The two top shows on cable for the week of Sept. 19-25 were “Monday Night Football” and “American Horror Story: Roanoke.” Nothing out of the ordinary there.

Further down the rankings, however, is something of a surprise: A couple of 30-year-old (and then some) movies in the Top 25 among adults 18-49. Such is the power of “Star Wars.”

“MNF” scored a 4.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic, off slightly from the 4.8 for its opener the previous week. (Its 12.14 million viewers led that category by a wide margin.) “AHS: Roanoke” (1.8) was off a full point from its premiere but managed to stay in front of “Fear the Walking Dead” (1.5) and in second.

TNT’s Sunday prime-time showing of “Return of the Jedi” managed to tie for ninth overall at 1.0, and a Saturday airing of “The Empire Strikes Back” tied for 18th with a 0.8. Both were part of weekend marathons promoting Turner’s acquisition of the “Star Wars” library.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49  for Sept. 19-25, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – EAGLES/BEARS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 4.5 5,822
2 AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ROANOKE FX Weds. 10:00 PM 1.8 2,291
3 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 1.5 1,905
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – TEXANS/PATRIOTS NFLN Thurs. 8:27 PM 1.5 1,885
5 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:38 PM 1.3 1,698
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – ARKANSAS/TEXAS A&M ESPN Sat. 9:32 PM 1.3 1,686
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – AUBURN/LSU ESPN Sat. 5:56 PM 1.3 1,677
8 LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,443
9 STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI TNT Sun. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,277
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL POSTGAME NFLN Thurs. 11:29 PM 1.0 1,267
SOUTH PARK COM Weds. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,238
12 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,187
POWER – F STARZ Sun. 9:02 PM 0.9 1,173
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,162
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,153
FAMILY GUY ADSM Thurs. 11:30 PM 0.9 1,136
COLLEGE FOOTBALL – GEORGIA/MISSISSIPPI ESPN Sat. 12:01 PM 0.9 1,122
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREGAME NFLN Thurs. 8:20 PM 0.9 1,114
19 STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK TNT Sat. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,064
FAMILY GUY ADSM Thurs. 11:00 PM 0.8 1,042
FAMILY GUY ADSM Tues. 11:00 PM 0.8 1,009
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:00 PM 0.8 1,008
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:30 PM 0.8 989
FAMILY GUY ADSM Tues. 11:30 PM 0.8 985
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 10:00 PM 0.8 978

 

Top 25 cable shows in viewers for Sept. 19-25, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – EAGLES/BEARS ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 12,137
2 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – AUBURN/LSU ESPN Sat. 5:56 PM 4,098
3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – ARKANSAS/TEXAS A&M ESPN Sat. 9:32 PM 3,872
4 THE KELLY FILE FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,519
5 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 3,491
6 THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – TEXANS/PATRIOTS NFLN Thurs. 8:27 PM 3,410
7 AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ROANOKE FX Weds. 10:00 PM 3,273
8 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 3,243
9 HANNITY FNC Weds. 10:00 PM 3,232
10 MAJOR CRIMES TNT Mon. 10:00 PM 3,098
11 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 3,056
12 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Fri. 8:00 PM 2,988
13 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:38 PM 2,884
14 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,810
15 THE FIVE FNC Mon. 5:00 PM 2,791
16 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 2,734
17 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Thurs. 6:00 PM 2,724
18 COLLEGE FOOTBALL – GEORGIA/MISSISSIPPI ESPN Sat. 12:01 PM 2,696
19 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Mon. 6:00 PM 2,690
20 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,686
21 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 2,645
22 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Tues. 6:00 PM 2,638
23 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 2,633
24 THE KELLY FILE FNC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,605
25 STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI TNT Sun. 8:00 PM 2,592

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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