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
BALLERS HBO 10:02 PM 2,476 1.2
GREAT WHITE SERIAL KILLER LIVES DISCOVERY 7:00 PM 2,514 1.0
GREAT HAMMERHEAD INVASION DISCOVERY 10:06 PM 2,150 0.9
POWER STARZ 9:02 PM 1,789 0.8
SHARK AFTER DARK DISCOVERY 11:06 PM 1,334 0.6
INSECURE HBO 10:34 PM 1,118 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
CLAWS TNT 9:00 PM 1,265 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
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 11:04 PM 805 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.

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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