The NFL maintained its dominance over the cable ratings for the week of Sept. 16.

ESPN’s broadcast of the Cleveland Browns vs. New York Jets “Monday Night Football” game led the week with a 4.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 11.8 million viewers. That puts it just a bit below the 4.4 and 13.08 million viewers that the Houston vs. New Orleans game scored the week before. Additionally, the NFL Network’s broadcast of the “Thursday Night Football” game between Tennessee and Jacksonville placed second in the adults 18-49 chart (2.2) and third in total viewers (6.32 million).

Outside of sports, the premiere of FX’s “American Horror Story: 1984” was the week’s highest-rated scripted cable show, with a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo. Meanwhile, a 3.35 million viewer audience made the Monday night edition of Fox News’ “Hannity” the week’s most-watched, non-sports broadcast.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Sept. 16-22, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – CLEVELAND/NY JETS ESPN Mon. 8:13 PM 4.1 5,274
2 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL 2019 WEEK 3 TEN VS. JAX NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:23 PM 2.2 2,752
3 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 2.0 2,573
TNF SUSTAINER NFL NETWORK Thurs. 11:11 PM 2.0 2,573
5 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 11:21 PM 1.4 1,766
6 AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX Weds. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,280
7 90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE THE 90 DAYS TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,178
TNF POST-GAME NFL NETWORK Thurs. 11:23 PM 0.9 1,139
9 TNF PRE-KICK NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,075
90 DAY FIANCE: OTHER WAY TLC Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,062
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.8 973
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 960
COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT – TENNESSEE/FLORIDA ESPN Sat. 12:00 PM 0.8 960
14 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.6 819
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.6 806
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN Sat. 9:00 AM 0.6 806
LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.6 794
NFL COUNTDOWN ESPN Sun. 10:00 AM 0.6 768
LIVE PD: 234 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 755
BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 717
JERSEY SHORE: FAM VACATION MTV Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.6 704
22 MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN ESPN Mon. 6:00 PM 0.5 678
BASKETBALL WIVES VH1 Weds. 8:00 PM 0.5 640
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.5 627
LIVE PD: 235 LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.5 627
BLACK INK CREW VH1 Weds. 9:01 PM 0.5 602
COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT ESPN Sat. 3:30 PM 0.5 576
UNEXPECTED TLC Sun. 10:00 PM 0.5 576
KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS E! Sun. 9:00 PM 0.5 576

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Sept. 16-22, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – CLEVELAND/NY JETS ESPN Mon. 8:13 PM 11,797
2 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 6,573
3 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL 2019 WEEK 3 TEN VS. JAX NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:23 PM 6,317
4 TNF SUSTAINER NFL NETWORK Thurs. 11:11 PM 5,426
5 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 3,351
6 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 11:21 PM 3,334
7 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 3,285
8 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 3,280
9 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 3,276
10 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,121
11 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Mon. 10:00 PM 3,053
12 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,936
13 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 2,922
14 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Mon. 5:00 PM 2,813
15 90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE THE 90 DAYS TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 2,773
16 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Tues. 10:00 PM 2,770
17 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,757
18 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Tues. 5:00 PM 2,754
19 TUCKER CARLSON SPECIAL FOX NEWS Fri. 8:00 PM 2,710
20 TNF PRE-KICK NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,707
21 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,695
22 90 DAY FIANCE: OTHER WAY? TLC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,673
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,673
24 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,646
25 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,585
HANNITY SPECIAL FOX NEWS Fri. 9:00 PM 2,585

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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