HBO’s “Big Little Lies” hit a new series high in the ratings with its season 2 finale Sunday night.

The show’s second season finale posted a 0.5 rating in adults 18-49, up one-tenth from the 0.4 its penultimate episode had scored the week before. The finale episode not only tied the show’s previous season high in the 18-49 demo though, but also scored its largest initial audience ever, after raking in 1.98 million viewers.

Elsewhere, without Wimbledon to compete with, TLC’s “90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After?” returned to the top of the night’s cable ratings, with the first part of its “Tell All” special scoring a 0.9 rating in adults 18-49 – up two-tenths from its previous episode’s 0.7.

The midseason finale of AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead” (0.5) rounded out the night’s top 3 – rebounding two-tenths from its penultimate episode’s series low 0.3 rating.

ESPN’s broadcast of the MLB Sunday Night game between Washington and Atlanta landed lower in the chart with a 0.3 rating and 1.33 million viewers, putting it slightly below the 0.5 and 2.03 million viewers that the Dodgers vs. Red Sox game scored the previous Sunday. TNT’s “Claws” held steady with yet another 0.3.

On National Geographic, the series premiere of “Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted” generated a low 0.2 rating with 797,000 viewers. Outside of the top 25, HBO’s “Euphoria” scored a 0.2 for the sixth week in a row, while AMC’s “NOS4A2” similarly maintained a 0.2.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, July 21, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
90 DAY FIANCE HEA: TELL ALL TLC 8:00 PM 2,753 0.9
BIG LITTLE LIES HBO 9:03 PM 1,981 0.5
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC 9:00 PM 1,599 0.5
NAKED AND AFRAID XL DISCOVERY 8:00 PM 1,824 0.5
NASCAR CUP SERIES RACE: NEW HAMPSHIRE NBC SPORTS 3:23 PM 2,794 0.4
GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE FOOD 9:00 PM 1,122 0.3
SMOTHERED TLC 10:02 PM 1,156 0.3
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC BRAVO 8:00 PM 1,017 0.3
MLB SUNDAY NIGHT – WASHINGTON/ATLANTA ESPN 7:00 PM 1,329 0.3
SP MEXICO LIFE HOME 9:00 PM 1,501 0.3
CLAWS TNT 9:00 PM 892 0.3
IMPACT OF MURDER INVEST 10:00 PM 1,285 0.3
EVIL LIVES HERE INVEST 9:00 PM 1,236 0.3
SP ISLAND LIFE HOME 10:00 PM 1,467 0.3
MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 569 0.3
MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES ADULT SWIM 12:15 AM 551 0.3
NASCAR CUP SERIES START NBC SPORTS 3:02 PM 2,162 0.3
SOUTHERN CHARM NEW ORLEAN BRAVO 9:00 PM 714 0.2
BAR RESCUE PARAMOUNT 10:00 PM 668 0.2
SP BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUN HOME 8:00 PM 1,408 0.2
RIDICULOUSNESS MTV 8:00 PM 533 0.2
NASCAR CUP SERIES POST NBC SPORTS 6:31 PM 1,452 0.2
GORDON RAMSAY: UNCHARTED NAT GEO 10:00 PM 797 0.2
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 10:12 PM 743 0.2
UNEXPECTED: CLIPSHOW TLC 11:02 PM 712 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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