The second episode of “Game of Thrones” had lower initial ratings than the season premiere. With a week of delayed viewing, however, they’re almost equal.

The HBO show rose by 1.4 points in adults 18-49 in the Live +7 ratings for July 17-23. Its 5.7 rating is within a tenth of a point of the premiere’s seven-day number of 5.8. It’s also within 3 percent of the premiere’s viewer total (12.38 million vs. 12.76 million).

Disney Channel’s “Descendants 2” also posted big gains, particularly among total viewers. The movie’s growth of 5.54 million viewers was the biggest for a cable show in more than a year (since a March 2016 episode of “The Walking Dead” added 5.7 million viewers). Simulcast showings of the movie on Freeform and Lifetime Movie Network also got sizable viewer bumps.

Here are the top cable shows in the Live +7 rankings for July 17-23, 2017. Rankings include original series, movies and specials only, not repeats.

Adults 18-49 – total gain

Rank Show Net L + SD L +7 7-Day Increase 7-Day % Increase
1 GAME OF THRONES HBOM 4.3 5.7 1.4 33%
2 DESCENDANTS 2 DSNY 1.2 2.3 1.1 92%
3 TEEN MOM II – P MTV 0.8 1.6 0.8 100%
4 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRVO 0.6 1.3 0.7 117%
5 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 1.4 1.9 0.5 36%
BALLERS – P HBOM 1.2 1.7 0.5 42%
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC BRVO 0.6 1.1 0.5 83%
SNOWFALL FX 0.5 1.0 0.5 100%
INK MASTER SPK 0.4 0.9 0.5 125%
CLAWS TNT 0.4 0.9 0.5 125%
ANIMAL KINGDOM TNT 0.4 0.9 0.5 125%
12 POWER STZP 0.8 1.2 0.4 50%
BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRVO 0.5 0.9 0.4 80%
QUEEN SUGAR OWN 0.5 0.9 0.4 80%
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 0.5 0.9 0.4 80%
PREACHER AMC 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH USA 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
SHOOTER – P USA 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
THE FOSTERS FRFM 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
THE STRAIN FX 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
21 BASKETBALL WIVES VH1 1.1 1.4 0.3 27%
THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN 0.7 1.0 0.3 43%
SOUTHERN CHARM BRVO 0.5 0.8 0.3 60%
FORGED IN FIRE HIST 0.5 0.8 0.3 60%
THE CHALLENGE: DIRTY 30 – P MTV 0.5 0.8 0.3 60%
CATFISH:THE TV SHOW MTV 0.5 0.8 0.3 60%

Note: 12 other shows also grew by 0.3 but had lower ratings than those above.

Adults 18-49 – percentage gain

Rank Show Net L + SD L +7 7-Day Increase 7-Day % Increase
1 TURN AMC 0.1 0.3 0.2 200%
ORPHAN BLACK BBCA 0.1 0.3 0.2 200%
FAMOUSLY SINGLE ENT 0.1 0.3 0.2 200%
THE BOLD TYPE FRFM 0.1 0.3 0.2 200%
DARK MATTER SYFY 0.1 0.3 0.2 200%
KENDRA ON TOP – 9:30 p.m. WE 0.1 0.3 0.2 200%
7 ADAM RUINS EVERYTHING TRU 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
YOUNGER TVL 0.2 0.5 0.3 150%
9 THE FOSTERS FRFM 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
THE STRAIN FX 0.3 0.7 0.4 133%
11 INK MASTER SPK 0.4 0.9 0.5 125%
CLAWS TNT 0.4 0.9 0.5 125%
ANIMAL KINGDOM TNT 0.4 0.9 0.5 125%
14 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRVO 0.6 1.3 0.7 117%
15 TEEN MOM II – P MTV 0.8 1.6 0.8 100%
SNOWFALL FX 0.5 1.0 0.5 100%
PREACHER AMC 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH USA 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
SHOOTER – P USA 0.4 0.8 0.4 100%
MILLION DOLLAR LISTING NY BRVO 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
TOSH.0 CMDY 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT LIF 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
LIP SYNC BATTLE SPK 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
COUNTING ON TLC 0.3 0.6 0.3 100%
BORN THIS WAY AEN 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
ODD MOM OUT BRVO 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
SWEET HOME OKLAHOMA BRVO 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
NASHVILLE CMT 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
SHADOWHUNTERS FRFM 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
BAR RESCUE SPK 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
THE MIST SPK 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
FACE OFF SYFY 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%
KATE PLUS 8 TLC 0.2 0.4 0.2 100%

Note: 20 other shows also grew by 100 percent but had lower ratings than those above.

Viewers – total gain

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-Day Increase (000s) 7-Day % Increase
1 DESCENDANTS 2 DSNY 5328 10869 5541 104%
2 GAME OF THRONES HBOM 9284 12367 3083 33%
3 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRVO 1729 3185 1456 84%
4 ANIMAL KINGDOM TNT 1273 2568 1295 102%
5 SUITS USA 1359 2626 1267 93%
6 SHOOTER – P USA 1508 2770 1262 84%
7 TEEN MOM II – P MTV 1489 2728 1239 83%
8 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC BRVO 1704 2879 1175 69%
9 QUEEN OF THE SOUTH USA 1181 2331 1150 97%
10 PREACHER AMC 1269 2393 1124 89%
11 ALONE HIST 1539 2649 1110 72%
12 SNOWFALL FX 1046 2143 1097 105%
13 CLAWS TNT 1266 2346 1080 85%
14 NASHVILLE CMT 718 1774 1056 147%
15 QUEEN SUGAR OWN 1559 2553 994 64%
16 THE STRAIN FX 914 1888 974 107%
17 FOOD NETWORK STAR FOOD 1722 2663 941 55%
18 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 2740 3678 938 34%
19 BALLERS – P HBOM 2479 3408 929 37%
20 INK MASTER SPK 859 1767 908 106%
21 DEADLIEST CATCH DISC 1795 2700 905 50%
22 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 943 1839 896 95%
23 BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRVO 1349 2241 892 66%
24 ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE DISC 2638 3485 847 32%
25 POWER STZP 1792 2565 773 43%

 

Viewers – percentage gain

Rank Show Net L+SD (000s) L+7 (000s) 7-Day Increase (000s) 7-Day % Increase
1 DESCENDANTS 2 FRFM 262 805 543 207%
2 BROADCHURCH BBCA 256 701 445 174%
3 ORPHAN BLACK BBCA 278 754 476 171%
4 NASHVILLE CMT 718 1774 1056 147%
5 THE MIST SPK 538 1233 695 129%
6 TURN AMC 545 1206 661 121%
7 THE BOLD TYPE FRFM 276 598 322 117%
8 DARK MATTER SYFY 502 1069 567 113%
9 THE FOSTERS FRFM 689 1427 738 107%
THE STRAIN FX 914 1888 974 107%
11 INK MASTER SPK 859 1767 908 106%
12 SNOWFALL FX 1046 2143 1097 105%
13 DESCENDANTS 2 DSNY 5328 10869 5541 104%
14 ANIMAL KINGDOM TNT 1273 2568 1295 102%
15 YOUNGER TVL 671 1340 669 100%
16 QUEEN OF THE SOUTH USA 1181 2331 1150 97%
17 DESCENDANTS 2 LMN 149 292 143 96%
18 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 943 1839 896 95%
19 WYNONNA EARP SYFY 397 772 375 94%
20 SUITS USA 1359 2626 1267 93%
21 STITCHERS FRFM 350 672 322 92%
KILLJOYS SYFY 579 1111 532 92%
23 I’M DYING UP HERE SHO1 126 239 113 90%
24 FAMOUSLY SINGLE ENT 349 660 311 89%
PREACHER AMC 1269 2393 1124 89%

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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