Wednesday was a very light day for original programming on cable — no surprise given it was a holiday. No show got above a 0.4 rating in adults 18-49, and nothing topped 2 million viewers either.

The leader in the 18-49 demographic was the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest on ESPN2, which came in at 0.4. The 8 a.m. hour of “Fox & Friends” and the 9 a.m. hour of “America’s Newsroom” on Fox News topped the total-viewer chart at 1.76 million.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NATHAN’S HOT DOG EATING CONTEST ESPN2 12:00 PM 1,141 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 1,335 0.2
WIMBLEDON ESPN 7:00 AM 880 0.2
GUY’S GROCERY GAMES FOOD 9:00 PM 744 0.2
CORNHOLE ESPN2 1:04 PM 509 0.2
MLB HOLIDAY ESPN 4:00 PM 683 0.2
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HGTV 10:30 PM 1,277 0.2
THOMAS AND FRIENDS NICK 10:00 AM 744 0.2
AMERICA’S NEWSROOM FOX NEWS 9:00 AM 1,759 0.2
MLB HOLIDAY ESPN 7:08 PM 664 0.2
BIG SCREEN MOVIE FREEFORM 7:30 PM 397 0.2
AMERICA’S NEWSROOM FOX NEWS 10:00 AM 1,624 0.2
RACHEL MADDOW SPECIAL MSNBC 9:00 PM 1,540 0.2
TUCKER CARLSON SPECIAL FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 1,230 0.2
STEVEN UNIVERSE CARTOON 7:30 PM 709 0.2
COLONY USA 10:00 PM 755 0.1
FIRST TAKE ESPN2 10:00 AM 337 0.1
STICKER SHOCK DISCOVERY 10:00 PM 452 0.2
SITUATION ROOM SPECIAL CNN 5:00 PM 774 0.1
AMERICA’S NEWSROOM FOX NEWS 11:00 AM 1,548 0.1
SITUATION ROOM SPECIAL CNN 6:00 PM 856 0.1
MLB WEDNESDAY NIGHT ESPN 10:34 PM 419 0.1
EXPEDITION UNKNOWN POP-UPS TRAVEL 9:00 PM 541 0.1
FOX & FRIENDS FOX NEWS 8:00 AM 1,760 0.1
THE FIVE FOX NEWS 5:00 PM 1,506 0.1

Source: The Nielsen Company

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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