You already know that the Season 7 premiere of “Game of Thrones” was the biggest episode in the show’s history. It obviously was the No. 1 show on cable for the week of July 10. Here, however, is just how far ahead of the competition it was.

  • In adults 18-49, the “GoT” premiere’s 4.7 rating beat the No. 2 show — ESPN’s coverage of the Home Run Derby (2.6), which any other week so far this summer would easily have been No. 1 — by an 81 percent margin.
  • The premiere’s 6.05 million adults 18-49 viewers by themselves would have made the week’s third-largest cable audience.
  •   A repeat of the Season 6 finale prior to the premiere earned a 1.4, beating every other regular program for the week, and replay of the Season 7 debut tied for seventh in the 18-49 demographic at 1.1.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for July 10-16, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 GAME OF THRONES – P HBO Sun. 9:03 PM 4.7 6,048
2 HOME RUN DERBY ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 2.6 3,376
3 GAME OF THRONES HBO Sun. 7:46 PM 1.4 1,805
MLB: CELEBRITY SOFTBALL ESPN Mon. 10:26 PM 1.4 1,733
5 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,707
6 HOME RUN DERBY PRELUDE ESPN Mon. 7:54 PM 1.2 1,581
7 BASKETBALL WIVES VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,379
GAME OF THRONES HBO Sun. 10:05 PM 1.1 1,355
9 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,283
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,249
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,220
12 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 9:30 PM 0.8 1,057
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 10:00 PM 0.8 1,041
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Thurs. 10:00 PM 0.8 990
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 978
16 FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:00 PM 0.7 961
POWER STARZ Sun. 9:01 PM 0.7 944
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Thurs. 10:30 PM 0.7 936
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 9:00 PM 0.7 907
FAMILY GUY ADSM Sun. 11:00 PM 0.7 905
BOB’S BURGERS ADSM Weds. 10:30 PM 0.7 898
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:30 PM 0.7 892
FAMILY GUY ADSM Mon. 11:30 PM 0.7 885
FAMILY GUY ADSM Sun. 10:00 PM 0.7 880
GAME OF THRONES HBO Sun. 6:47 PM 0.7 875
FAMILY GUY ADSM Tues. 11:30 PM 0.7 875
FAMILY GUY ADSM Mon. 11:00 PM 0.7 875
LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.7 871
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Thurs. 9:30 PM 0.7 870
FAMILY GUY ADSM Thurs. 11:00 PM 0.7 859
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Tues. 9:30 PM 0.7 856
FAMILY GUY ADSM Thurs. 11:30 PM 0.7 851

 

Top 25 cable shows in viewers for July 10-16, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 GAME OF THRONES – P HBO Sun. 9:03 PM 10,105
2 HOME RUN DERBY ESPN Mon. 8:15 PM 8,176
3 HOME RUN DERBY PRELUDE ESPN Mon. 7:54 PM 4,136
4 MLB: CELEBRITY SOFTBALL ESPN Mon. 10:26 PM 3,580
5 GAME OF THRONES HBO Sun. 7:46 PM 3,366
6 NASCAR CUP SERIES – NEW HAMPSHIRE NBCSN Sun. 3:25 PM 3,210
7 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 3,080
8 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,054
9 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 2,910
10 HANNITY FNC Tues. 10:00 PM 2,887
11 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,857
12 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,821
13 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,784
14 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 2,720
15 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,693
16 HANNITY FNC Mon. 10:00 PM 2,582
17 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,518
18 LAST WORD W/LAWRENCE O’DONNELL MSNBC Weds. 10:00 PM 2,500
19 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 2,494
20 HANNITY FNC Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,484
21 HANNITY FNC Weds. 10:00 PM 2,479
22 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 2,468
23 NASCAR CUP SERIES START NBCSN Sun. 3:00 PM 2,462
24 MLB SUNDAY NIGHT – YANKEES/RED SOX ESPN Sun. 8:00 PM 2,456
25 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 2,448

All ratings are live + same-day. 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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