Like in previous weeks, it was the NBA playoffs that landed on top in the Friday cable ratings this week. ESPN’s back-to-back live broadcasts of the Warriors vs Pelicans and Rockets vs Jazz games led with 1.4 and 1.3 ratings in adults 18-49, similar to what the playoff games from the previous Friday night had scored. Meanwhile, the NBC Sports Network’s coverage of the NHL semi-finals also landed fairly high in the ratings, with 0.5 and 0.4s.

Additionally, HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” took a minor hit this time around, falling one-tenth from a 0.4 to a 0.3 with 1.499 million viewers. It was the same story with The Discovery Channel’s “Bering Sea Gold” as well, which dropped a tenth to a 0.2.

Also on the Discovery Channel, “Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail” (0.2) fell three-tenths, and A&E’s “Live PD” maintained its previous 0.6 yet again.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Friday, May 4, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NBA PLAYOFFS ESPN 8:00 PM 4,160 1.4
NBA PLAYOFFS ESPN 10:34 PM 3,472 1.3
SPORTSCENTER 12AM L ESPN 12:55 AM 1,505 0.7
LIVE PD: 115 LIVE PD A&E 9:00 PM 1,769 0.6
NHL SEMI FINALS L NBC SPORTS 7:03 PM 1,522 0.5
NHL SEMI FINALS L NBC SPORTS 10:10 PM 1,067 0.4
REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER HBO 10:00 PM 1,499 0.3
NBA PRE-GAME L ESPN 7:00 PM 777 0.3
DUCKTALES DISNEY 8:00 PM 1,092 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,586 0.3
BERING SEA GOLD DISCOVERY 10:02 PM 1,120 0.2
ANCIENT ALIENS HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,034 0.2
GOLD RUSH: PARKERS TRAIL DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 1,237 0.2
DINERS, DRIVE-INS, AND DIVES FOOD 9:00 PM 935 0.2
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 652 0.2
FIRST TAKE L ESPN 10:00 AM 488 0.2
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,186 0.2
TEEN TITANS GO CARTOON 6:00 PM 792 0.2
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 2,384 0.2
MIGHT MAGISWORDS CARTOON 6:15 AM 504 0.2
SPORTSCENTER EARLY ESPN 6:00 PM 467 0.2
TESLA FILES, THE HISTORY 10:03 PM 938 0.2
HIGHLY QUESTIONABLE ESPN 4:30 PM 439 0.2
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1,171 0.2
LAST WORD W/L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 1,680 0.2

 

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Alex Welch

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