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Disney Tops Weekly Cable Ratings

Disney Channel rode its original movie Descendants to a first place primetime ratings finish among cable networks last week, according to Nielsen.

The kids-targeted network averaged 2.2 million viewers during the week of July 27 to Aug. 2 to best TNT, which finished in second with 1.7 million viewers, according to Nielsen.

Fox News took the third slot with 1.6 million viewers, followed by a tie between USA Network and TBS, each with 1.5 million viewers.

HGTV and History (1.4 million viewers); Discovery (1.3 million); and Food Network, Adult  Swim and FX (1 million) rounded out the top most watched networks for the week.

Disney was also the most watched cable network on a 24-hour basis last week, besting fellow kids/young adult-targeted networks Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Adult Swim.

TBS was the top network of choice for adult 18-49 viewers as well as female viewers 18-49 and 25-54 for the week, Nielsen said.

Most Watched Shows During Week of July 27-Aug. 2


7/31   Descendants                                                  Disney Channel           6.5 million

7/28   Rizzoli & Isles                                                 TNT                             4.4 million

7/27   Major Crimes                                                  TNT                             4.3 million

8/2     NASCAR Sprint Cup Race                             NBCSN                        4.2 million

7/31   Bunk’d                                                            Disney                          4.2 million

7/27   WWE Monday Night Raw (10-11:09)             WWE                            3.8 million

7/27   WWE Monday Night Raw (9-11)                    WWE                            3.7 million

7/27   WWE Monday Night Raw (8-9)                      WWE                            3.4 million

8/2     Descendants                                                  Disney                          3.3 million

7/31   Alaskan Bush People: Lost                           Discovery                      3.0 million

7/28   The Haves and The Have Nots                    OWN                              3.0 million

Source: Nielsen