Keeping in line with the past few weeks, ESPN’s coverage of the NBA Playoffs led the night in the Friday cable ratings. Starting with the LA Clippers vs Utah Jazz game, the network raked in the top 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 of the night, while the later game between the Boston Celtics and the Chicago Bulls grabbed a 0.9. The network’s special “NFL Draft” coverage landed near the top as well, with two 0.9s and a 0.6.

On Lifetime, “Bring It!” rose one-tenth from its previous 0.3 to a 0.4, while “RuPaul’s Drag Race” held steady with a 0.3 once again on VH1. NBC Sports’ continual coverage of the NHL Semi-Final games scored the network a 0.3 rating. Meanwhile, ESPN grabbed a number of the other spots throughout the night with special broadcasts of “SportsCenter.”

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Friday, April 28, 2017

Show Net Time Total Viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NBA PLAYOFFS ESPN 10:34 PM 2,836 1.1
NFL DRAFT ESPN 7:00 PM 2,332 0.9
NFL DRAFT ESPN 8:00 PM 2,210 0.9
NBA PLAYOFFS ESPN 8:00 PM 2,218 0.9
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 1:24 AM 1,446 0.7
NFL DRAFT NFL NETWORK 7:00 PM 1,568 0.6
LIVE PD: 35 LIVE PD A&E 9:00 PM 1,282 0.4
REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER HBO 10:00 PM 1,660 0.4
BRING IT! LIFETIME 9:00 PM 952 0.4
SPORTSCENTER 12AM L ESPN 11:45 PM 700 0.4
SPORTSCENTER EARLY ESPN 6:00 PM 714 0.3
RUPAULS DRAG RACE 9 VH1 8:00 PM 674 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 758 0.3
ALVIN SQUEAKQUEL NICKELODEON 7:00 PM 1,501 0.3
FIRST TAKE ESPN 10:00 AM 650 0.3
PAW PATROL NICKELODEON 12:00 PM 1,159 0.3
BLAZE & THE MONSTER MACHINES NICKELODEON 12:30 PM 1,029 0.3
SPORTSCENTER AM ESPN 7:00 AM 577 0.3
SPORTSCENTER AM ESPN 12:00 PM 545 0.3
NHL SEMI-FINALS NBC SPORTS 8:03 PM 748 0.3
ANDI MACK DISNEY 8:30 PM 1,395 0.3
NFL TOTAL ACCESS NFL NETWORK 11:43 PM 622 0.3
SPORTSCENTER AM ESPN 8:00 AM 543 0.3
SPORTSCENTER AM ESPN 9:00 PM 541 0.3
ANCIENT ALIENS HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,175 0.3

 

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Alex Welch

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