Live sports broadcasts dominated the night yet again in the Friday cable ratings this week. TNT landed on top with its coverage of the Boston Celtics vs Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Playoff game, which scored a 2.0 rating in adults 18-49. An “Inside the NBA Playoffs” special followed closely behind with a 1.1, while “The Dunk King” scored well also with a 0.6.

On HBO, “Real Time with Bill Maher” ticked up one-tenth from its previous 0.4 to a 0.5. Vh1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” however, dipped from a 0.4 to a 0.3. Meanwhile, NBC Sports’ coverage of the NHL Conference Final game between Pittsburgh and Ottawa also landed near the top with a 0.5. A post-game special grabbed a 0.2 for the network as well.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Friday, May 19, 2017

Show Net Time Total Viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 8:30 PM 5,096 2.0
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 10:57 PM 2,618 1.1
DUNK KING, THE TNT 11:33 PM 1,420 0.6
NHL CONFERENCE FINALS NBC SPORTS 8:00 PM 1,546 0.6
NBA PLAYOFFS PRE GAME TNT 7:00 PM 1,205 0.5
REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER HBO 10:00 PM 1,883 0.5
LIVE PD: POLICE PATROL A&E 9:30 PM 1,026 0.4
LIVE PD: POLICE PATROL A&E 10:36 PM 1,032 0.4
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,667 0.4
LIVE PD: POLICE PATROL A&E 10:05 PM 980 0.3
LIVE PD: POLICE PATROL A&E 9:00 PM 962 0.3
ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 9:00 PM 1,428 0.3
SPCL REPORT: WH IN CRISIS CNN 10:00 PM 1,263 0.3
ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 1,469 0.3
RUPAULS DRAG RACE VH1 8:00 PM 636 0.3
ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT CNN 7:00 PM 1,405 0.3
ANDI MACK DISNEY 8:30 PM 1,483 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 599 0.3
SPORTSCENTER EARLY ESPN 6:00 PM 457 0.2
NHL LIVE POST CONFERENCE FINAL NBC SPORTS 10:46 PM 511 0.2
ALL IN W/ CHRIS HAYES MSNBC 8:00 PM 1,918 0.2
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 2,346 0.2
LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 2,046 0.2
BELLATOR MMA LIVE 179 SPIKE 9:00 PM 607 0.2
PUPPY DOG PALS DISNEY 10:30 AM 1,037 0.2

 

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Alex Welch

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