“Game of Thrones” dominated the cable ratings for the week of July 17, but it had some eclectic company in the top 25.

Episode 2 of “Game of Thrones” was far and away the No. 1 cable show of the week in both adults 18-49 (4.3 rating) and viewers (9.27 million). The first night of Shark Week performed well for Discovery, with four shows getting top 25 spots in the 18-49 demographic and three among the most-watched overall. In both cases, “Phelps vs. Shark” (1.9, 4.87 million) led the way.

Disney Channel’s premiere of “Descedants 2” also scored well, finishing second for the week in viewers with 5.26 million and tying for fifth in adults 18-49 (with HBO’s “Ballers” premiere) at 1.2.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for July 17-23, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 GAME OF THRONES HBO Sun. 9:02 PM 4.3 5,556
2 PHELPS VS SHARK DISC Sun. 8:00 PM 1.9 2,411
3 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,765
4 SHARK-CROC SHOWDOWN DISC Sun. 9:06 PM 1.3 1,661
5 BALLERS – P HBO Sun. 10:02 PM 1.2 1,570
DESCENDANTS 2 DISNEY Fri. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,534
7 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,420
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.1 1,391
BASKETBALL WIVES VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,348
10 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,331
GREAT WHITE SERIAL KILLER LIVES DISC Sun. 7:00 PM 1.0 1,221
12 GREAT HAMMERHEAD INVASION DISC Sun. 10:06 PM 0.9 1,173
13 TEEN MOM II MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,082
POWER STARZ Sun. 9:02 PM 0.8 1,049
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,042
RAVEN’S HOME – P DISNEY Fri. 10:03 PM 0.8 1,035
FAMILY GUY ADSM Tues. 11:00 PM 0.8 987
ANDI MACK SEASON 2 SNEAK DISNEY Fri. 7:54 PM 0.8 982
FAMILY GUY ADSM Mon. 11:30 PM 0.8 967
20 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM Tues. 10:30 PM 0.7 939
FAMILY GUY ADSM Thurs. 11:00 PM 0.7 935
FAMILY GUY ADSM Thurs. 11:30 PM 0.7 908
FAMILY GUY ADSM Mon. 11:00 PM 0.7 906
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Tues. 9:30 PM 0.7 900
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:30 PM 0.7 896

Note: 9 other shows also had 0.7 ratings, but with fewer viewers in the 18-49 demographic than those above.

Top 25 cable shows in viewers for July 17-23, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 GAME OF THRONES HBO Sun. 9:02 PM 9,270
2 DESCENDANTS 2 DISNEY Fri. 8:00 PM 5,326
3 PHELPS VS SHARK DISC Sun. 8:00 PM 4,782
4 RAVEN’S HOME – P DISNEY Fri. 10:03 PM 3,503
5 ANDI MACK SEASON 2 SNEAK DISNEY Fri. 7:54 PM 3,446
6 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 3,243
7 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,145
8 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 3,088
9 SHARK-CROC SHOWDOWN DISC Sun. 9:06 PM 3,087
10 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,004
11 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,974
12 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,938
13 DESCENDANTS 2 AFTER PARTY DISNEY Fri. 10:34 PM 2,853
14 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 2,740
15 LAST WORD W/LAWRENCE O’DONNELL MSNBC Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,719
16 ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE DISC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,638
17 LAST WORD W/LAWRENCE O’DONNELL MSNBC Weds. 10:00 PM 2,629
THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,629
19 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,609
20 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 2,552
21 GREAT WHITE SERIAL KILLER LIVES DISC Sun. 7:00 PM 2,514
22 BALLERS – P HBO Sun. 10:02 PM 2,476
23 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 2,449
24 THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN Tues. 9:00 PM 2,433
25 HANNITY FNC Mon. 10:00 PM 2,391

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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