The first round of the NFL Draft didn’t really grow in the ratings after its initial telecast, but its lead was big enough that it’s still No. 1 in the cable Live +3 ratings for the week of April 24.

Round 1 of the draft on ESPN held at a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49 and grew ever so slightly in viewers (adding 25,00 people). Its 18-49 rating is almost a point better than the No. 2 show, “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” (1.9), and its viewer lead is also intact.

“Better Call Saul” made the biggest gains among the Top 25, more than doubling its 18-49 rating (0.5 to 1.4) and total audience (1.53 million to 3.47 million).

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for April 24-30, 2017

Rank Show Net L+3 18-49 rating Gain vs. Live + SD % gain vs. Live + SD
1 NFL DRAFT – THURS. ESPN 2.8 0.0 0%
2 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 1.9 0.4 27%
3 NBA PLAYOFFS – BULLS/CELTICS GM 5 TNT 1.8 0.0 0%
4 NBA PLAYOFFS – THUNDER/ROCKETS GM 5 TNT 1.7 0.0 0%
NBA PLAYOFFS – WARRIORS/BLAZERS GM 4 TNT 1.7 0.0 0%
6 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRVO 1.6 0.5 45%
7 BETTER CALL SAUL AMC 1.4 0.9 180%
NBA PLAYOFFS – JAZZ/CLIPPERS GM 5 TNT 1.4 0.0 0%
9 STREET OUTLAWS DISC 1.3 0.4 44%
BASKETBALL WIVES VH1 1.3 0.3 30%
11 NBA PLAYOFFS – WIZARDS/HAWKS GM 4 TNT 1.2 0.0 0%
NBA PLAYOFFS – SPURS/GRIZZLIES GM 6 TNT 1.2 0.1 9%
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 9 p.m. USA 1.2 0.1 9%
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 10 p.m. USA 1.2 0.2 20%
15 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRVO 1.1 0.4 57%
KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS ENT 1.1 0.5 83%
NBA PLAYOFFS – CLIPPERS/JAZZ GM 6 ESPN 1.1 0.0 0%
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 8 p.m. USA 1.1 0.1 10%
BLACK INK CREW VH1 1.1 0.4 57%
20 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC BRVO 1.0 0.3 43%
TEEN MOM MTV 1.0 0.5 100%
NFL DRAFT – THURS. NFLN 1.0 0.0 0%
T.I. AND TINY VH1 1.0 0.1 11%
24 BATES MOTEL – F AEN 0.9 0.4 80%
INTO THE BADLANDS AMC 0.9 0.4 80%
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC BRVO 0.9 0.4 80%
NAKED AND AFRAID XL DISC 0.9 0.2 29%
DEADLIEST CATCH DISC 0.9 0.2 29%
NFL DRAFT – FRI. ESP2 0.9 0.0 0%
NBA PLAYOFFS – CELTICS/BULLS GM 6 ESPN 0.9 0.0 0%
WWE SMACKDOWN USA 0.9 0.1 12%

 

Top 25 cable shows in Live +3 viewers for April 24-30, 2017

Rank Show Net L+3 viewers (000s) Gain vs. Live + SD (000s) % gain vs. Live + SD
1 NFL DRAFT L ESPN 6,720 25 0%
2 NBA PLAYOFFS – BULLS/CELTICS GM 5 TNT 4,301 16 0%
3 NBA PLAYOFFS – THUNDER/ROCKETS GM 5 TNT 4,170 12 0%
4 NBA PLAYOFFS – WARRIORS/BLAZERS GM 4 TNT 3,976 53 1%
5 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 3,696 771 26%
6 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRVO 3,657 886 32%
7 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 9 p.m. USA 3,485 340 11%
8 BETTER CALL SAUL AMC 3,473 1,948 128%
9 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 8 p.m. USA 3,272 269 9%
10 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT – MON. FXNC 3,249 73 2%
11 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 9 p.m. USA 3,234 349 12%
12 NBA PLAYOFFS – JAZZ/CLIPPERS GM 5 TNT 3,201 14 0%
13 NBA PLAYOFFS – SPURS/GRIZZLIES GM 6 TNT 3,079 28 1%
14 NBA PLAYOFFS – WIZARDS/HAWKS GM 4 TNT 3,034 9 0%
15 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRVO 2,951 983 50%
16 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT – WEDS. FXNC 2,943 43 1%
17 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT – TUES. FXNC 2,902 47 2%
18 NBA PLAYOFFS – CLIPPERS/JAZZ GM 6 ESPN 2,862 21 1%
19 THE FIVE – MON. FXNC 2,859 99 4%
20 DEADLIEST CATCH DISC 2,826 567 25%
21 GOOD WITCH – P HALL 2,758 621 29%
22 THE FIVE – TUES. FXNC 2,749 77 3%
23 WWE SMACKDOWN USA 2,747 251 10%
24 NAKED AND AFRAID XL DISC 2,742 515 23%
25 STREET OUTLAWS DISC 2,719 615 29%

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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