The arrival of “Black Ink Crew” threw the top tier of the Wednesday cable ratings into a bit of disarray this week.

The premiere of the eighth season of the VH1 flagship series brought the show back onto the charts with a 0.6 rating in adults 18-49. While this was a bit lower than the 0.7 its seventh season premiered at, it was still more than enough to keep it ahead of the consistent 0.5 of fellow VH1 series “Basketball Wives.” Paramount’s “Yellowstone,” which is ordinarily king of Wednesday night, was forced back to the third slot even as it held onto its previous 0.5.

Below the top 3, “Black Ink Crew Compton” premiered on VH1, starting its run on the chart with a 0.4. Below it was Bravo’s “Southern Charm” as it remained at 0.4, and FX’s “Snowfall,” which ticked up from its usual 0.3 to 0.4. On History, “Forged in Fire” also rose above its typical 0.3 to 0.4, while “Expedition Unknown” ascended from a 0.2 to the top of the 0.3’s. Recurring 0.3’s, meanwhile, were posted by “Married at First Sight” on Lifetime, “Catfish: The TV Show” on MTV, and “Guy’s Grocery Games” on Food Network.

The 0.3’s did feature some movers and shakers, however. “House Hunters” on HGTV, “Queen Sugar” on OWN, and “The Strongest Man in History” on History Channel all managed to upgrade from 0.2’s to 0.3’s. “Property Brothers” found itself unable to do the same, and continued to lilt at 0.2 alongside “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” on TBS and “The Wonderland Murders” on Investigation Discovery. Both of the latter shows fell from 0.3 to 0.2. “Suits” on the other hand, kept at a steady 0.2 for USA.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
BLACK INK CREW VH1 9:01 PM 1,172 0.6
BASKETBALL WIVES VH1 8:00 PM 1,233 0.5
YELLOWSTONE PARAMOUNT 10:00 PM 2,541 0.5
BLACK INK CREW COMPTON VH1 10:01 PM 936 0.4
SOUTHERN CHARM BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,281 0.4
SNOWFALL FX 10:00 PM 819 0.4
FORGED IN FIRE HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,053 0.4
EXPEDITION UNKNOWN DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 1,276 0.3
MARRIED AT FIRST ST LIFETIME 8:30 PM 1,085 0.3
CATFISH:THE TV SHOW MTV 8:00 PM 562 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,491 0.3
DARK WATERS:MURDER IN DEEP INVESTIGATION 10:00 PM 1,137 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,452 0.3
QUEEN SUGAR OWN 9:00 PM 1,153 0.3
GUYS GROCERY GAMES FOOD 9:00 PM 840 0.3
STRONGEST MAN IN HISTORY HISTORY 10:03 PM 691 0.3
SP PROPERTY BROS HOME 9:00 PM 1,435 0.2
WONDERLAND MURDERS, THE INVESTIGATION 9:00 PM 1,052 0.2
FULL FRONTAL W/ SAM BEE TBS 10:30 PM 766 0.2
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 3,121 0.2
INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS 10:00 PM 2,777 0.2
SUITS USA 9:00 PM 955 0.2
SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER FOX NEWS 6:00 PM 2,478 0.2
STORY, THE FOX NEWS 7:00 PM 2,214 0.2
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,546 0.2

Source: The Nielsen Company

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