Just like with the broadcast top 25, there were several live sports broadcasts that dominated cable for the week of Sept. 3.

ESPN landed all 3 of the week’s top spots in the adults 18-49 demo, starting with its broadcast of the Virginia Tech vs. Florida State college football game, which scored a 1.9 rating. The network’s additional NCAA football coverage as well as its broadcast of the Clemson vs. Texas A&M game rounded out the top 3 with matching 1.4s.

Meanwhile, the series premiere of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” spin-off, “Mayans M.C.,” was the fourth highest-rated cable show of the week with a 1.1. BET’s Tuesday and Wednesday night installments of “The Bobby Brown Story” followed closely behind it with a pair of 1.0s. ESPN’s previously-mentioned college football broadcasts led the week in total viewers too with 5.58 and 4.49 million viewers each.

Elsewhere, after losing the lead to “Hannity” the week before, MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” returned to the top of the week’s cable news broadcasts in total viewers with its Wednesday night broadcast landing just slightly higher than the Thursday night “Hannity” (3.63 million) with 3.67 million.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Sept. 3-9, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME L: VIRGINIA TECH/FLORIDA STATE ESPN Mon. 7:58 PM 1.9 2,394
2 COLL FTBL REG SSN SUST L ESPN Mon. 11:09 PM 1.4 1,843
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME L: CLEMSON/TEXAS A&M ESPN Sat. 7:00 PM 1.4 1,779
4 MAYANS M.C. FX Tues. 10:00 PM 1.1 1,344
5 BOBBY BROWN STORY, THE: BOBBY BROWN 102 PREM BET Weds. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,306
BOBBY BROWN STORY, THE: BOBBY BROWN 101 PREM BET Tues. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,293
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,280
LOVE & HIP HOP HLLYWD 5 VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,267
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,242
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,216
11 JERSEY SHORE:FAM VACAY S2 MTV Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,101
12 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME L: MICHIGAN STATE/ARIZONA STATE ESPN Sat. 10:45 PM 0.8 1,062
WWE SMACKDOWN: WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 986
14 TENNIS: US OPEN AFT L: WOMENS FINALS ESPN Sat. 4:00 PM 0.7 870
15 COLLEGE GAMEDAY L: N/A ESPN Sat. 9:00 AM 0.6 794
90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE 90: N/A TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.6 794
POWER 5 STARZ Sun. 8:01 PM 0.6 794
STREET OUTLAWS DISCOVERY Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 781
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 0.6 730
PURGE, THE USA Tues. 10:00 PM 0.6 704
COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT L: MISSISSIPPI STATE/KANSAS STATE ESPN Sat. 12:01 PM 0.6 704
NFL COUNTDOWN L: N/A ESPN Sun. 10:00 AM 0.6 704
23 COLL FTBL COUNTDOWN L ESPN Mon. 7:13 PM 0.5 691
SPORTSCENTER MORNING L ESPN Sat. 2:20 AM 0.5 666
BASKETBALL WIVES 7 VH1 Sun. 10:00 PM 0.5 653
SPORTSCENTER 12AM L ESPN Mon. 11:21 PM 0.5 627
COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFT L: ARKANSAS ST/ALABAMA ESPN2 Sat. 3:41 PM 0.5 627
KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS E! Sun. 9:00 PM 0.5 627
CHALLENGE:FINAL RECKONING MTV Tues. 9:00 PM 0.5 614
BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.5 602
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC BRAVO Weds. 8:00 PM 0.5 602
SPORTSCENTER LATE L ESPN Sun. 11:48 PM 0.5 602
SHAMELESS S9 SHOWTIME Sun. 9:08 PM 0.5 602
BLACK INK CREW CHICAGO 4 VH1 Weds. 8:00 PM 0.5 589
TENNIS: US OPEN PRIME L: MENS/WOMENS QTRFINALS ESPN Tues. 7:00 PM 0.5 576

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Sept. 3-9, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME L: VIRGINIA TECH/FLORIDA STATE ESPN Mon. 7:58 PM 5,576
2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME L: CLEMSON/TEXAS A&M ESPN Sat. 7:00 PM 4,486
3 COLL FTBL REG SSN SUST L ESPN Mon. 11:09 PM 3,859
4 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,674
5 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,628
6 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,489
7 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 3,365
8 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,264
9 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 3,201
10 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,136
11 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC Weds. 10:00 PM 3,128
12 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 3,124
13 INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:00 PM 3,112
14 TENNIS: US OPEN AFT L: WOMENS FINALS ESPN Sat. 4:00 PM 3,101
15 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 3,063
16 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,017
17 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 2,945
18 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,933
19 HANNITY FOX NEWS Fri. 9:00 PM 2,925
20 INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS Weds. 10:00 PM 2,813
21 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,800
22 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 2,740
23 FIVE, THE FOX NEWS Weds. 5:00 PM 2,736
24 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC Tues. 10:00 PM 2,684
25 FIVE, THE FOX NEWS Tues. 5:00 PM 2,681

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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