A pair of annual events led the cable ratings for the week of June 17.

This year’s NBA Draft gave ESPN the highest-rated broadcast of the week, with a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49. The BET Awards, meanwhile, came second and third in the 18-49 demo with 1.0 and 0.9 ratings. ESPN’s additional coverage of the NBA Draft, TLC’s “90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After?,” and A&E’s Friday night edition of “Live PD” tied for fourth place with matching 0.8s.

In total viewers, Fox News continued to dominate, as the cable news network claimed the week’s 7 most-watched broadcasts. The Tuesday night edition of “Hannity” led the week with 5.03 million viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for June 17-23, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NBA DRAFT: 2019 NBA DRAFT ESPN Thurs. 7:31 PM 1.2 1,536
2 BET AWARDS SHOW: BET AWARDS 19 BET Sun. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,216
3 BET AWARDS SHOW BET Sun. 11:18 PM 0.9 1,101
4 NBA DRAFT ESPN Thurs. 7:00 PM 0.8 1,050
90 DAY FIANCE: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.8 973
LIVE PD: 217 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.8 960
7 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.7 947
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 909
LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.7 896
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.7 858
LIVE PD: 218 LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.7 845
12 KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS E! Sun. 9:00 PM 0.6 806
BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 781
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.6 730
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.6 717
16 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 0.5 653
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 0.5 614
90 DAY FIANCE: OTHER WAY TLC Mon. 9:00 PM 0.5 602
TEEN MOM MTV Mon. 8:00 PM 0.5 589
YELLOWSTONE – P PARAMOUNT Weds. 10:00 PM 0.5 576
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 0.5 576
22 SOUTHERN CHARM BRAVO Weds. 9:00 PM 0.4 563
BET AWARDS 2019 POST-SHOW BET Sun. 11:49 PM 0.4 563
STREET OUTLAWS DISCOVERY Mon. 9:00 PM 0.4 538
BIG LITTLE LIES HBO Sun. 9:02 PM 0.4 538

Note: 18 other shows also tied for 22nd place with 0.4 ratings.

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for June 17-23, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 5,027
2 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 4,517
3 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,697
4 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 3,222
5 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Tues. 10:00 PM 3,156
6 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,130
7 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 2,956
8 NBA DRAFT: 2019 NBA DRAFT ESPN Thurs. 7:31 PM 2,873
9 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 2,860
10 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,842
11 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Weds. 10:00 PM 2,615
12 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,544
13 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,539
14 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,507
15 NASCAR M.E. CUP RACING: SONOMA FOX SPORTS 1 Sun. 2:54 PM 2,478
16 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,473
17 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Fri. 8:00 PM 2,431
18 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Weds. 5:00 PM 2,429
19 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Tues. 5:00 PM 2,427
BET AWARDS SHOW: BET AWARDS 19 BET Sun. 8:00 PM 2,427
21 HANNITY SPECIAL FOX NEWS Fri. 9:00 PM 2,417
22 YELLOWSTONE – P PARAMOUNT Weds. 10:00 PM 2,411
23 90 DAY FIANCE: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 2,394
24 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Thurs. 5:00 PM 2,388
25 LIVE PD: 217 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 2,367

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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