As with Tuesday, both the second round of the Democratic Debates and Shark Week had a major disruptive effect on Wednesday’s cable ratings.
CNN’s coverage of round two of the second debate brought in a 1.9 rating in adults 18-49, marking an improvement over the 1.7 the first round scored on Tuesday. Similarly, the closing and opening proceedings for the debate, which took up the second and third slots of the chart, improved on their predecessors by 0.1 and 0.2, respectively.
CNN’s post-debate analysis also came in one-tenth of a point stronger than it did yesterday, taking the fourth slot. Paramount’s “Yellowstone,” which ordinarily enjoys being no. 1, was pushed all the way back to fifth place despite growing from 0.5 to 0.6 week-to-week.
Leading the pack for Shark Week were both “Extinct or Alive: The Lost Shark” and “Capsized: Blood in the Water” on Discovery, each of which posted a 0.5. “Southern Charm” on Bravo, normally a top three contender, found itself in the ninth slot even though it only fell from 0.5 to 0.4. VH1’s “Basketball Wives” faced a similar problem as it clung to its previous 0.4 but moved from third place to tenth.
On FX, “Snowfall” ran once more amongst the 0.3’s, keeping time with “Married at First Sight” on Lifetime, “Catfish: The TV Show” on MTV, “Property Brothers” on HGTV, and “Guy’s Grocery Games” on Food Network. A few shows did get jostled from their normal order, however. “Forged in Fire” on History slipped from 0.4 to 0.3, while “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” rose from 0.2 to 0.3. Finally, over at MTV, “Are You the One?” upgraded from a 0.2 to a 0.3, with “House Hunters International” on HGTV following suit.
Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Wednesday, July 31, 2019
|Show||Net||Time||Total viewers (000s)||18-49 rating|
|CNN DETROIT DEM DEBATE: NIGHT 2||CNN||8:27 PM||10,722||1.9|
|CNN DETROIT DEM DEB CLOSE||CNN||10:27 PM||9,171||1.7|
|CNN DETROIT DEM DEB OPEN||CNN||8:00 PM||8,167||1.3|
|CNN POST-DEBATE ANALYSIS||CNN||10:47 PM||6,577||1.2|
|CNN POST-DEBATE ANALYSIS||CNN||11:00 PM||3,068||0.6|
|EXTINCT OR ALIVE: LOST||DISCOVERY||8:00 PM||1,473||0.5|
|CAPSIZED: BLOOD IN WATER||DISCOVERY||9:00 PM||1,321||0.5|
|SOUTHERN CHARM||BRAVO||9:00 PM||1,201||0.4|
|BASKETBALL WIVES||VH1||8:00 PM||986||0.4|
|MARRIED AT FIRST ST||LIFETIME||8:30 PM||1,027||0.3|
|EXP UNKNOWN: MEGALODON||DISCOVERY||7:00 PM||1,096||0.3|
|CATFISH:THE TV SHOW||MTV||8:00 PM||546||0.3|
|PROPERTY BROTHERS||HOME||9:00 PM||1,599||0.3|
|FULL FRONTAL W/ SAM BEE||TBS||10:30 PM||772||0.3|
|FORGED IN FIRE||HISTORY||9:00 PM||905||0.3|
|INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE||FOX NEWS||10:00 PM||2,968||0.3|
|MLB WEEKDAY: CHICAGO CUBS/ST LOUIS||ESPN||8:00 PM||1,049||0.3|
|GUYS GROCERY GAMES||FOOD||9:00 PM||727||0.3|
|ARE YOU THE ONE||MTV||9:01 PM||434||0.3|
|HOUSE HUNTERS INTL||HOME||10:30 PM||1,386||0.3|
|CNN POST-DEBATE ANALYSIS||CNN||12:00 AM||1,550||0.3|
|ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT||CNN||7:00 PM||1,426||0.2|
|SP HOUSE HUNTERS||HOME||10:00 PM||1,507||0.2|
Source: The Nielsen Company