“Monday Night Football” kept ESPN on top of the cable charts for the week of Sept. 30, even despite the return of “The Walking Dead.”

ESPN’s broadcast of the “MNF” game between Cincinnati and Pittsburgh scored the week’s top spots in both the adults 18-49 (3.5) and total viewer (10.47 million) charts. The network’s usual, pregame “Monday Night Kickoff” special came second in both charts (1.7, 5.48 million) as well.

Meanwhile, the season 10 premiere of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” placed third among adults 18-49 (1.4) and came fourth in total viewers (4 million). TBS’ broadcast of the MLB wildcard game between the Brewers and the Nationals placed fourth in the 18-49 chart (1.3) and third in total viewers (4.73 million).

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – CINCINNATI/PITTSBURGH ESPN Mon. 8:14 PM 3.5 4,416
2 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 1.7 2,112
3 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 1.4 1,843
4 MLB WILDCARD – BREWERS VS NATIONALS TBS Tues. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,702
5 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – GEORGIA/TENNESSEE ESPN Sat. 7:23 PM 1.1 1,434
6 MLB WILD CARD – TAMPA BAY/OAKLAND ESPN Weds. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,318
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 11:16 PM 1.0 1,306
MLB DIVISION SERIES – NATIONALS/DODGERS TBS Thurs. 9:11 PM 1.0 1,306
9 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,190
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,165
MLB DIVISION SERIES – DODGERS/NATIONALS TBS Sun. 7:38 PM 0.9 1,152
90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE THE 90 DAYS TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,152
MLB DIVISION SERIES – CARDINALS/BRAVES TBS Thurs. 4:55 PM 0.9 1,126
14 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.8 1,075
MLB DIVISION SERIES – NATIONALS/DODGERS TBS Fri. 9:30 PM 0.8 1,062
DIVISION SERIES GAME 2019 ALDS MIN AT NYY GM 1 MLB NETWORK Fri. 7:09 PM 0.8 1,062
17 90 DAY FIANCE: OTHER WAY? TLC Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 909
AEW: ALL ELITE WRESTLING: DYNAMITE 0001 WASHINGTON DC TNT Weds. 8:00 PM 0.7 870
MLB AL DIVISION SERIES – TAMPA BAY/HOUSTON 2 FOX SPORTS 1 Sat. 9:00 PM 0.7 858
20 LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.6 794
AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX Weds. 10:00 PM 0.6 794
MLB DIVISION SERIES – BRAVES/CARDINALS TBS Sun. 4:03 PM 0.6 781
BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 768
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – WASHINGTON/STANFORD ESPN Sat. 10:39 PM 0.6 768
THE WALKING DEAD BONUS AMC Sun. 7:52 PM 0.6 730
MLB DIVISION SERIES – CARDINALS/BRAVES TBS Fri. 4:30 PM 0.6 717
SPORTSCENTER LATE ESPN Weds. 11:28 PM 0.6 704

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – CINCINNATI/PITTSBURGH ESPN Mon. 8:14 PM 10,467
2 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 5,475
3 MLB WILDCARD – BREWERS VS NATIONALS TBS Tues. 8:00 PM 4,732
4 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 4,000
5 MLB WILD CARD – TAMPA BAY/OAKLAND ESPN Weds. 8:00 PM 3,969
6 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – GEORGIA/TENNESSEE ESPN Sat. 7:23 PM 3,901
7 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,869
HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,869
9 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 3,612
10 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 3,580
11 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 3,538
12 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,528
13 MLB DIVISION SERIES – CARDINALS/BRAVES TBS Thurs. 4:55 PM 3,508
14 MLB DIVISION SERIES – NATIONALS/DODGERS TBS Thurs. 9:11 PM 3,505
15 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 3,395
16 DIVISION SERIES GAME 2019 ALDS MIN AT NYY GM 1 MLB NETWORK Fri. 7:09 PM 3,352
17 MLB DIVISION SERIES – DODGERS/NATIONALS TBS Sun. 7:38 PM 3,339
18 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 3,297
19 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,250
20 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Weds. 10:00 PM 3,218
21 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,200
22 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,150
23 HANNITY SPECIAL FOX NEWS Fri. 9:00 PM 3,065
24 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC Weds. 10:00 PM 3,052
25 MLB DIVISION SERIES – NATIONALS/DODGERS TBS Fri. 9:30 PM 3,043

All ratings are live + same-day. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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