Once again, it was “Monday Night Football” that beat out all the rest of the cable competition for the week of Sept. 17.

ESPN’s broadcast of the “MNF” game between Seattle and Chicago led the ratings with a 4.0 in the adults 18-49 demo and in the total viewers measure with 11.72 million. The NFL Network, meanwhile, grabbed the no. 2 spot in both measures with a 3.0 and 8.63 million viewers.

Elsewhere, FX’s “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” (1.1) maintained a fairly strong spot in the 18-49 demo for the week. Fox News’ Wednesday night “Hannity” broadcast led cable news with 3.74 million viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Sept. 17-23, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON L: SEATTLE/CHICAGO ESPN Mon. 8:13 PM 4.0 5,107
2 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: WK 3 – NYJ VS. CLE NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:23 PM 3.0 3,891
3 TNF POST-GAME NFL NETWORK Thurs. 11:38 PM 1.6 2,048
4 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 1.5 1,882
5 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 11:18 PM 1.3 1,638
6 COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT L: GEORGIA/MISSOURI ESPN Sat. 12:00 PM 1.1 1,434
TNF PRE-KICK NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,382
AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX Weds. 10:00 PM 1.1 1,370
9 LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,293
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,229
11 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,152
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,088
13 90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE 90 TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,050
MAYANS M.C. FX Tues. 10:00 PM 0.8 1,011
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 998
JERSEY SHORE: FAM VACAY MTV Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.8 973
17 BLACK INK CREW VH1 Weds. 9:00 PM 0.7 883
NFL TOTAL ACCESS NFL NETWORK Thurs. 12:15 AM 0.7 883
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 0.7 883
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME L: FLORIDA/TENNESSEE ESPN Sat. 7:00 PM 0.7 858
21 LIVE PD: 144 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 819
LIVE PD: 145 LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.6 819
COLLEGE GAMEDAY L ESPN Sat. 9:00 AM 0.6 768
BLACK INK CREW VH1 Weds. 10:00 PM 0.6 742
BLACK INK CREW CHICAGO VH1 Weds. 8:00 PM 0.6 742
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 717
NFL COUNTDOWN ESPN Sun. 10:00 AM 0.6 717
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME L: ARIZONA STATE/WASHINGTON ESPN Sat. 10:32 PM 0.6 704

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Sept. 17-23, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON L: SEATTLE/CHICAGO ESPN Mon. 8:13 PM 11,720
2 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: WK 3 – NYJ VS. CLE NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:23 PM 8,632
3 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 4,486
4 TNF POST-GAME NFL NETWORK Thurs. 11:38 PM 4,012
5 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,744
6 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,602
7 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 3,577
8 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 3,482
9 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:10 PM 3,438
10 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,340
11 COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT L: GEORGIA/MISSOURI ESPN Sat. 12:00 PM 3,328
12 HANNITY FOX NEWS Fri. 9:00 PM 3,269
13 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 3,254
14 TNF PRE-KICK NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,171
15 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,082
16 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 3,068
17 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Tues. 10:00 PM 3,059
18 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Weds. 10:00 PM 3,055
19 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 3,054
20 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 11:18 PM 3,052
21 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,989
22 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,984
23 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,976
24 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,899
25 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA NETWORK Mon. 8:00 PM 2,839

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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