The Discovery Channel kicked off its annual shark week special event by landing all 3 of the top spots of the night in the Sunday cable ratings.

“Shaq Does Shark Week” landed the highest with a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49, while “Ronda Rousey Uncaged” (1.0) and “Bear vs. Shark” (0.9) followed closely behind. While none of the night’s broadcasts quite matched last year’s “Phelps vs. Shark” kick-off event, they still drew in strong numbers for the network.

Elsewhere, Starz’s “Power” ticked down one-tenth from a 0.7 to a 0.6. After taking a similar hit last week, though, TNT’s “Claws” raked in a 0.5 for itself this week, up a tenth from its previous 0.4. Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Potomac” was steady with another 0.4.

HBO’s “Sharp Objects” scored a 0.3 for the second week in a row as well. On FX, “Pose” finished off its first season by maintaining its near season-long 0.3 streak. Outside of the top 25, AMC’s “Preacher” hit a season-high 0.3.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, July 22, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
SHAQ DOES SHARK WEEK DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 3,163 1.2
RONDA ROUSEY UNCAGED DISCOVERY 10:00 PM 2,449 1.0
BEAR VS SHARK DISCOVERY 8:00 PM 2,253 0.9
90 DAY FIANCE: HAPPILY EVER AFTER TLC 8:00 PM 2,086 0.6
POWER 5 STARZ 8:01 PM 1,357 0.6
ROBOT CHICKEN ADULT 11:30 PM 1,051 0.5
90 DAY FIANCE: WHAT NOW TLC 10:05 PM 1,549 0.5
CLAWS TNT 9:00 PM 1,297 0.5
SHARK AFTER DARK LIVE DISCOVERY 11:01 PM 982 0.4
NASCAR CUP SERIES RACE NBC SPORTS 4:30 PM 2,497 0.4
FOOD NETWORK STAR 14 FOOD 9:00 PM 1,373 0.4
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC BRAVO 8:00 PM 974 0.4
AMERICAN MONSTER INVEST 9:00 PM 1,517 0.4
TOTAL BELLAS E! 9:00 PM 610 0.3
BAR RESCUE PARAMOUNT 10:00 PM 822 0.3
MOSTLY 4 MILLENNIALS ADULT 12:00 AM 611 0.3
CARIBBEAN LIFE HOME 9:30 PM 1,719 0.3
ON THE CASE WITH PZ INVEST 10:00 PM 1,373 0.3
BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HOME 8:30 PM 1,760 0.3
MEXICO LIFE HOME 10:30 PM 1,468 0.3
CARIBBEAN LIFE HOME 9:00 PM 1,708 0.3
NASCAR CUP SERIES START NBC SPORTS 4:09 PM 1,945 0.3
POSE FX 9:00 PM 781 0.3
SHARP OBJECTS HBO 9:03 PM 1,033 0.3
BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HOME 8:00PM 1,630 0.3

Source: The Nielsen Company.

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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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