Despite the absence of “Yellowstone,” there was not much of a power vacuum at the top of the Wednesday cable ratings.
The top slot of the chart was instead filled by VH1’s “Black Ink Crew,” which drew a 0.5 rating in adults 18-49. This was a match with its score from last week, and allowed it to get out ahead of all the night’s other broadcasts. “Basketball Wives” on the same network was its closest contender, drawing a 0.4 compared to last week’s 0.5, while “Snowfall” on FX rounded out the top 3 by holding at 0.4.
Over at MTV, “The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2” dipped a bit in the aftermath of its premiere, falling from 0.5 to 0.4. “Black Ink Crew Compton” had a better night, rising from its usual 0.3 to 0.4 and closing out the evening for VH1. The leader of the 0.3’s was “Married at First Sight” on Lifetime, which declined from 0.4 but lead a spat of recurring 0.3’s including “Guy’s Grocery Games” on Food Network, “Forged in Fire” on History, “Expedition Unknown” on Discovery, and “Property Brothers” on HGTV.
“The Real Housewives of Dallas” debuted a new season on Bravo at 0.3, slightly higher than the 0.2 of its previous season finale. On Investigation Discovery, “The Murder Tapes” held the line at 0.3, as did “Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda” on the same network. “Dog’s Most Wanted” debuted with a 0.3 on WGA, even as “Queen Sugar” maintained a 0.2 at OWN and “Suits” clung to the 0.2 of its retrospective episode last week. Finally, a pair of CNN Town Halls on climate change made it onto the charts with a 0.3 and a 0.2.
Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Wednesday, September 4, 2019
|Show||Net||Time||Total viewers (000s)||18-49 rating|
|BLACK INK CREW||VH1||9:01 PM||978||0.5|
|BASKETBALL WIVES||VH1||8:00 PM||1,074||0.4|
|TENNIS: US OPEN PRIME: MENS/WOMENS QTRFINALS||ESPN||7:00 PM||1,720||0.4|
|CHALLENGE:WAR OF WORLDS 2||MTV||9:00 PM||694||0.4|
|BLACK INK CREW COMPTON||VH1||10:02 PM||690||0.4|
|MARRIED AT FIRST ST||LIFETIME||8:30 PM||1,190||0.3|
|GUYS GROCERY GAMES||FOOD||9:00 PM||906||0.3|
|FORGED IN FIRE||HISTORY||9:00 PM||1,085||0.3|
|HANNITY||FOX NEWS||9:00 PM||3,416||0.3|
|EXPEDITION UNKNOWN||DISCOVERY||9:00 PM||1,569||0.3|
|TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT||FOX NEWS||8:00 PM||3,209||0.3|
|PROPERTY BROTHERS||HOME||9:00 PM||1,534||0.3|
|REAL HOUSEWIVES OF DALLAS||BRAVO||9:00 PM||678||0.3|
|SPORTSCENTER 12AM||ESPN||10:00 PM||887||0.3|
|MURDER TAPES, THE||INVESTIGATION||10:00 PM||1,148||0.3|
|DOGS MOST WANTED||WGA||9:00 PM||943||0.3|
|HOMICIDE HUNTER LT JOE KENDA||INVESTIGATION||9:00 PM||1,447||0.3|
|INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE||FOX NEWS||10:00 PM||2,841||0.3|
|CNN TOWN HALL||CNN||8:44 PM||1,408||0.3|
|CNN TOWN HALL||CNN||9:18 PM||1,525||0.2|
|SPORTSCENTER EARLY||ESPN||6:19 PM||945||0.2|
|HOUSE HUNTERS INTL||HOME||10:30 PM||1,369||0.2|
|QUEEN SUGAR||OWN||9:00 PM||1,054||0.2|
Source: The Nielsen Company