The season premiere of “Silicon Valley” took a big ratings hit Sunday night, thanks largely to the fact that it doesn’t have “Game of Thrones” as its lead-in this year.

The HBO show drew a 0.4 rating among adults 18-49 and 867,000 viewers for its debut. That’s down a bunch from the 1.0 and 1.86 million viewers for last season’s opener.

“Silicon Valley” did build on its lead-in, “The Leftovers” (0.3, 776,000). A year ago, “Game of Thrones” had a 4.0 and 7.94 million viewers, which goes a long way toward explaining “Silicon Valley’s” smaller audience.

The NBA Playoffs on TNT had the day’s two highest ratings among adults 18-49 (1.7 and 1.6). “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” (1.3) improved week to week, as did “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” (0.7). “Into the Badlands” was steady at 0.5.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, April 23, 2017

Show Net Time Total Viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 6:38 PM 4,283 1.7
NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 9:15 PM 3,960 1.6
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO 8:00 PM 2,945 1.3
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,813 0.8
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 11:48 PM 1,688 0.7
NAKED AND AFRAID XL DISCOVERY 10:00 PM 2,056 0.7
KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS E! 9:00 PM 1,475 0.7
NBA PLAYOFFS PREGAME TNT 6:00 PM 1,477 0.6
NAKED AND AFRAID DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 1,924 0.6
YOUR PRETTY FACE IS GOING TO HELL ADULT SWIM 11:30 PM 1,002 0.5
INTO THE BADLANDS AMC 10:00 PM 1,311 0.5
IRON CHEF GAUNTLET FOOD 9:00 PM 1,333 0.5
LONG ISLAND MEDIUM TLC 8:00 PM 1,839 0.5
SILICON VALLEY HBO 10:02 PM 867 0.4
NHL PLAYOFFS NBCSN 7:00 PM 1,128 0.4
LAST WEEK TONIGHT HBO 11:03 PM 1,193 0.4
ISLAND LIFE HGTV 9:30 PM 1,709 0.4
ISLAND LIFE HGTV 9:00 PM 1,637 0.4
HAWAII LIFE HGTV 10:30 PM 1,740 0.4
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 10:00 AM 781 0.4
MOVIE: NEW YORK PRISON BREAK LIFETIME 8:00 PM 1,464 0.4
HAWAII LIFE HGTV 10:00 PM 1,713 0.4
MLB SUNDAY NIGHT ESPN 8:00 PM 1,372 0.4
LONG LOST FAMILY TLC 9:00 PM 2,013 0.4
RIVER MONSTERS ANIMAL PLANET 9:00 PM 967 0.4

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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