.1 1,370
8 LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,306
MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 6:55 PM 1.0 1,216
10 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,165
JERSEY SHORE: FAM VACAY MTV Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,165
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,139
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,126
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 1:34 AM 0.9 1,101
15 TNF PRE-KICK NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,011
MAYANS M.C. FX Tues. 10:00 PM 0.8 998
17 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7 922
90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE 90 TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.7 909
19 COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT L: FLORIDA STATE/SYRACUSE ESPN Sat. 12:00 PM 0.6 755
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN Sat. 9:00 AM 0.6 755
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 742
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 0.6 730
STREET OUTLAWS SPC DISCOVERY Mon. 8:00 PM 0.6 717
24 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME L: WASHINGTON/UTAH ESPN Sat. 10:11 PM 0.5 666
NFL COUNTDOWN ESPN Sun. 10:00 AM 0.5 666
NFL TOTAL ACCESS NFL NETWORK Thurs. 12:15 AM 0.5 653
BASKETBALL WIVES VH1 Sun. 10:00 PM 0.5 653
BLACK INK CREW CHICAGO VH1 Weds. 8:00 PM 0.5 627
THE PURGE USA Tues. 10:00 PM 0.5 589
BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.5 576
CHALLENGE: FINAL RECKONING MTV Tues. 9:00 PM 0.5 576

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Sept. 10-16, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON L: NY JETS/DETROIT ESPN Mon. 7:08 PM 10,336
2 NFL REGULAR SEASON L: LA RAMS/OAKLAND ESPN Mon. 10:16 PM 9,607
3 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: 2018 WK 2 NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:23 PM 7,024
4 TNF SUSTAINER NFL NETWORK Thurs. 11:27 PM 6,194
5 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME L: ALABAMA/OLE MISS ESPN Sat. 7:03 PM 4,109
6 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 3,662
7 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,619
8 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,493
9 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,488
10 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,367
11 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,244
12 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,185
13 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,146
14 AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX Weds. 10:00 PM 3,081
15 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 3,024
16 HANNITY FOX NEWS Fri. 9:00 PM 3,010
17 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 2,951
18 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,939
19 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,823
20 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 2,818
21 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,801
22 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 2,797
23 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 2,759
24 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 2,741
25 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC Mon. 10:00 PM 2,737

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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