The season 8 premiere of the Discovery Channel’s “Alaskan Bush People” led the Sunday cable ratings, scoring a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49, up two-tenths from its season 7 premiere last year. Following its midseason premiere last week, AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead” took a minor hit, falling one-tenth from a 0.7 to a 0.6 this time around. “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” fell a tenth to a 0.5 as well.

On HBO, “Ballers” (0.4) was predictably down a tenth from the 0.5 of its season premiere, while “Insecure” maintained a 0.3 for the second week in a row. With its penultimate episode, “Sharp Objects” ticked up from its previous 0.3 to a 0.4, as did “Last Week Tonight” (0.4).

Outside of the top 25, AMC’s “Preacher” kept its recent 0.3 streak going, and rose in total viewers from 937,000 the week before to 977,000, hitting another new season high in the measure.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, August 19, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE DISCOVERY 9:01 PM 3,412 0.8
90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE 90 TLC 8:00 PM 2,223 0.8
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC 9:00 PM 1,855 0.6
ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE SPC DISCOVERY 8:00 PM 2,467 0.6
FINDING DORY DISNEY 7:45 PM 1,738 0.5
KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS E! 9:00 PM 1,084 0.5
BASKETBALL WIVES VH1 10:00 PM 916 0.4
MLB SUNDAY NIGHT ESPN 7:00 PM 1,631 0.4
UNEXPECTED TLC 10:05 PM 1,154 0.4
BALLERS HBO 10:01 PM 912 0.4
LAST WEEK TONIGHT HBO 11:01 PM 1,169 0.4
SHARP OBJECTS HBO 9:01 PM 1,253 0.4
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC BRAVO 8:00 PM 1,044 0.4
PAMELA SMART: MURDER MYST INVEST 11:00 PM 1,287 0.4
PAMELA SMART: MURDER MYST INVEST 10:00 PM 1,381 0.4
RIDICULOUSNESS MTV 8:30 PM 740 0.4
ISLAND LIFE HOME 10:00 PM 1,811 0.3
SYFY ORIGINAL MOVIE SYFY 8:00 PM 1,420 0.3
RIDICULOUSNESS MTV 9:01 PM 672 0.3
RIDICULOUSNESS MTV 8:00 PM 686 0.3
WORST COOKS FOOD 9:00 PM 1,127 0.3
AMERICAN MONSTER INVEST 9:00 PM 1,294 0.3
ISLAND LIFE HOME 10:30 PM 1,821 0.3
VENTURE BROTHERS ADULT 12:00 AM 611 0.3
RIDICULOUSNESS MTV 9:31 PM 618 0.3

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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