Much like they did in the broadcast charts, live sports broadcasts held a dominant presence over the cable ratings for the week of Sept. 2.

ESPN’s broadcast of the college football game between Notre Dame and Louisville led the week’s ratings across the board, posting a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 with 5.6 million viewers. The game scored almost twice what any of the week’s other cable shows did in the 18-49 demo, and raked in over 2 million viewers more than any of its cable competition.

USA’s “WWE Monday Night Raw” came second in the 18-49 chart, with its 3-hour-long broadcast generating one 0.9 rating and a pair of 0.8s. Meanwhile, Fox News’ “Hannity” took the week’s no. 2 spot in the total viewers chart, with a 3.42 million viewer audience.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Sept. 2-8, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – NOTRE DAME/LOIUSVILLE ESPN Mon. 7:57 PM 1.7 2,112
2 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,101
3 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,075
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.8 1,011
90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE THE 90 DAYS TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,011
6 90 DAY FIANCE: OTHER WAY? TLC Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 947
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN Sat. 9:00 AM 0.7 845
TENNIS: US OPEN AFT: WOMENS FINALS ESPN Sat. 4:00 PM 0.7 845
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7 832
NFL COUNTDOWN ESPN Sun. 10:00 AM 0.7 832
11 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – STANFORD/USC ESPN Sat. 10:42 PM 0.6 819
LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.6 742
COLL FTBL COUNTDOWN ESPN Mon. 7:46 PM 0.6 742
14 TENNIS: US OPEN AFT: MENS FINALS ESPN Sun. 4:00 PM 0.5 691
BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.5 678
TENNIS: US OPEN PRIME: MENS/WOMENS QTRFINALS ESPN Tues. 7:00 PM 0.5 666
WEATHER CHANNEL LIVE THE WEATHER CHANNEL Mon. 10:00 AM 0.5 653
MAYANS M.C. FX Tues. 10:00 PM 0.5 640
KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS E! Sun. 9:00 PM 0.5 627
BLACK INK CREW VH1 Weds. 9:01 PM 0.5 614
FAMILY CHANTEL TLC Mon. 10:00 PM 0.5 602
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 11:27 PM 0.5 602
STEVEN UNIVERSE THE MOVIE CARTOON Mon. 6:00 PM 0.5 602
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.5 602
WEATHER CHANNEL LIVE THE WEATHER CHANNEL Mon. 9:00 AM 0.5 589

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Sept. 2-8, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – NOTRE DAME/LOIUSVILLE ESPN Mon. 7:57 PM 5,599
2 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,416
3 TENNIS: US OPEN AFT: WOMENS FINALS ESPN Sat. 4:00 PM 3,219
4 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 3,209
5 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 3,140
6 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 3,100
7 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,937
8 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Weds. 10:00 PM 2,841
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,841
10 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,756
11 TENNIS: US OPEN AFT: MENS FINALS ESPN Sun. 4:00 PM 2,751
12 WEATHER CHANNEL LIVE THE WEATHER CHANNEL Mon. 10:00 AM 2,730
13 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Tues. 10:00 PM 2,681
90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE THE 90 DAYS TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 2,681
15 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 2,638
16 TUCKER CARLSON SPECIAL FOX NEWS Fri. 8:00 PM 2,613
17 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,557
18 HANNITY SPECIAL FOX NEWS Fri. 9:00 PM 2,546
19 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,544
20 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Tues. 5:00 PM 2,532
21 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Thurs. 5:00 PM 2,462
22 WEATHER CHANNEL LIVE THE WEATHER CHANNEL Mon. 9:00 AM 2,437
23 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,436
24 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Weds. 5:00 PM 2,402
25 WEATHER CHANNEL LIVE THE WEATHER CHANNEL Mon. 11:00 AM 2,381
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,381

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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