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ESPN owned New Year’s week. Between the College Football Playoff —  down 40 percent vs. last year but still big — other bowl games and “Monday Night Football,” it claimed 18 spots (including ties) in the Top 25 among adults 18-49 and 17 of the Top 25 in viewers.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Dec. 28, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 CFP SEMIFINAL ESPN 12/31/15 8:20 PM 5.5 6989
2 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ESPN 12/28/15 8:15 PM 4.8 6095
3 CFP SEMIFINAL ESPN 12/31/15 4:10 PM 4.7 5954
4 ROSE BOWL ESPN 01/01/16 5:09 PM 3.6 4540
5 FIESTA BOWL ESPN 01/01/16 12:56 PM 2.8 3520
6 SUGAR BOWL ESPN 01/01/16 8:39 PM 2.6 3239
7 ALAMO BOWL ESPN 01/02/16 6:52 PM 2.0 2503
8 SPORTSCENTER ESPN 12/28/15 11:59 PM 1.7 2196
8t LIBERTY BOWL ESPN 01/02/16 3:24 PM 1.7 2132
10 PEACH BOWL ESPN 12/31/15 11:58 AM 1.6 2031
10t TEXAS BOWL ESPN 12/29/15 9:24 PM 1.6 1991
12 LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 12/28/15 8:00 PM 1.5 1907
12t TAXSLAYER BOWL ESPN 01/02/16 12:00 PM 1.5 1891
12t MUSIC CITY BOWL ESPN 12/30/15 7:12 PM 1.5 1885
15 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRVO 01/03/16 8:00 PM 1.4 1751
16 GOLD RUSH DISC 01/01/16 9:00 PM 1.3 1693
16t HOLIDAY BOWL ESPN 12/30/15 11:12 PM 1.3 1640
18 KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS ENT 01/03/16 9:00 PM 1.2 1556
18t WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 12/28/15 8:00 PM 1.2 1556
18t WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 12/28/15 9:00 PM 1.2 1536
18t WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 12/28/15 10:00 PM 1.2 1500
18t RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL ESPN 12/29/15 5:41 PM 1.2 1499
18t CACTUS BOWL ESPN 01/02/16 11:02 PM 1.2 1483
24 ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE DISC 12/30/15 9:00 PM 1.1 1434
24t COLL FTBL BOWL STUDIO ESPN 01/01/16 12:07 AM 1.1 1356
24t SPORTSCENTER ESPN 12/31/15 11:59 PM 1.1 1347
24t BLACK INK CREW CHICAGO VH1 12/28/15 9:00 PM 1.1 1345

 

Top 25 cable series in viewers for Dec. 28, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 CFP SEMIFINAL ESPN 12/31/15 8:20 PM 18552
2 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL ESPN 12/28/15 8:15 PM 15806
3 CFP SEMIFINAL ESPN 12/31/15 4:10 PM 15640
4 ROSE BOWL ESPN 01/01/16 5:09 PM 13552
5 FIESTA BOWL ESPN 01/01/16 12:56 PM 9759
6 SUGAR BOWL ESPN 01/01/16 8:39 PM 8940
7 ALAMO BOWL ESPN 01/02/16 6:52 PM 7414
8 LIBERTY BOWL ESPN 01/02/16 3:24 PM 7049
9 TAXSLAYER BOWL ESPN 01/02/16 12:00 PM 5872
10 PEACH BOWL ESPN 12/31/15 11:58 AM 5604
11 MUSIC CITY BOWL ESPN 12/30/15 7:12 PM 5423
12 TEXAS BOWL ESPN 12/29/15 9:24 PM 4958
13 SPORTSCENTER ESPN 12/28/15 11:59 PM 4270
14 HOLIDAY BOWL ESPN 12/30/15 11:12 PM 4249
15 GOLD RUSH DISC 01/01/16 9:00 PM 4247
16 RUSSELL ATHLETIC BOWL ESPN 12/29/15 5:41 PM 4202
17 ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE DISC 12/30/15 9:00 PM 3931
18 CACTUS BOWL ESPN 01/02/16 11:02 PM 3699
19 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 12/28/15 8:00 PM 3695
20 BELK BOWL ESPN 12/30/15 3:32 PM 3501
21 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 12/28/15 9:00 PM 3488
22 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 12/28/15 10:00 PM 3425
23 CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST 12/29/15 9:00 PM 3300
24 LOVE IN PARADISE HALL 01/02/16 9:00 PM 3074
25 ALASKA: THE LAST FRONTIER DISC 01/03/16 9:00 PM 3058

 

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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