Viewers may not have been happy with the staging of Discovery’s special “Phelps vs. Shark,” but they sure tuned in Sunday.
The kickoff of Discovery’s annual Shark Week drew strong ratings, with “Phelps vs. Shark” leading the way. It earned a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.78 million viewers, way up over anything during last year’s Shark Week.
“Game of Thrones” remained dominant in its second week, falling just a little from its season premiere. It scored a 4.3 in the 18-49 demographic and 9.27 million viewers, its second-best numbers ever.
It also helped the season premieres of “Ballers” (1.2, 2.48 million) and “Insecure” (0.6, 1.12 million) to series highs. “Insecure” doubled its previous highs in both viewers and adults 18-49.
Elsewhere, “Power” (0.8) ticked up week to week for Starz, and “Claws” was steady at 0.5 for TNT.
T0p 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, July 23, 2017
|Show||Net||Time||Total Viewers (000s)||18-49 rating|
|GAME OF THRONES||HBO||9:02 PM||9,270||4.3|
|PHELPS VS SHARK||DISCOVERY||8:00 PM||4,782||1.9|
|SHARK-CROCK SHOWDOWN||DISCOVERY||9:06 PM||3,087||1.3|
|GREAT WHITE SERIAL KILLER LIVES||DISCOVERY||7:00 PM||2,514||1.0|
|GREAT HAMMERHEAD INVASION||DISCOVERY||10:06 PM||2,150||0.9|
|SHARK AFTER DARK||DISCOVERY||11:06 PM||1,334||0.6|
|90 DAY FIANCE: HAPPILY EVER AFTER||TLC||8:00 PM||1,371||0.5|
|MLB SUNDAY NIGHT||ESPN||8:00 PM||2,121||0.5|
|FOOD NETWORK STAR||FOOD||9:00 PM||1,722||0.4|
|ISLAND HUNTERS||HGTV||10:30 PM||1,701||0.4|
|COPA ORO 2017||UNIVISION DEPORTES||8:30 PM||845||0.4|
|SHAHS OF SUNSET||BRAVO||8:00 PM||1,051||0.4|
|ISLAND HUNTERS||HGTV||10:00 PM||1,802||0.4|
|ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN||ID||10:00 PM||1,403||0.4|
|DECKER: MINDWIPE||ADULT SWIM||12:00 AM||728||0.3|
|CARIBBEAN LIFE||HGTV||9:30 PM||1,701||0.3|
|CONCACAF GOLD CUP||FS1||8:56 PM||794||0.3|
|BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT||HGTV||8:00 PM||1,454||0.3|
|PHILLY STREET FLIPPIN||HGTV||2:00 PM||1,252||0.3|
|THE STRAIN||FX||10:00 PM||913||0.3|
Source: The Nielsen Company.