Combined broadcast/cable weekly rankings, Aug. 22-28: NFL helps broadcast keep its edge

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Six cable shows join their broadcast counterparts in the combined adults 18-49 rankings for Aug. 22-28.

That’s the same number as the previous week. The MTV Video Music Awards was the highest-ranking cable program, tying for eighth. Several national NFL preseason telecasts on the broadcast networks, along with the usual top shows, helped tilt the rankings toward the broadcast side.

No cable show would have cracked the broadcast Top 25 in viewers for the week.

Top 25 broadcast and cable series (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Aug. 22-28, 2016

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 2.4 3,084
2 AMERICA’S GOT TALENT NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2.1 2,664
BIG BROTHER CBS Sun. 8:01 PM 2.1 2,641
BIG BROTHER CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 2.1 2,625
5 NFL PRESEASON FOOTBALL FOX Sun. 4:26 PM 2.0 2,597
AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 2.0 2,475
7 BIG BROTHER CBS Thurs. 9:00 PM 1.9 2,421
8 NFL PRESEASON FOOTBALL NBC Sun. 8:07 PM 1.8 2,336
2016 VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS – S MTV Sun. 9:00 PM 1.8 2,253
NFL PRESEASON FOOTBALL NBC Thurs. 8:07 PM 1.8 2,228
11 NFL PRESEASON POSTGAME FOX Sun. 7:32 PM 1.7 2,197
12 BETTER LATE THAN NEVER – P NBC Tues. 10:00 PM 1.6 2,044
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 1.6 2,016
BACHELOR IN PARADISE ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.6 1,994
15 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,778
BACHELOR IN PARADISE ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,767
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT – R NBC Weds. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,737
MASTERCHEF FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 1.4 1,736
19 RUNNING WILD W/BEAR GRYLLS NBC Mon. 10:00 PM 1.3 1,666
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,638
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.3 1,613
MASTERCHEF FOX Weds. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,605
23 NFL PRESEASON PRE-KICK NBC Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,563
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.2 1,496
LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,468
LIFE IN PIECES – R CBS Thurs. 8:31 PM 1.2 1,459

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

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