ESPN’s coverage of the 2018 Home Run Derby dominated over the rest of the cable broadcasts for the week of July 16-22.

The Home Run Derby not only landed the top spot of the week with a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49, but also led in total viewers with 5.57 million. The Discovery Channel’s special “Shaq Does Shark Week” broadcast – one of several that aired Sunday night as a combined kick-off to this year’s special shark week lineup – scored the second-highest spot in 18-49 with a 1.2.

Despite being dethroned by the Home Run Derby, Fox News’ “Hannity” stayed high in total viewers yet again, with 3.96 million. Monday night’s “Rachel Maddow Show” (3.58) on MSNBC followed closely behind, rounding out the top 3 cable broadcasts in total viewers for the week.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for July 16-22, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 HOME RUN DERBY ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,330
2 SHAQ DOES SHARK WEEK DISCOVERY Sun. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,549
3 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,318
LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA 7 VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,306
MLB: CELEBRITY SOFTBALL ESPN Mon. 10:32 PM 1.0 1,242
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,216
RONDA ROUSEY UNCAGED DISCOVERY Sun. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,216
8 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,152
BEAR VS SHARK DISCOVERY Sun. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,101
10 BASKETBALL WIVES 7 VH1 Mon. 9:01 PM 0.8 1,024
11 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7 947
LIVE PD: 131 LIVE PD A&E NETWORK Fri. 9:00 PM 0.7 870
LIVE PD: 132 LIVE PD A&E NETWORK Sat. 9:00 PM 0.7 845
STREET OUTLAWS DISCOVERY Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 832
15 90 DAY FIANCE: HAPPILY EV: N/A TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.6 819
TEEN MOM II MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 806
SOUTHERN CHARM BRAVO Thurs. 9:00 PM 0.6 755
POWER 5 STARZ Sun. 8:01 PM 0.6 730
19 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.5 691
ROBOT CHICKEN ADULT SWIM Sun. 11:30 PM 0.5 666
HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN Tues. 9:00 PM 0.5 653
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST USA Tues. 10:00 PM 0.5 640
BLACK INK CREW CHICAGO 4 VH1 Weds. 8:00 PM 0.5 640
CHALLENGE:FINAL RECKONING MTV Tues. 9:00 PM 0.5 627
SNOWFALL FX Thurs. 10:00 PM 0.5 614
90 DAY FIANCE: WHAT NOW TLC Sun. 10:05 PM 0.5 614
BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.5 602
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC BRAVO Weds. 9:00 PM 0.5 589
DR. PIMPLE POPPER TLC Weds. 10:04 PM 0.5 589
CLAWS TNT Sun. 9:00 PM 0.5 576

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for July 16-22, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 HOME RUN DERBY ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 5,567
2 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 3,963
3 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,538
4 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 3,219
5 SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER FOX NEWS Mon. 6:00 PM 3,185
6 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,169
7 SHAQ DOES SHARK WEEK DISCOVERY Sun. 9:00 PM 3,163
8 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,141
9 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,136
10 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,118
11 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 3,060
12 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,019
13 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,015
14 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC Mon. 10:00 PM 2,984
15 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,859
16 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 2,848
17 INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS Mon. 10:00 PM 2,829
18 AMERICAS NEWSROOM FOX NEWS Mon. 11:00 AM 2,828
19 LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC Weds. 10:00 PM 2,689
20 INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS Weds. 10:00 PM 2,647
21 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 2,643
22 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 2,622
23 OUTNUMBERED FOX NEWS Mon. 12:00 PM 2,612
24 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,580
25 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,560

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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