With series highs in both adults 18-49 and total viewers, “Game of Thrones” closed out an utterly dominant season on Aug. 27.

The HBO show finished first for the week on cable in both measures (obviously). Its 5.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic was four times higher than the 1.4s for the three second-place shows: “Rick & Morty,” “Ballers” and the Video Music Awards on MTV. In viewers, “GoT’s” 12.07 million more than doubled Fox News’ coverage of the president’s Monday address on Afghanistan.

“Game of Thrones” led all seven weeks of its run by wide margins in the demo and in overall audience.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for Aug. 21-27, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating
18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 GAME OF THRONES HBO Sun. 9:05 PM 5.7 7,316
2 RICK & MORTY ADSM Sun. 11:30 PM 1.4 1,760
BALLERS HBO Sun. 10:26 PM 1.4 1,758
2017 VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS MTV Sun. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,742
5 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,555
NFL PRESEASON – GIANTS/BROWNS ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,545
7 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,473
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.1 1,420
LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,359
10 RICK & MORTY ADSM Sun. 11:00 PM 0.9 1,182
GAME OF THRONES HBO Sun. 7:44 PM 0.9 1,127
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,125
13 FAMILY GUY ADSM Sun. 10:30 PM 0.8 1,067
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 10:00 PM 0.8 1,006
TEEN MOM II MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,004
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Tues. 9:30 PM 0.8 995
17 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Tues. 10:00 PM 0.7 961
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 9:30 PM 0.7 939
FAMILY GUY ADSM Thurs. 11:00 PM 0.7 918
BOB’S BURGERS ADSM Thurs. 10:30 PM 0.7 901
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Tues. 9:00 PM 0.7 899
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Tues. 8:30 PM 0.7 899
FAMILY GUY ADSM Thurs. 11:30 PM 0.7 890
BOB’S BURGERS ADSM Weds. 10:30 PM 0.7 884
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:00 PM 0.7 870
INSECURE HBO Sun. 10:57 PM 0.7 850
90 DAY FIANCE: HAPPILY EVER AFTER TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.7 849
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 9:00 PM 0.7 848
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Thurs. 10:00 PM 0.7 845
BOB’S BURGERS ADSM Tues. 10:30 PM 0.7 843
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:30 PM 0.7 842
THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN Tues. 9:00 PM 0.7 839
FAMILY GUY ADSM Mon. 11:30 PM 0.7 838

 

Top 25 cable shows in viewers for Aug. 21-27, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 GAME OF THRONES HBO Sun. 9:05 PM 12,072
2 PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS FNC Mon. 9:01 PM 5,117
3 HANNITY FNC Tues. 10:00 PM 4,582
4 PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS/ANALYSIS FNC Mon. 9:27 PM 4,443
5 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 3,588
6 NFL PRESEASON – GIANTS/BROWNS ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 3,577
7 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Tues. 11:00 PM 3,548
8 PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS COVERAGE FNC Mon. 8:55 PM 3,468
9 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,422
10 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 3,222
11 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:30 PM 3,129
12 HANNITY FNC Mon. 10:00 PM 3,126
13 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,091
14 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,990
15 BALLERS HBO Sun. 10:26 PM 2,852
16 THE FIVE FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,846
17 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 2,823
18 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,773
19 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 2,713
20 PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,698
21 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 2,689
22 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,661
2017 VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS MTV Sun. 8:00 PM 2,661
24 HANNITY FNC Weds. 10:00 PM 2,558
25 LAST WORD W/LAWRENCE O’DONNELL MSNBC Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,537
LAST WORD W/LAWRENCE O’DONNELL MSNBC Tues. 10:00 PM 2,537

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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