ESPN drew its biggest audience since January with Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals Sunday night.

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ series-clinching win over the Boston Celtics drew 13.31 million viewers and a 4.9 rating among adults 18-49, way ahead of everything else on TV. It was the second-largest audience ever for an NBA game on ESPN, a slight 41,000 viewers behind Game 7 of the East Finals in 2012.

Elsewhere Sunday, “Westworld” fell to a series-low 0.4 in adults 18-49 on HBO. No other cable original got above a 0.4 in the demo.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, May 27, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NBA PLAYOFFS ESPN 8:30 PM 13,305 4.9
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 11:07 PM 4,258 1.8
NBA PREGAME ESPN 7:30 PM 2,345 0.9
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 12:38 AM 1,435 0.6
ROBOT CHICKEN ADULT SWIM 11:30 PM 1,007 0.4
90 DAY FIANCE: HAPPILY EVER AFTER TLC 8:00 PM 1,356 0.4
NAKED AND AFRAID XL DISCOVERY 10:00 PM 1,337 0.4
WESTWORLD HBO 9:02 PM 1,113 0.4
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC BRAVO 8:00 PM 1,014 0.3
KARATE KID NICK 8:00 PM 1,268 0.3
MEXICO LIFE HGTV 10:00 PM 1,524 0.3
BEACH HUNTERS HGTV 9:30 PM 1,564 0.3
BEACH HUNTERS HGTV 9:00 PM 1,436 0.3
JOE PERA TALKS WITH YOU ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 631 0.3
FN STAR: COMEBACK KITCHEN FOOD 9:00 PM 1,061 0.3
MEXICO LIFE HGTV 10:30 PM 1,449 0.3
LAKEFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 8:00 PM 1,293 0.3
SNOOP DOGG PRESENTS THE JOKER’S WILD TBS 10:00 PM 720 0.3
TOTAL BELLAS E! 9:00 PM 505 0.2
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 6:29 PM 651 0.2
JOE PERA TALKS WITH YOU ADULT SWIM 12:15 AM 549 0.2
LAKEFRONT BARGAIN HUNT HGTV 8:30 PM 1,311 0.2
FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX ESPN 9:05 AM 809 0.2
DISAPPEARED ID 9:00 PM 974 0.2
LOST IN TRANSITION TLC 10:05 PM 880 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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