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What Are the Top Scripted Series on Cable? One Network Is Dominating the Rankings

Jul 22, 2016  •  Post A Comment

Figures just out ranking the most-viewed scripted series on basic cable and pay cable for the week of July 11 show that TNT is dominating the top of the rankings. In total viewers, TNT has the top three shows, led by “Major Crimes” at No. 1 with 6.161 million viewers, followed closely by “Rizzoli & Isles” at No. 2 with 6.153 million.

The rankings are based on Nielsen Live+3 data.

TNT’s “The Last Ship” is ranked third, but well behind the channel’s two top shows. “The Last Ship” comes in with 3.644 million viewers, just ahead of OWN’s “The Haves and the Have Nots” at No. 4 with 3.415 million.

OWN is having a pretty good run, with “Greenleaf” also making the Top 10 (No. 8; 2.695 million total viewers).

TNT has a total of four shows in the Top 10, with “Murder in the First” coming in at No. 10 with 2.323 million viewers.

The rest of the Top 10 in total viewers consists of USA’s “Suits” (No. 5, 3.068 million); Starz’s “Power” (No. 6, 3.027 million); AMC’s “Preacher” (No. 7, 2.882 million); and AMC’s “Hell on Wheels” (No. 9, 2.405 million).

The picture in the advertiser-friendly 18-49 demo is quite different, with pay-cable shows claiming the two top spots. The Starz drama “Power” tops the chart with 1.830 million demo viewers, followed by HBO’s “Ballers” at No. 2 with 1.465 million. AMC’s “Preacher” is No. 3 in the demo with 1.432 million, followed by TNT’s top demo show “Rizzoli & Isles” at No. 4 with 1.310 million.

The rest of the week’s Top 10 in the 18-49 demo are OWN’s “The Haves and the Have Nots” (No. 5, 1.280 million); Freeform’s “Pretty Little Liars” (No. 6, 1.257 million); USA’s “Mr. Robot” (No. 7, 1.208 million); TNT’s “Major Crimes” (No. 8, 1.135 million); USA’s “Suits” (No. 9, 1.127 million); and OWN’s “Greenleaf” (No. 10, 1.049 million).

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  1. Funny, don’t see Animal Kingdom (Reilly’s new path) ANYWHERE on here; yet the shows he is trying to run from are numbers one and two. In demo, are 4 & 8. What gives cuz I sure don’t get how he can say the show is doing splendidly?

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