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Sunday Final Nationals: ‘Phelps vs. Shark’ on Discovery Delivers 4-Year Shark Week Program High

CBS was Sunday night’s most-watched network with an average of 4.75 million viewers. The “Game of Thrones”-fueled HBO topped all networks among all key demos from 7-11 p.m. — adults 18-49 (approx. 1.54 rating), adults 18-34 (approx. 1.22 rating) and adults 25-54 (approx. 1.73 rating). Not surprisingly, the season premieres of “Ballers” and “Insecure”, leading out of “Game of Thrones”, each registered their highest to-date ratings for their respective series.

The highly-promoted “Phelps vs. Shark” on Discovery Channel began the network’s 29th annual Shark Week. Drawing 4.78 million viewers, it was the most-watched Shark Week program since the mockumentary “Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives” from Aug. 4, 2013 (4.8 million viewers).

From 7-11 p.m., Discovery was TV’s No. 2 network in all key demos — adults 18-49 (approx. 1.28 rating), adults 18-34 (approx. 0.99 rating) and adults 25-54 (approx. 1.39 rating).

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* AFF = Number of affiliates (stations) airing the program
* CVG = percent of coverage in U.S.
Programming Insider Sunday, July 23, 2017
PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
7-11 Network Average 2.9/6 4719 0.4/2 0.8/3 1.2/4
7:00 America’s Funniest Home Videos (r) 253 91 2.6/5 4327 0.4/2 0.7/3 1.0/4
8:00 Celebrity Family Feud 253 93 3.7/7 6019 0.5/3 1.1/4 1.5/5
9:00 Steve Harvey’s Funderdome 254 93 2.6/5 4256 0.5/2 0.8/3 1.1/3
10:00 The $100,000 Pyramid 254 93 2.7/5 4257 0.4/2 0.8/3 1.1/4
PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
7-11 Network Average 3.0/6 4753 0.6/3 0.9/4 1.1/4
7:00 60 Minutes (r) 254 93 4.8/10 7357 0.4/2 0.7/3 1.1/4
8:00 Big Brother 19 254 93 3.5/7 5981 1.3/7 1.8/7 2.1/7
9:02 Candy Crush 254 93 1.4/3 2281 0.4/2 0.5/2 0.7/2
10:00 NCIS: Los Angeles (r) 254 93 2.1/4 3271 0.3/1 0.4/2 0.7/2
PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
7-11 Network Average 2.6/5 2410 0.5/3 0.8/3 1.3/4
7:00 NASCAR Monster Cup Series Indianapolis (s) 3.7/7 6212 0.7/2 1.1/5 1.8/7
9:02 Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly 244 93 1.8/3 2851 0.2/1 0.5/2 0.7/2
10:02 Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge (s) (thru 12:02 a.m.) 244 93 1.4/3 2189 0.3/2 0.5/2 0.7/3
PROGRAM AFF* CVG*
(PCT)
HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
7-10 Network Average 0.7/1 1098 0.3/2 0.4/2 0.5/2
7:00 Bob’s Burgers (r) 255 93 0.5/1 807 0.2/1 0.3/1 0.3/1
7:30 Bob’s Burgers (r) 255 93 0.5/1 886 0.3/2 0.4/2 0.4/2
8:00 The Simpsons (r) 254 93 0.8/1 1256 0.3/2 0.5/2 0.6/2
8:30 Family Guy (r) 255 93 0.8/2 1367 0.4/2 0.6/2 0.7/2
9:00 American Grit 258 93 0.7/1 1135 0.3/1 0.4/2 0.5/2
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
7-11 Network Average 1.2/2 2382 1.0/4
7:00 Aqui y Ahora (s) 0.7/2 1344 0.4/2
8:00 Fútbol Central (s) 0.7/1 1348 0.5/2
8:30 Univision+UDN CONCACAF Copa Oro 2017 Jamaica vs. México (s) (thru 11:02 p.m.) 1.5/3 3001 1.3/5
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
7-11 Network Average 0.4/1 791 0.3/1
6:00 Cine Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) 0.2/0 379 0.1/1
8:00 Cine The Karate Kid (1984) 0.5/1 922 0.3/1
PROGRAM HH/Share Viewers
(000)
Adults
18-34
Adults
18-49
Adults
25-54
7-11 Network Average (preliminary) 0.4/1 797 0.3/2 0.3/1
7:00 Cine Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) (preliminary) 0.3/1 582 0.2/1 0.2/1
8:00 Cine Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) (preliminary) 0.4/1 805 0.3/2 0.3/1
9:00 Cine Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) (preliminary) 0.4/1 840 0.4/2 0.3/1
10:00 Don Francisco Te Invita (preliminary) 0.6/1 960 0.3/2 0.3/1

Note: All of this date’s Telemundo data are based on preliminary figures.

Sub-Demo Breakdowns – Sunday 7/23/17

Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.6/3
Men 18-34: 0.5/3
Women 18-49: 1.1/5
Men 18-49: 1.0/4

Steve Harvey’s Funderdome” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 0.9/3
Men 18-49: 0.7/3

The $100,000 Pyramid” (ABC)
Women 18-34: 0.4/2
Men 18-34: 0.4/2
Women 18-49: 0.8/3
Men 18-49: 0.7/3

Big Brother 19” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 1.8/9
Men 18-34: 0.9/5
Women 18-49: 2.1/8
Men 18-49: 1.4/6

Candy Crush” (CBS)
Women 18-34: 0.5/2
Men 18-34: 0.3/1
Women 18-49: 0.6/2
Men 18-49: 0.4/1

Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.2/1
Men 18-34: 0.2/1
Women 18-49: 0.5/2
Men 18-49: 0.5/2

Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” (NBC)
Women 18-34: 0.3/2
Men 18-34: 0.2/1
Women 18-49: 0.6/2
Men 18-49: 0.5/2

American Grit” (Fox)
Women 18-34: 0.2/1
Men 18-34: 0.3/2
Women 18-49: 0.4/1
Men 18-49: 0.4/2

Game of Thrones” (HBO)
4.89 household rating
9.270 million viewers
4.33 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 3.27
Men 18-34: 3.75
Women 18-49: 3.80
Men 18-49: 4.87

Ballers” (HBO)
1.40 household rating
2.476 million viewers
1.22 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.85
Men 18-34: 1.13
Women 18-49: 1.01
Men 18-49: 1.44

Insecure” (HBO)
0.71 household rating
1.118 million viewers
0.55 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.42
Men 18-34: 0.43
Women 18-49: 0.55
Men 18-49: 0.55

Power” (Starz)
1.08 household rating
1.789 million viewers
0.82 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.73
Men 18-34: 0.52
Women 18-49: 0.93
Men 18-49: 0.70

The Strain” (FX)
0.58 household rating
0.913 million viewers
0.30 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.20
Men 18-34: 0.20
Women 18-49: 0.23
Men 18-49: 0.36

Claws” (TNT)
0.79 household rating
1.265 million viewers
0.45 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.43
Men 18-34: 0.31
Women 18-49: 0.55
Men 18-49: 0.34

The Nineties” (CNN)
0.53 household rating
0.860 million viewers
0.23 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.17
Men 18-34: 0.18
Women 18-49: 0.22
Men 18-49: 0.24

Great White Serial Killer Lives” (Discovery)
1.36 household rating
2.514 million viewers
0.95 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.78
Men 18-34: 0.65
Women 18-49: 0.92
Men 18-49: 0.98

Phelps vs. Shark: Great Gold vs. Great White” (Discovery)
2.39 household rating
4.782 million viewers
1.88 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 1.55
Men 18-34: 1.35
Women 18-49: 1.85
Men 18-49: 1.91

Shark-Croc Showdown” (Discovery)
1.65 household rating
3.087 million viewers
1.29 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 1.06
Men 18-34: 0.92
Women 18-49: 1.26
Men 18-49: 1.33

Great Hammerhead Invasion” (Discovery)
1.18 household rating
2.150 million viewers
0.91 adults 18-49 rating
Women 18-34: 0.80
Men 18-34: 0.68
Women 18-49: 0.93
Men 18-49: 0.90

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Cable Rankings – Sunday 7/23/17
What follows are the top 100 most-watched shows in prime time on cable (by order of network) for Sunday, July 23:

* Vwrs = Viewers in thousands; V-No = Prime time rank in viewers; D-No = Prime time rank in demo (adults 18-49)
V-No* D-No* Program Net Start Dur Vwrs* A1849
72 89 STORAGE WARS A&E 9:00 PM 30 749 0.17
67 89 STORAGE WARS A&E 9:30 PM 31 773 0.17
71 89 STORAGE WARS A&E 10:01 PM 31 750 0.17
92 50 KING OF THE HILL ADSM 8:00 PM 30 524 0.24
91 50 KING OF THE HILL ADSM 8:30 PM 30 534 0.24
59 26 BOB’S BURGERS ADSM 9:00 PM 30 852 0.38
48 16 AMERICAN DAD ADSM 9:30 PM 30 1003 0.46
35 11 FAMILY GUY ADSM 10:00 PM 30 1126 0.56
27 9 FAMILY GUY ADSM 10:30 PM 30 1271 0.63
81 58 BREAKING BAD MARATHON AMC 6:40 PM 65 651 0.22
88 77 BREAKING BAD MARATHON AMC 7:45 PM 65 591 0.19
74 58 BET MOVIE OF THE WEEK: A MADEA CHRISTMAS BET 8:00 PM 155 692 0.22
45 26 SHAHS OF SUNSET BRAVO 8:00 PM 60 1051 0.38
89 83 SHAHS OF SUNSET BRAVO 10:00 PM 60 581 0.18
97 89 COMEDY CENTRAL MOVIE: ELF CMDY 5:15 PM 130 439 0.17
98 72 COMEDY CENTRAL MOVIE: TALLADEGA NIGHTS CMDY 7:25 PM 155 436 0.20
57 56 THE NINETIES: CAN WE ALL GET ALONG CNN 9:00 PM 60 860 0.23
55 72 HISTORY OF COMEDY: RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES CNN 10:00 PM 60 917 0.20
5 6 GW SERIAL KILLER LIVES DISC 7:00 PM 60 2514 0.95
2 2 PHELPS VS SHARK DISC 8:00 PM 66 4782 1.88
4 4 SHARK-CROC SHOWDOWN DISC 9:06 PM 60 3087 1.29
7 7 GREAT HAMMERHEAD INVASION DISC 10:06 PM 60 2150 0.91
20 34 DESCENDANTS 2 DSNY 6:00 PM 120 1475 0.33
43 67 HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA DSNY 8:00 PM 30 1053 0.21
47 89 K.C. UNDERCOVER DSNY 10:00 PM 30 1025 0.17
42 72 RAVEN’S HOME DSNY 10:30 PM 30 1056 0.20
61 45 BOTCHED E! 9:00 PM 60 818 0.28
96 77 INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP: REAL MADRID / MANCHESTER UNITED (0.30 HH, 0.18 A18-34) ESPN 5:00 PM 131 443 0.19
8 18 MLB SUNDAY NIGHT: ST. LOUIS @ CHICAGO CUBS (1.30 HH, 0.33 A18-34) ESPN 8:00 PM 184 2121 0.45
65 58 DESSERT GAMES FOOD 7:00 PM 60 789 0.22
54 48 GUY’S GROCERY GAMES FOOD 8:00 PM 60 927 0.26
12 23 FOOD NETWORK STAR 13 FOOD 9:00 PM 60 1722 0.40
58 58 BEAT BOBBY FLAY FOOD 10:00 PM 30 858 0.22
76 89 BEAT BOBBY FLAY FOOD 10:30 PM 30 678 0.17
87 56 SUNDAY MOVIE: THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA FRFM 4:45 PM 160 593 0.23
51 31 SUNDAY MOVIE: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991) FRFM 7:25 PM 125 937 0.35
68 36 SUNDAY MOVIE: JUST GO WITH IT FRFM 9:30 PM 150 769 0.32
64 37 CONCACAF GOLD CUP SEMIFINAL: MEXICO / JAMAICA (0.45 HH, 0.25 A18-34) FS1 8:56 PM 127 794 0.31
29 31 FX MOVIE PRIME: KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE FX 7:00 PM 180 1264 0.35
56 40 THE STRAIN FX 10:00 PM 61 913 0.30
15 58 HALLMARK MOVIE: MY CHRISTMAS LOVE HALL 9:00 PM 120 1695 0.22
26 20 HACKSAW RIDGE HBO 6:35 PM 139 1274 0.42
3 3 BREAK HBO 8:54 PM 8 3468 1.57
1 1 GAME OF THRONES HBO 9:02 PM 58 9270 4.33
6 5 BALLERS HBO 10:02 PM 30 2476 1.22
36 12 INSECURE HBO 10:34 PM 32 1118 0.55
34 47 PROPERTY BROTHERS HGTV 7:00 PM 60 1166 0.27
21 37 BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 8:00 PM 30 1454 0.31
19 45 BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 8:30 PM 30 1505 0.28
18 43 CARIBBEAN LIFE HGTV 9:00 PM 30 1536 0.29
13 34 CARIBBEAN LIFE HGTV 9:30 PM 30 1701 0.33
10 29 ISLAND HUNTERS HGTV 10:00 PM 30 1802 0.37
13 24 ISLAND HUNTERS HGTV 10:30 PM 30 1701 0.39
50 89 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 7:00 PM 60 995 0.17
33 83 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 8:00 PM 60 1182 0.18
29 58 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 9:00 PM 63 1264 0.22
43 83 AMERICAN PICKERS HIST 10:08 PM 59 1053 0.18
66 83 AMERICAN MONSTER ID 7:00 PM 60 782 0.18
52 67 AMERICAN MONSTER ID 8:00 PM 60 934 0.21
32 43 AMERICAN MONSTER ID 9:00 PM 60 1228 0.29
24 31 ON THE CASE WITH PAULA ZAHN ID 10:00 PM 60 1403 0.35
49 58 MOVIE- CO PRO PREM: STORY OF A GIRL LIF 8:00 PM 122 998 0.22
82 77 MOVIE- ACQUIRED RPT: DOUBLE MOMMY LIF 10:02 PM 120 648 0.19
100 77 90S: LAST GREAT DECADE NGC 8:00 PM 60 415 0.19
37 67 DUDE PERFECT SHOW NICK 7:00 PM 30 1112 0.21
53 77 THUNDERMANS NICK 7:30 PM 30 932 0.19
39 77 NICKY, RICKY, DICKY & DAWN NICK 8:00 PM 30 1081 0.19
79 72 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:00 PM 30 660 0.20
70 58 FULL HOUSE NAN 9:30 PM 30 760 0.22
73 50 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:00 PM 30 747 0.24
69 50 FULL HOUSE NAN 10:30 PM 30 762 0.24
86 83 SHIMMER AND SHINE NKJR 7:30 PM 30 606 0.18
77 89 PEPPA PIG NKJR 9:00 PM 30 677 0.17
75 89 PEPPA PIG NKJR 9:30 PM 30 688 0.17
83 50 BAR RESCUE SPIKE 10:00 PM 60 613 0.24
11 8 POWER 4 STARZ 9:02 PM 58 1789 0.82
80 50 POWER 4 STARZ 10:02 PM 58 657 0.24
95 89 SYFY MOVIE: GHOST RIDER SYFY 5:30 PM 150 458 0.17
63 49 SYFY MOVIE: SHOOTER SYFY 8:00 PM 180 806 0.25
78 67 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 7:30 PM 30 671 0.21
31 22 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:00 PM 30 1244 0.41
22 16 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 8:30 PM 30 1446 0.46
23 20 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:00 PM 30 1413 0.42
17 15 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 9:30 PM 30 1558 0.47
9 10 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:00 PM 30 1811 0.57
16 13 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS 10:30 PM 30 1563 0.49
93 89 90 DAY FIANCE HEA: MORE TO LOVE TLC 6:00 PM 120 523 0.17
25 14 90 DAY FIANCE: HAPPILY EVER AFTER TLC 8:00 PM 124 1371 0.48
84 58 THE SPOUSE HOUSE TLC 10:04 PM 65 612 0.22
62 26 TNT BIG PICTURE MOVIES: GET HARD TNT 7:00 PM 120 817 0.38
28 18 CLAWS TNT 9:00 PM 60 1265 0.45
85 67 SURFS UP TOON 6:00 PM 109 609 0.21
90 72 TEEN TITANS GO TOON 7:49 PM 11 575 0.20
94 83 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 9:00 PM 30 483 0.18
99 89 IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRU 9:30 PM 30 427 0.17
60 24 COPA ORO 2017 24 UNI SEMIFINAL: MEXICO / JAMAICA (0.40 HH, 0.32 A18-34) UDN 8:30 PM 152 845 0.39
46 40 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 7:00 PM 60 1049 0.30
41 40 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 8:00 PM 60 1079 0.30
38 37 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 9:00 PM 60 1084 0.31
40 30 LAW & ORDER: SVU USA 10:00 PM 60 1080 0.36

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

Written by Douglas Pucci

Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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  1. I didn’t watch Phelps’s but seen a lot of comment on Newsfeed how dumb it was. Mav I can catch a rerun. See what everyone is talking about…