The NBA Playoffs didn’t rate as high Saturday as they did the previous week, but they still dominated the day’s cable ratings.

The top NBA game (Jazz-Thunder on ESPN) scored 3.39 million viewers and a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49, off from 4.02 million and 1.6 for the previous week’s most-watched Saturday contest. NBA coverage on ESPN and TNT snagged the top 4 spots for the day.

“Live PD” (0.6) and “Dragon Ball Super” (0.5) each held steady week to week. “Dragon Ball Z Kai” rose a tenth of a point to 0.4.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, April 21, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NBA PLAYOFFS ESPN 10:05 PM 3,394 1.4
NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 5:15 PM 2,984 1.1
NBA PLAYOFFS ESPN 7:36 PM 2,808 1.1
NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 2:30 PM 2,413 0.9
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 12:37 AM 1,573 0.7
LIVE PD: 112 A&E 9:00 PM 1,858 0.6
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES HBO 8:00 PM 1,663 0.5
DRAGON BALL SUPER ADULT SWIM 10:30 PM 953 0.5
UFC FIGHT NIGHT FS1 10:00 PM 956 0.4
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 2:00 AM 884 0.4
DRAGON BALL Z KAI/FINAL ADULT SWIM 11:00 PM 790 0.4
TRADING SPACES TLC 8:00 PM 1,269 0.3
CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING SHOWTIME 10:21 PM 782 0.3
THE KILLER BESIDE ME ID 10:00 PM 1,175 0.3
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 12:00 PM 652 0.3
CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING SHOWTIME 11:15 PM 664 0.3
BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT RENO HGTV 10:00 PM 1,446 0.3
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 10:00 AM 613 0.3
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 11:00 AM 587 0.2
JOJO’S ADV STARDUST CRU ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 512 0.2
MAN V. FOOD TRAVEL 8:00 PM 748 0.2
THE KTICHEN AT FN FOOD 11:00 AM 1,216 0.2
NBA PREGAME TNT 2:00 PM 732 0.2
MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM: IBO ADULT SWIM 12:30 AM 472 0.2
PIONEER WOMAN FOOD 10:00 AM 1,162 0.2

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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