MTV’s annual Video Music Awards were down yet again year-to-year last night, scoring a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and an all-time low 2.25 million viewers, three-tenths lower than the 1.4 they had scored last year, when they had aired on a Sunday night. Both the network’s pre-show and VH1’s simulcast of the awards show grabbed only 0.5s as well.

The VMAs were beaten to the top spot by USA’s weekly “WWE Monday Night Raw,” which tied the awards show with a 1.1 peak rating (up a tenth from what it had scored the week before) but beat it in total viewers with 3.24 million. VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” landed slightly lower in the top 25, with another 1.0.

On AMC, “Better Call Saul” was steady with a 0.4 for the second week in a row, while “Lodge 49” maintained its previous 0.1. Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Orange County” took a minor hit, falling a tenth from a 0.6 to a 0.5.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Monday, August 20, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 9:00 PM 3,241 1.1
2018 VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS MTV 9:00 PM 2,250 1.1
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 10:00 PM 2,936 1.1
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 8:00 PM 3,110 1.0
LOVE & HIP HOP HOLLYWOOD VH1 8:00 PM 1,954 1.0
NFL PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL ESPN 8:00 PM 2,656 0.8
STREET OUTLAWS DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 1,704 0.6
2018 VMA PRESHOW MTV 8:00 PM 1,148 0.5
2018 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS VH1 9:00 PM 1,091 0.5
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,421 0.5
DIESEL BROTHERS DISCOVERY 10:02 PM 1,116 0.5
BETTER CALL SAUL AMC 9:00 PM 1,508 0.4
LOVE IT OR LIST IT HOME 9:00 PM 1,649 0.3
SPORTSCENTER LATE ESPN 11:24 PM 918 0.3
EVIL LIVES HERE INVEST 9:00 PM 1,165 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,237 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,851 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS FAMILY HOME 10:00 PM 1,715 0.3
PAMELA SMART: MURDER MYST INVEST 10:00 PM 1,041 0.3
MONDAY NIGHT COUNTDOWN ESPN 7:00 PM 703 0.3
AMERICAN PICKERS HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,594 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1,799 0.3
KIDS BAKING CHAMP FOOD 9:00 PM 1,212 0.3
COUNTING ON TLC 9:00 PM 1,213 0.2
LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SRS ESPN2 8:06 PM 1,269 0.2

Source: The Nielsen Company

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys, rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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