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Although it was down week to week, “Monday Night Football” still topped the cable rankings pretty easily for the week of Dec. 21-27. ESPN’s telecast drew a 3.4 in adults 18-49 and 10.9 million viewers.

As with broadcast, there was less original programming than usual, and football — including two prime-time games on the NFL Network — dominated the top spots.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Dec. 21-27, 2015

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ESPN 12/21/15 8:15 PM 3.4 4371
2 SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NFLN 12/26/15 8:27 PM 2.5 3219
3 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NFLN 12/24/15 8:27 PM 2.4 3063
4 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRVO 12/27/15 8:00 PM 1.4 1809
4t SPORTSCENTER ESPN 12/21/15 11:48 PM 1.4 1803
4t NBA REGULAR SEASON ESPN 12/25/15 8:00 PM 1.4 1757
7 ELF FAM 12/24/15 8:45 PM 1.3 1702
7t THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL POSTGAME NFLN 12/24/15 12:23 AM 1.3 1679
7t LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 12/21/15 7:59 PM 1.3 1590
10 SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME NFLN 12/26/15 8:00 PM 1.2 1474
10t NBA REGULAR SEASON ESPN 12/25/15 11:59 AM 1.2 1470
10t WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 12/21/15 8:00 PM 1.2 1466
13 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 12/21/15 10:00 PM 1.1 1453
13t NBA REGULAR SEASON ESPN 12/25/15 10:35 PM 1.1 1444
13t WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 12/21/15 9:00 PM 1.1 1406
13t THE BIG BANG THEORY TBSC 12/22/15 10:00 PM 1.1 1393
17 COLL FTBL BOWL GAME ESPN 12/26/15 9:52 PM 1.0 1322
17t THE BIG BANG THEORY TBSC 12/22/15 10:30 PM 1.0 1315
17t FAMILY GUY ADSM 12/21/15 11:30 PM 1.0 1296
17t 24 HOURS OF A CHRISTMAS STORY TBSC 12/25/15 10:00 AM 1.0 1295
17t HARRY POTTER/DEATHLY HALLOWS PT 2 FAM 12/27/15 8:45 PM 1.0 1272
17t THE BIG BANG THEORY TBSC 12/23/15 10:30 PM 1.0 1270
17t CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST 12/22/15 9:00 PM 1.0 1268
17t HARRY POTTER/GOBLET OF FIRE FAM 12/26/15 6:15 PM 1.0 1235
17t FAMILY GUY ADSM 12/21/15 11:00 PM 1.0 1226
17t THE BIG BANG THEORY TBSC 12/23/15 10:00 PM 1.0 1223
17t FAMILY GUY ADSM 12/24/15 11:30 PM 1.0 1214
17t FAMILY GUY ADSM 12/22/15 11:00 PM 1.0 1213
17t FAMILY GUY ADSM 12/24/15 11:00 PM 1.0 1210

 

Top 25 cable series in viewers for Dec. 21-27, 2015

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ESPN 12/21/15 8:15 PM 10901
2 SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NFLN 12/26/15 8:27 PM 8147
3 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL NFLN 12/24/15 8:27 PM 7075
4 COLL FTBL BOWL GAME ESPN 12/26/15 9:52 PM 4046
5 NBA REGULAR SEASON ESPN 12/25/15 8:00 PM 3881
6 SATURDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME NFLN 12/26/15 8:00 PM 3869
7 MAJOR CRIMES TNT 12/21/15 9:00 PM 3689
8 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 12/21/15 8:00 PM 3443
9 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL POSTGAME NFLN 12/24/15 12:23 AM 3437
10 SPORTSCENTER ESPN 12/21/15 11:48 PM 3424
11 COLL FTBL BOWL GAME ESPN 12/26/15 5:55 PM 3416
12 CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST 12/22/15 9:00 PM 3404
13 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 12/21/15 9:00 PM 3374
14 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 12/21/15 10:00 PM 3316
15 FIXER UPPER HGTV 12/22/15 9:00 PM 3173
16 NBA REGULAR SEASON ESPN 12/25/15 11:59 AM 3169
17 ELF FAM 12/24/15 8:45 PM 3152
18 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRVO 12/27/15 8:00 PM 2981
19 NBA REGULAR SEASON ESPN 12/25/15 10:35 PM 2887
20 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBSC 12/22/15 10:00 PM 2856
21 NCIS USA 12/27/15 8:00 PM 2758
22 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME NFLN 12/24/15 8:00 PM 2728
23 NCIS USA 12/25/15 8:41 PM 2707
24 NCIS USA 12/25/15 10:05 PM 2660
25 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBSC 12/22/15 10:30 PM 2644

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

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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