Cable weekly Top 25, July 18-24: RNC coverage dominates the week

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Coverage of the Republican National Convention flooded the cable news channels in the week of July 18-24, and it shows in the weekly ratings.

Convention coverage and news shows originating from the site in Cleveland occupy nine of the Top 25 spots among adults 18-49 and 21 of the Top 25 in viewers. In both measures, Fox News’ 10 p.m. Thursday coverage ranks first.

The top non-news show in adults 18-49 was “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” (1.4), while a NASCAR race on NBC Sports Network (5.22 million viewers) is the lone non-news entrant in the viewer Top 15.

Top 25 cable shows in adults 18-49  for July 18-24, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 AMERICA’S ELECTION HQ: RNC FNC 7/21/2016 10:00 PM 1.6 1,985
2 AMERICA’S ELECTION HQ: RNC FNC 7/21/2016 11:00 PM 1.5 1,839
3 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 7/18/2016 8:00 PM 1.4 1,780
4 AMERICA’S CHOICE 2016 CNN 7/21/2016 10:00 PM 1.3 1,622
5 NASCAR SPRINT CUP – INDIANAPOLIS NBCSN 7/24/2016 3:28 PM 1.2 1,561
WWE SMACKDOWN USA 7/19/2016 8:00 PM 1.2 1,499
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 7/18/2016 8:00 PM 1.2 1,491
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 7/18/2016 9:00 PM 1.2 1,465
9 HANNITY FNC 7/21/2016 11:37 PM 1.1 1,355
AMERICA’S ELECTION HQ: RNC FNC 7/20/2016 10:00 PM 1.1 1,344
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA 7/18/2016 10:00 PM 1.1 1,332
12 AMERICA’S CHOICE 2016 CNN 7/21/2016 11:00 PM 1.0 1,312
13 FAMILY GUY ADSM 7/24/2016 10:30 PM 0.9 1,202
AMERICA’S ELECTION HQ: RNC FNC 7/18/2016 10:00 PM 0.9 1,193
FAMILY GUY ADSM 7/20/2016 11:00 PM 0.9 1,181
FAMILY GUY ADSM 7/18/2016 10:30 PM 0.9 1,155
THE KELLY FILE FNC 7/21/2016 9:00 PM 0.9 1,122
FAMILY GUY ADSM 7/20/2016 11:30 PM 0.9 1,121
AMERICA’S CHOICE 2016 CNN 7/18/2016 10:00 PM 0.9 1,118
NASCAR SPRINT CUP PRE NBCSN 7/24/2016 3:00 PM 0.9 1,110
T.I. AND TINY VH1 7/18/2016 9:00 PM 0.9 1,096
FAMILY GUY ADSM 7/24/2016 10:00 PM 0.9 1,090
FAMILY GUY ADSM 7/19/2016 11:00 PM 0.9 1,084
FAMILY GUY ADSM 7/19/2016 11:30 PM 0.9 1,082
25 FAMILY GUY ADSM 7/21/2016 11:30 PM 0.8 1,053

Note: 17 other shows had 0.8 ratings but fewer 18-49 viewers than those listed above.

Top 25 cable series in viewers for July 11-17, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 AMERICA’S ELECTION HQ: RNC FNC 7/21/2016 10:00 PM 9,724
2 AMERICA’S ELECTION HQ: RNC FNC 7/21/2016 11:00 PM 9,098
3 AMERICA’S ELECTION HQ: RNC FNC 7/20/2016 10:00 PM 7,337
4 HANNITY FNC 7/21/2016 11:37 PM 6,610
5 THE KELLY FILE FNC 7/21/2016 9:00 PM 6,553
6 AMERICA’S ELECTION HQ: RNC FNC 7/18/2016 10:00 PM 6,348
7 AMERICA’S CHOICE 2016 CNN 7/21/2016 10:00 PM 5,799
8 THE KELLY FILE FNC 7/20/2016 9:00 PM 5,568
9 AMERICA’S ELECTION HQ: RNC FNC 7/19/2016 10:00 PM 5,262
10 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC 7/21/2016 8:00 PM 5,261
11 NASCAR SPRINT CUP – INDIANAPOLIS NBCSN 7/24/2016 3:28 PM 5,217
12 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC 7/18/2016 8:00 PM 5,091
13 THE KELLY FILE FNC 7/18/2016 9:00 PM 5,067
14 THE KELLY FILE FNC 7/19/2016 9:00 PM 5,003
15 HANNITY FNC 7/20/2016 11:00 PM 4,874
16 AMERICA’S CHOICE 2016 CNN 7/21/2016 11:00 PM 4,682
17 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC 7/20/2016 8:00 PM 4,534
18 AMERICA’S CHOICE 2016 CNN 7/21/2016 9:00 PM 4,302
19 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC 7/19/2016 8:00 PM 4,248
20 RIZZOLI & ISLES TNT 7/18/2016 9:00 PM 4,052
21 AMERICA’S CHOICE 2016 CNN 7/18/2016 10:00 PM 3,943
22 NASCAR SPRINT CUP PRE NBCSN 7/24/2016 3:00 PM 3,856
23 HANNITY FNC 7/21/2016 12:00 AM 3,734
24 MAJOR CRIMES TNT 7/18/2016 10:00 PM 3,719
25 AMERICA’S CHOICE 2016 CNN 07/18/16 9:00 PM 3,695

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

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