FS1 Hits Weekly Cable Ratings Home Run

Sports network rides baseball playoffs coverage to primetime win

FS1, led by its Major League Baseball playoffs coverage, was the most watched cable network in primetime last week, according to Nielsen.

The national sports network, which aired New York Yankees-Houston Astros American League Championship Series games, drew 3.9 million viewers during the week of Oct. 16 to Oct. 22, besting runner up TBS, which rode its Los Angeles Dodgers-Chicago Cubs National League Championship series coverage to a weekly audience average of 2.6 million viewers, according to Nielsen. 

ESPN finished third with 2.1 million viewers, followed by Fox News’ 2 million viewers and TNT’s 1.7 million watchers. MSNBC and AMC (tied with 1.6 million viewers), USA Network and HGTV (tied with 1.1 million) and Discovery Channel and Hallmark (1 million) rounded out the top 10 most watched networks for the week.

Fox News was the most watched network for the week on a 24-hour basis, followed by Nickelodeon, MSNBC, ESPN, FS1 and TBS. 

FS1 was also the top choice in primetime for adults 18-49 for the week, while Adult Swim took top honors in the demo on a 24-hour basis 

The Oct. 22 eighth-season premiere of AMC’s The Walking Dead was the most watched cable show for the week with 11.4 million viewers, which was down from the 17 million viewers generated by the show’s season seven premiere episode last October, according to the network.

Most Watched Cable Shows For The Week Of Oct. 16-Oct. 22

Date ShowNetworkTotal Viewers

10/22 The Walking Dead                                                    AMC               11.4 million

10/21 MLB ALCS – NY Yankees/Houston Gm 7                     FS1                 9.9 million

10/16 Monday Night Football – Ind./Tenn.                          ESPN                8.4 million

10/20 MLB ALCS – NY Yankees/Houston Gm 6                    FS1                  8.2 million

10/18 MLB NLCS – Los Angeles/Chicago Gm 4                    TBS                  6.8 million

10/17 MLB NLCS – Los Angeles/Chicago Gm 3                    TBS                  6.0 million

10/17 NBA – Boston Celtics/Cleveland Cavaliers                 TNT                  5.6 million

10/18 MLB ALCS – Houston/NY Yankees Gm 5                    FS1                  5.2 million

10/19 MLB NLCS – Los Angeles/Chicago Gm 5                    TBS                  5.2 million

10/16 MLB ALCS – Houston/NY Yankees Gm 3                    FS1                  5.1 million

Source: Nielsen