The second round of Democratic Presidential Debates dominated the cable ratings for the week of July 29.

CNN’s broadcast of the Night 2 debate took the week’s no. 1 spot in the adults 18-49 demo with a 1.9 rating, while the Night 2 closing segment and the Night 1 debate tied for second place with matching 1.7s. In total, CNN’s special debate coverage helped it to score 10 of the week’s 25 highest-rated broadcasts.

The cable news network’s Night 2 debate broadcast raked in the week’s largest audience as well, with 10.72 million viewers. Elsewhere, the Disney Channel’s “Descendants 3” was the week’s highest-rated and most-watched, non-news broadcast (1.1, 4.59 million viewers).

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for July 29 – August 4, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 DETROIT DEM DEBATE: NIGHT 2 CNN Weds. 8:27 PM 1.9 2,458
2 DETROIT DEM DEB CLOSE CNN Weds. 10:27 PM 1.7 2,150
DETROIT DEM DEBATE: NIGHT 1 CNN Tues. 8:25 PM 1.7 2,112
4 DETROIT DEM DEB CLOSE CNN Tues. 10:25 PM 1.6 1,984
5 DETROIT DEM DEB OPEN CNN Weds. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,664
6 CNN POST-DEBATE ANALYSIS CNN Weds. 10:47 PM 1.2 1,472
7 DESCENDANTS 3 DISNEY Fri. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,408
DETROIT DEM DEB OPEN CNN Tues. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,395
CNN POST-DEBATE ANALYSIS CNN Tues. 10:43 PM 1.1 1,382
10 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,114
11 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.8 960
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 960
13 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.7 934
14 LEGEND OF DEEP BLUE DISCOVERY Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 806
LIVE PD: 226 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 794
90 DAY FIANCE: BEFORE THE 90 DAYS TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.6 742
BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 730
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.6 730
LIVE PD: 227 LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.6 730
YELLOWSTONE PARAMOUNT Weds. 10:00 PM 0.6 717
SHARKS OF THE BADLANDS DISCOVERY Mon. 8:00 PM 0.6 704
CNN POST-DEBATE ANALYSIS CNN Weds. 11:00 PM 0.6 704
23 90 DAY FIANCE: OTHER WAY? TLC Mon. 9:00 PM 0.5 691
FX MOVIE PRIME: SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING FX Sun. 7:00 PM 0.5 691
SERENGETI DISCOVERY Sun. 7:59 PM 0.5 666
SHARKS OF HEADSTONE HELL DISCOVERY Mon. 10:01 PM 0.5 640
AIR JAWS STRIKES BACK DISCOVERY Tues. 10:01 PM 0.5 640
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.5 640
CNN POST-DEBATE ANALYSIS CNN Tues. 11:00 PM 0.5 640
EXTINCT OR ALIVE: LOST DISCOVERY Weds. 8:00 PM 0.5 602
SHARKWRECKED: CRASH LAND DISCOVERY Tues. 8:00 PM 0.5 589
LAWS OF JAWS: DANGEROUS DISCOVERY Tues. 9:00 PM 0.5 576
CAPSIZED: BLOOD IN WATER DISCOVERY Weds. 9:00 PM 0.5 576
DR. PIMPLE POPPER TLC Thurs. 9:00 PM 0.5 576
MLB SUNDAY NIGHT – BOSTON/NY YANKEES ESPN Sun. 8:15 PM 0.5 576

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for July 29 – August 4, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 DETROIT DEM DEBATE: NIGHT 2 CNN Weds. 8:27 PM 10,722
2 DETROIT DEM DEB CLOSE CNN Weds. 10:27 PM 9,171
3 DETROIT DEM DEBATE: NIGHT 1 CNN Tues. 8:25 PM 8,643
4 DETROIT DEM DEB OPEN CNN Weds. 8:00 PM 8,167
5 DETROIT DEM DEB CLOSE CNN Tues. 10:25 PM 8,068
6 CNN POST-DEBATE ANALYSIS CNN Weds. 10:47 PM 6,577
7 DETROIT DEM DEB OPEN CNN Tues. 8:00 PM 6,278
8 CNN POST-DEBATE ANALYSIS CNN Tues. 10:43 PM 5,570
9 DESCENDANTS 3 DISNEY Fri. 8:00 PM 4,594
10 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 4,060
11 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,936
12 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 3,668
13 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 3,467
14 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:00 PM 3,142
15 CNN POST-DEBATE ANALYSIS CNN Weds. 11:00 PM 3,068
16 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Weds. 10:00 PM 2,968
17 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Mon. 10:00 PM 2,911
18 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Tues. 10:00 PM 2,866
19 HANNITY SPECIAL FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 2,799
20 CNN POST-DEBATE ANALYSIS CNN Tues. 11:00 PM 2,738
21 NASCAR CUP SERIES RACE: WATKINS GLEN NBC SPORTS Sun. 3:27 PM 2,722
22 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 2,699
23 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Mon. 5:00 PM 2,680
24 TUCKER CARLSON SPECIAL FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 2,667
25 TUCKER CARLSON SPECIAL FOX NEWS Fri. 8:00 PM 2,637

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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