Saturday’s cable ratings were dominated by sports, with four of the Top 5 and seven of the Top 10 original programs among adults 18-49 being live events or other coverage.

Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs led the way with a a 2.1 in the 18-49 demographic and 6.33 million viewers. A NASCAR race on FS1 (0.6) and HBO’s World Championship Boxing (0.4) also finished in the Top 10, along with two editions of “SportsCenter,” ESPN’s NBA pregame show and a NASCAR studio show on FS1.

The non-sports entries in the Top 10 all came from Adult Swim — “Samurai Jack” (0.7), “Dragon Ball Z Kai” (0.5) and “Attack on Titan” (0.4).

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, May 20, 2017

Show Net Time Total Viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NBA PLAYOFFS ESPN 8:59 PM 6,332 2.1
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 11:33 PM 2,120 0.9
SAMURAI JACK ADULT SWIM 11:00 PM 1,458 0.7
NASCAR M.E. CUP RACING FS1 8:05 PM 2,868 0.6
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 1:01 AM 1,040 0.5
DRAGON BALL Z KAI/FINAL ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 1,026 0.5
NBA PREGAME ESPN 8:00 PM 1,431 0.5
NASCAR RACEDAY FS1 7:30 PM 2,103 0.4
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: CRAWFORD/DIAZ HBO 11:01 PM 961 0.4
ATTACK ON TITAN ADULT SWIM 12:30 AM 833 0.4
DRAGON BALL SUPER ADULT SWIM 8:00 PM 880 0.3
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 2:00 AM 692 0.3
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING HBO 11:40 PM 767 0.3
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING HBO 10:31 PM 760 0.3
TOKYO GHOUL ADULT SWIM 1:00 AM 649 0.3
THE WIZARD OF LIES HBO 8:00 PM 1,501 0.3
LAKEFRONT BARGAIN HUNT RENO HGTV 10:00 PM 1,346 0.3
LAKEFRONT BARGAIN HUNT RENO HGTV 9:00 PM 1,218 0.3
LIVE PD: POLICE PATROL A&E 10:32 PM 912 0.3
NASCAR M.E. CUP RACING FS1 5:55 PM 1,711 0.3
LIVE PD: POLICE PATROL A&E 9:00 PM 810 0.3
RESTORING GLORY HGTV 1:00 PM 1,240 0.3
GAME SHAKERS NICK 8:00 PM 1,398 0.3
LIVE PD: POLICE PATROL A&E 9:30 PM 895 0.3
PIONEER WOMAN FOOD 10:00 AM 1,123 0.3

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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