It was a rare week that “Basketball Wives” ascended to the top of the Wednesday cable ratings.

The VH1 reality series claimed a 0.5 rating in adults 18-49, dropping below the 0.6 it rose to last week. Despite losing viewership, however, it still came out on top of its competition. FX’s “American Horror Story: 1984” found itself in a similarly contradictory situation, falling from 0.6 to 0.5 but rising from third to second place. Finally, an NBA pre-season game on ESPN between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers rounded out the top 3 with its own 0.5.

Further down, “Black Ink Crew” on VH1 was the source of the night’s final 0.5, where it has held steady for weeks. “All Elite Wrestling” on TNT, meanwhile, continued to descend, dropping from 0.5 to 0.4 in its third week. On Comedy Central, “South Park” collapsed from the 0.6 it had previously risen to and returned to 0.4, where it landed beside MTV’s “The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2,” which itself was down from 0.5 to 0.4.

Among the foremost 0.3’s was “Black Ink Crew Compton,” holding its ground at its usual score. The night’s other recurring 0.3 came from Food Network’s “Guy’s Grocery Games,” while “Forged in Fire” on History, “Expedition Unknown” on Discovery, and “House Hunters International” on HGTV all rose from 0.2 to 0.3. Among the less fortunate was “Property Brothers,” which crumbled from 0.3 to 0.2 and ended up in the same tier as the consistent “House Hunters” on HGTV and “The Real Housewives of Dallas” on Bravo.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
BASKETBALL WIVES VH1 8:00 PM 1,208 0.5
AMERICAN HORROR STORY FX 10:00 PM 1,085 0.5
NBA PRE-SEASON: GOLDEN STATE/LA LAKERS ESPN 10:40 PM 1,191 0.5
BLACK INK CREW VH1 9:00 PM 985 0.5
ALL ELITE WRESTLING TNT 8:00 PM 1,014 0.4
SOUTH PARK COMEDY 10:00 PM 777 0.4
CHALLENGE: WAR OF WORLDS 2 MTV 9:00 PM 654 0.4
NBA PRE-SEASON: ATLANTA/NEW YORK ESPN 8:00 PM 881 0.3
BLACK INK CREW COMPTON VH1 10:00 PM 734 0.3
GUYS GROCERY GAMES FOOD 9:00 PM 818 0.3
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 4,068 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,653 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 3,444 0.3
FORGED IN FIRE HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,024 0.3
EXPEDITION UNKNOWN DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 951 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 789 0.3
INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS 10:00 PM 3,127 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1,335 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 1:00 AM 532 0.2
PROPERTY BROTHERS HOME 9:00 PM 1,438 0.2
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,398 0.2
NHL REGULAR SEASON: COLORADO/PITTSBURGH NBC SPORTS 7:03 PM 636 0.2
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF DALLAS BRAVO 9:00 PM 597 0.2
LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 2,896 0.2
CNN TONIGHT CNN 10:00 PM 1,394 0.2

Source: The Nielsen Company

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