USA’s “WWE Monday Night Raw” maintained its place at the top of cable in adults 18-49 for the week of August 20-26, while cable news saw a rare flip in viewership dominance between networks.

Monday night’s “Raw” claimed 3 of the week’s top 4 spots in the 18-49 demo, including no. 1, with a pair of 1.1s and a 1.0. MTV’s annual “Video Music Awards” landed second-highest with a 1.1 of its own, while the series finale of HBO’s “Sharp Objects” landed in the lower half of the top 25 with a 0.5 and around 666,000 viewers in the demo.

In total viewers, though, MSBNC rose above Fox News, as the Tuesday, Thursday, and Wednesday night editions of “Rachel Maddow Show” landed the week’s top 3 spots with 3.89 – 3.57 million viewers. “Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” placed fourth with (3.34 million), followed by Fox News’ “Hannity” (3.26 million) in fifth place.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for August 20-26, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,395
2018 VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,382
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.1 1,344
4 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,331
LOVE & HIP HOP HLLYWD 5 VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,267
6 JERSEY SHORE:FAM VACAY S2 MTV Thurs. 8:59 PM 0.8 1,062
JERSEY SHORE:FAM VACAY S2 MTV Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,062
NFL PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL L: BALTIMORE/INDIANAPOLIS ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,037
WWE SMACKDOWN: WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 986
90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE 90: N/A TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.8 973
11 LIVE PD: 142 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.7 896
LIVE PD: 143 LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.7 858
13 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 0.6 781
STREET OUTLAWS DISCOVERY Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 768
POWER 5 STARZ Sun. 8:02 PM 0.6 755
16 2018 VMA PRESHOW MTV Mon. 8:00 PM 0.5 691
2018 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 0.5 691
CHALLENGE:FINAL RECKONING MTV Tues. 9:00 PM 0.5 678
SHARP OBJECTS HBO Sun. 9:03 PM 0.5 666
BLACK INK CREW CHICAGO 4 VH1 Weds. 8:00 PM 0.5 653
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 0.5 640
MIZ & MRS USA Tues. 10:00 PM 0.5 640
BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.5 640
ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE DISCOVERY Sun. 9:01 PM 0.5 640
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.5 614
KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS E! Sun. 9:00 PM 0.5 614
BASKETBALL WIVES 7 VH1 Sun. 10:00 PM 0.5 614

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for August 20-26, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,893
2 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,674
3 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,568
4 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC Tues. 10:00 PM 3,339
5 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 3,259
6 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 3,241
7 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 3,237
8 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,136
9 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 3,133
10 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,110
11 FIVE, THE FOX NEWS Tues. 5:00 PM 3,031
12 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 2,936
13 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,935
14 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,851
15 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 2,811
16 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,774
17 STORY, THE FOX NEWS Tues. 7:00 PM 2,732
18 ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES MSNBC Tues. 8:00 PM 2,658
19 NFL PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL L: BALTIMORE/INDIANAPOLIS ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 2,656
20 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC Weds. 10:00 PM 2,653
21 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,618
22 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 2,508
23 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,504
24 HARDBALL WITH C. MATTHEWS MSNBC Tues. 7:00 PM 2,478
25 SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER FOX NEWS Tues. 6:00 PM 2,472

All ratings are live + same-day. Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys, rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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