The NFL Draft and a slew of NBA playoff games dominate the Live +3 rankings on cable for the week of April 23. ESPN’s coverage of the draft’s opening round remains at No. 1 after three days of delayed viewing.

The top entertainment shows are “Jersey Shore Family Vacation,” which grew from a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 to 1.6 after three days of delayed viewing, and “Fear the Walking Dead,” which went from 1.0 to 1.5.

One note: Live +3 numbers for ESPN’s coverage of Round 1 of the draft weren’t available as it started just before the beginning of primetime (7:55 p.m. ET) on April 26. Its same-day ratings, which were good enough to rank No. 1 in Live +3 as well, are noted in the charts below with asterisks.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for April 23-29, 2018

Rank Show Net L+3 18-49 rating Gain vs. Live + SD
% gain vs. Live + SD
1 NFL DRAFT ROUND 1 ESPN 2.1* n/a n/a
2 NBA PLAYOFFS – PELICANS/WARRIORS GM 1 TNT 1.7 0.0 0%
NBA PLAYOFFS – THUNDER/JAZZ GM 4 TNT 1.7 0.0 0%
4 JERSEY SHORE FAMILY VACATION MTV 1.6 0.7 78%
NBA PLAYOFFS – SPURS/WARRIORS GM 5 TNT 1.6 0.0 0%
NBA PLAYOFFS – BUCKS/CELTICS GM 7 TNT 1.6 0.0 0%
7 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC 1.5 0.5 50%
NBA PLAYOFFS – THUNDER/JAZZ GM 6 ESPN 1.5 0.0 0%
NBA PLAYOFFS – HEAT/76ERS GM 5 TNT 1.5 0.0 0%
NBA PLAYOFFS – T-WOLVES/ROCKETS GM 5 TNT 1.5 0.1 7%
11 NBA PLAYOFFS – CAVALIERS/PACERS GM 6 ESPN 1.4 0.0 0%
NBA PLAYOFFS – ROCKETS/T-WOLVES GM 4 TNT 1.4 0.0 0%
LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 1.4 0.4 40%
14 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 9 p.m. USA 1.3 0.2 18%
15 TEEN MOM REUNION – S MTV 1.2 0.5 71%
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 8 p.m. USA 1.2 0.1 9%
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 10 p.m. USA 1.2 0.2 20%
18 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRVO 1.1 0.5 83%
WESTWORLD HBOM 1.1 0.4 57%
20 VANDERPUMP RULES BRVO 1.0 0.4 67%
21 THE LAST O.G. TBSC 0.9 0.4 80%
NBA PLAYOFFS – CELTICS/BUCKS GM 6 TNT 0.9 0.0 0%
WWE SMACKDOWN USA 0.9 0.1 12%
TEYANA & IMAN VH1 0.9 0.1 12%
25 LIVE PD – SAT. AEN 0.8 0.2 33%
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC BRVO 0.8 0.3 60%
SOUTHERN CHARM BRVO 0.8 0.4 100%
DEADLIEST CATCH DISC 0.8 0.2 33%
NFL DRAFT ROUND 1 NFLN 0.8 0.0 0%
BLACK INK CREW VH1 0.8 0.3 60%

 

Top 25 cable shows in Live +3 viewers for April 23-29, 2018

Rank Show Net L+3 viewers (000s) Gain vs. Live + SD (000s)
% gain vs. Live + SD
1 NFL DRAFT ROUND 1 ESPN 5,336* n/a n/a
2 NBA PLAYOFFS – PELICANS/WARRIORS GM 1 TNT 4,669 79 2%
3 NBA PLAYOFFS – BUCKS/CELTICS GM 7 TNT 4,095 9 0%
4 NBA PLAYOFFS – THUNDER/JAZZ GM 4 TNT 3,972 67 2%
5 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC 3,895 1,182 44%
6 NBA PLAYOFFS – SPURS/WARRIORS GM 5 TNT 3,838 44 1%
7 NBA PLAYOFFS – CAVALIERS/PACERS GM 6 ESPN 3,728 19 1%
8 NBA PLAYOFFS – THUNDER/JAZZ GM 6 ESPN 3,690 23 1%
9 NBA PLAYOFFS – HEAT/76ERS GM 5 TNT 3,654 18 0%
10 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 8 p.m. USA 3,591 298 9%
11 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 9 p.m. USA 3,581 363 11%
12 HANNITY – WEDS. FXNC 3,552 44 1%
13 NBA PLAYOFFS – ROCKETS/T-WOLVES GM 4 TNT 3,531 13 0%
14 NBA PLAYOFFS – T-WOLVES/ROCKETS GM 5 TNT 3,471 12 0%
15 HANNITY – MON. FXNC 3,361 77 2%
16 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 10 p.m. USA 3,261 434 15%
17 HANNITY – THURS. FXNC 3,181 51 2%
18 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW – THURS. MSNBC 3,108 141 5%
19 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW – TUES. MSNBC 3,040 91 3%
20 GOOD WITCH HALL 2,982 684 30%
21 HANNITY – TUES. FXNC 2,970 49 2%
22 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRVO 2,907 1,058 57%
23 THE BEACH HOUSE HALL 2,856 525 23%
24 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW – MON. MSNBC 2,829 91 3%
25 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT – WEDS. FXNC 2,825 40 1%

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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