Unsurprisingly, ESPN and the NFL Network dominated the cable ratings for the week of Sept. 9.

At the top of the charts, ESPN scored the week’s two highest-rated and most-watched cable broadcasts, thanks to a pair of “Monday Night Football” games. The network’s broadcast of the Houston vs. New Orleans game topped the week with a 4.4 rating in adults 18-49 and a 13.08 million viewer audience, while the Denver vs. Oakland game (3.8, 10.62 million) placed second in both measures.

Additionally, the NFL Network rounded out the top 4 in both charts with its broadcast of the “Thursday Night Football” game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Carolina Panthers (2.4, 6.64 million), along with its coverage of the game’s weather delay (1.5, 6.64 million).

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Sept. 9-15, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – HOUSTON/NEW ORLEANS ESPN Mon. 7:08 PM 4.4 5,683
2 NFL REGULAR SEASON – DENVER/OAKLAND ESPN Mon. 10:27 PM 3.8 4,813
3 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: 2019 WEEK 2 TB VS. CAR NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:23 PM 2.4 3,072
4 NFLN THU WEATHER DLY NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:40 PM 1.5 1,971
5 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 6:55 PM 1.1 1,459
6 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 1:14 AM 1.0 1,254
TNF PRE-KICK NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,242
8 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – FLORIDA/KENTUCKY ESPN Sat. 7:10 PM 0.9 1,190
TNF POST-GAME NFL NETWORK Thurs. 12:13 AM 0.9 1,126
90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE THE 90 DAYS TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,101
11 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.8 960
12 90 DAY FIANCE: OTHER WAY? TLC Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 922
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 896
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – WASHINGTON STATE/HOUSTON ESPN Fri. 9:18 PM 0.7 845
15 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.6 806
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – TEXAS TECH/ARIZONA ESPN Sat. 10:48 PM 0.6 806
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.6 794
A VERY BRADY RENOVATION HOME Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 742
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN Sat. 9:00 AM 0.6 704
NFL COUNTDOWN ESPN Sun. 10:00 AM 0.6 704
21 JERSEY SHORE :FAM VACATION MTV Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.5 691
BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.5 666
LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.5 640
KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS E! Sun. 9:00 PM 0.5 602
ESPN ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY: 30 FOR 30: RODMAN: FOR BETTER OR WORSE ESPN Tues. 9:00 PM 0.5 589
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Fri. 12:37 AM 0.5 589
TEEN MOM II MTV Tues. 8:00 PM 0.5 576
BASKETBALL WIVES VH1 Weds. 8:00 PM 0.5 576
CHALLENGE: WAR OF WORLDS 2 MTV Weds. 9:00 PM 0.5 576
TNF SHOWCASE NFL NETWORK Thurs. 7:30 PM 0.5 576

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for Sept. 9-15, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NFL REGULAR SEASON – HOUSTON/NEW ORLEANS ESPN Mon. 7:08 PM 13,078
2 NFL REGULAR SEASON – DENVER/OAKLAND ESPN Mon. 10:27 PM 10,619
3 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: 2019 WEEK 2 TB VS. CAR NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:23 PM 6,641
4 NFLN THU WEATHER DLY NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:40 PM 4,421
5 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,428
6 A VERY BRADY RENOVATION HOME Mon. 9:00 PM 3,362
7 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 3,305
8 MONDAY NIGHT KICKOFF ESPN Mon. 6:55 PM 3,263
9 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRIME – FLORIDA/KENTUCKY ESPN Sat. 7:10 PM 3,137
10 TNF PRE-KICK NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,951
11 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 2,944
12 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,920
13 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 2,868
14 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 2,852
15 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,788
16 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 2,776
17 90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE THE 90 DAYS TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 2,727
18 HANNITY SPECIAL FOX NEWS Fri. 9:00 PM 2,702
19 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Tues. 10:00 PM 2,675
20 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,632
21 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,627
22 TUCKER CARLSON SPECIAL FOX NEWS Fri. 8:00 PM 2,597
23 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Mon. 1:14 AM 2,574
24 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Weds. 10:00 PM 2,554
25 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Thurs. 5:00 PM 2,537

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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