Cable continued to be dominated by live football broadcasts throughout the week of Sept. 24.

ESPN’s broadcast of the “Monday Night Football” game between Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh easily won the week’s top spot in both the adults 18-49 and total viewers measures, with a 4.4 rating and 12.01 million viewers. The network’s additional “MNF” coverage rounded out the rest of the top 3 in adults 18-49 with 1.6 and 1.5s. Meanwhile, FX’s “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” (0.9) was the week’s highest-rated scripted show.

In total viewers, Fox News’ coverage of the Brett Kavanaugh supreme court hearings absolutely dominated the top 25, with its Thursday coverage alone raking in 7.55 – 4.36 million viewers. It beat all of the other cable news networks for the week, with Thursday night’s “Rachel Maddow Show” broadcast on MSNBC coming closest to its FNC competition with 4.03 million.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Sept. 24-30, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON L: PITTSBURGH/TAMPA BAY ESPN Mon. 8:13 PM 4.4 5,670
2 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF L ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 1.6 2,074
3 SPORTSCENTER 12AM L ESPN Mon. 11:38 PM 1.5 1,920
4 NFLN THU NT FOOTBALL: 2018 WK 4 MIN VS. LAR NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:23 PM 1.1 1,421
5 AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX Weds. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,178
KAVANAUGH-FORD HEARING FOX NEWS Thurs. 6:00 PM 0.9 1,126
7 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,075
LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,062
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.8 1,050
KAVANAUGH-FORD HEARING FOX NEWS Thurs. 5:00 PM 0.8 1,050
90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE 90 TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,050
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,024
JERSEY SHORE: FAM VACAY MTV Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.8 960
14 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7 922
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME L: OLE MISS/LSU ESPN Sat. 9:13 PM 0.7 922
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 0.7 909
KAVANAUGH-FORD HEARING FOX NEWS Thurs. 4:00 PM 0.7 870
SOUTH PARK COMEDY CENTRAL Weds. 10:00 PM 0.7 845
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.7 845
HALLOWEEN WARS FOOD NETWORK Sun. 9:00 PM 0.7 845
THE STORY FOX NEWS Thurs. 7:00 PM 0.7 832
HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 0.7 832
23 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:00 PM 0.6 794
KAVANAUGH-FORD HEARING FOX NEWS Thurs. 3:00 PM 0.6 781
LIVE PD: 146 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 781
LIVE PD: 147 LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.6 781
RAY J & PRINCESS LABOR OF VH1 Mon. 9:01 PM 0.6 768
SITUATION ROOM CNN Thurs. 6:00 PM 0.6 768
COLLEGE GAMEDAY L ESPN Sat. 9:00 AM 0.6 768
90 DAY FIANCE BT90D LIVE TLC Sun. 10:01 PM 0.6 768
MAYANS M.C. FX Tues. 10:00 PM 0.6 755
BLACK INK CREW 7 VH1 Weds. 10:00 PM 0.6 742
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME L: FLORIDA/MISSISSIPPI STATE ESPN Sat. 5:57 PM 0.6 742
SITUATION ROOM CNN Thurs. 5:00 PM 0.6 730
NFLN THU NT POST-GAME NFL NETWORK Thurs. 11:33 PM 0.6 730
LEAD WITH JAKE TAPPER CNN Thurs. 4:00 PM 0.6 717
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 0.6 717

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Sept. 24-30, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON L: PITTSBURGH/TAMPA BAY ESPN Mon. 8:13 PM 12,011
2 KAVANAUGH-FORD HEARING FOX NEWS Thurs. 6:00 PM 7,551
3 KAVANAUGH-FORD HEARING FOX NEWS Thurs. 5:00 PM 7,507
4 KAVANAUGH-FORD HEARING FOX NEWS Thurs. 4:00 PM 6,934
5 KAVANAUGH-FORD HEARING FOX NEWS Thurs. 3:00 PM 6,142
6 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 5,857
7 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:00 PM 5,369
8 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 5,283
9 THE STORY FOX NEWS Thurs. 7:00 PM 4,972
10 KAVANAUGH-FORD HEARING FOX NEWS Thurs. 11:00 AM 4,867
11 KAVANAUGH-FORD HEARING FOX NEWS Thurs. 12:00 PM 4,798
12 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF L ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 4,699
13 KAVANAUGH-FORD HEARING FOX NEWS Thurs. 2:00 PM 4,535
14 KAVANAUGH-FORD HEARING FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:00 AM 4,524
15 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 4,450
16 KAVANAUGH-FORD HEARING FOX NEWS Thurs. 1:00 PM 4,363
17 OUTNUMBERED OVERTIME FOX NEWS Fri. 1:00 PM 4,335
18 DAILY BRIEFING W/D.PERINO FOX NEWS Fri. 2:00 PM 4,121
19 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 4,033
20 AMERICAS NEWSROOM FOX NEWS Fri. 10:00 AM 3,828
21 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 3,622
22 THE STORY FOX NEWS Mon. 7:00 PM 3,559
23 HANNITY FOX NEWS Fri. 9:00 PM 3,464
24 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,462
25 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Weds. 10:00 PM 3,413

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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