Unlike in recent weeks, it was actually “WWE Monday Night Raw” that landed on top in the adults 18-49 race for the week of July 30 – August 5.

The USA broadcast led the top 25 with a 1.0 rating and around 1.31 million viewers in the demographic, just barely edging out VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” (1.0, 1.27 million) for the week’s top spot. MTV’s “Teen Mom II” landed in the top 5 as well with a 0.8.

Meanwhile, Fox News’ “Hannity” continued to dominate the total viewers race, scoring the top 2 spots of the week with 3.45 and 3.31 million viewers. In fact, cable news shows on both Fox News and MSNBC captured most of the spots in the total viewers chart, along with USA’s weekly “WWE” broadcasts and ESPN’s coverage of the Red Sox vs Yankees MLB game.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for July 30 – August 5, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,306
LOVE & HIP HOP HLLYWD 5 VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,267
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,254
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,229
5 TEEN MOM II SSN8B MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 960
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 960
7 BASKETBALL WIVES 7 VH1 Mon. 9:01 PM 0.7 934
STREET OUTLAWS DISCOVERY Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 934
LIVE PD: 136 LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.7 845
10 LIVE PD: 135 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 819
KEEPING UP KARDASHIANS E! Sun. 9:00 PM 0.6 819
MLB SUNDAY NIGHT L: RED SOX/ YANKEES ESPN Sun. 8:00 PM 0.6 819
DR. PIMPLE POPPER TLC Weds. 10:00 PM 0.6 806
90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE 90: N/A TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.6 794
BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.6 742
POWER 5 STARZ Sun. 8:01 PM 0.6 717
17 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.5 666
FLIP OR FLOP HOME Thurs. 9:00 PM 0.5 653
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC BRAVO Weds. 9:00 PM 0.5 640
DIESEL BROTHERS DISCOVERY Mon. 10:01 PM 0.5 602
FLORIBAMA SHORE SSN2 MTV Mon. 10:01 PM 0.5 589
MIZ & MRS USA Tues. 10:00 PM 0.5 589
BLACK INK CREW CHICAGO 4 VH1 Weds. 8:00 PM 0.5 589
24 CHALLENGE:FINAL RECKONING MTV Tues. 9:00 PM 0.4 563
WALKING DEAD S9 PREVIEW AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 0.4 563

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for July 30 – August 5, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,448
2 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,311
3 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 3,012
4 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,955
5 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 2,914
6 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 2,884
7 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 2,875
8 INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS Weds. 10:00 PM 2,831
9 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 2,815
10 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 2,814
11 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 2,797
12 MLB SUNDAY NIGHT L: RED SOX/ YANKEES ESPN Sun. 8:00 PM 2,746
13 INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,727
14 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,612
15 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 2,562
16 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,515
17 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,492
18 HANNITY SPECIAL FOX NEWS Fri. 9:00 PM 2,485
19 INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS Tues. 10:00 PM 2,441
20 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Fri. 8:00 PM 2,421
21 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 2,401
22 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,385
23 DR. PIMPLE POPPER TLC Weds. 10:00 PM 2,369
24 INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS Mon. 10:00 PM 2,353
25 STORY, THE FOX NEWS Tues. 7:00 PM 2,326

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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