The six NBA playoff games that aired on cable the week of May 15 had such a big ratings lead after their initial airing that nothing really got close to their numbers after a few days of DVR viewing.

All six games scored at least a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 5.15 million viewers. Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals between Boston and Cleveland is No. 1 in both measures at 2.9 and 7.07 million viewers.

“Better Call Saul” made the biggest gains of any show, growing from 0.6 to 1.5 in the 18-49 demo and from 1.72 million to 3.72 million viewers.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for May 15-21, 2017

Rank Show Net L+3 18-49 rating Gain vs. Live + SD % gain vs. Live + SD
1 NBA EAST FINALS – CELTICS/CAVALIERS GM 3 TNT 2.9 0.0 0%
2 NBA PLAYOFFS – WIZARDS/CELTICS GM 7 TNT 2.7 0.0 0%
NBA EAST FINALS – CAVALIERS/CELTICS GM 1 TNT 2.7 0.0 0%
4 NBA WEST FINALS – SPURS/WARRIORS GM 2 ESPN 2.2 0.0 0%
NBA WEST FINALS – WARRIORS/SPURS GM 3 ESPN 2.2 0.1 5%
6 NBA EAST FINALS – CAVALIERS/CELTICS GM 2 TNT 2.0 0.0 0%
7 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 1.6 0.4 33%
8 BETTER CALL SAUL AMC 1.5 0.9 150%
9 STREET OUTLAWS DISC 1.2 0.3 33%
TEEN MOM MTV 1.2 0.6 100%
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 8 p.m. USA 1.2 0.2 20%
BASKETBALL WIVES VH1 1.2 0.3 33%
13 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 10 p.m. USA 1.1 0.1 10%
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 9 p.m. USA 1.1 0.2 22%
15 KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS ENT 1.0 0.4 67%
16 NAKED AND AFRAID XL DISC 0.9 0.2 29%
T.I. AND TINY – 10:30 p.m. VH1 0.9 0.2 29%
T.I. AND TINY – 10 p.m. VH1 0.9 0.1 12%
19 INTO THE BADLANDS – F AMC 0.8 0.3 60%
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC BRVO 0.8 0.3 60%
SOUTHERN CHARM BRVO 0.8 0.3 60%
DEADLIEST CATCH DISC 0.8 0.3 60%
NAKED AND AFRAID DISC 0.8 0.2 33%
WWE SMACKDOWN USA 0.8 0.1 14%
25 BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN BRVO 0.7 0.3 75%
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC BRVO 0.7 0.3 75%
IRON CHEF GAUNTLET FOOD 0.7 0.2 40%
REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER HBOM 0.7 0.2 40%
SILICON VALLEY HBOM 0.7 0.3 75%
FORGED IN FIRE HIST 0.7 0.2 40%
NHL EAST FINALS – SENATORS/PENGUINS GM 2 NBCS 0.7 0.0 0%

 

Top 25 cable shows in Live +3 viewers for May 15-21, 2017

Rank Show Net L+3 viewers (000s) Gain vs. Live + SD (000s) % gain vs. Live + SD
1 NBA EAST FINALS – CELTICS/CAVALIERS GM 3 TNT 7,066 47 1%
2 NBA PLAYOFFS – WIZARDS/CELTICS GM 7 TNT 6,856 35 1%
3 NBA EAST FINALS – CAVALIERS/CELTICS GM 1 TNT 6,481 36 1%
4 NBA WEST FINALS – WARRIORS/SPURS GM 3 ESPN 6,445 99 2%
5 NBA WEST FINALS – SPURS/WARRIORS GM 2 ESPN 5,835 49 1%
6 NBA EAST FINALS – CAVALIERS/CELTICS GM 2 TNT 5,150 37 1%
7 BETTER CALL SAUL AMC 3,724 2,008 117%
8 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 8 p.m. USA 3,256 369 13%
9 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW – MON. MNBC 3,220 78 2%
10 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW – TUES. MNBC 3,085 63 2%
11 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 9 p.m. USA 3,067 340 12%
12 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 3,047 752 33%
13 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW – THURS. MNBC 3,033 91 3%
14 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 10 p.m. USA 3,012 364 14%
15 NASCAR MONSTER ENERGY CUP – ALL-STAR RACE FS1 2,991 120 4%
16 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW – WEDS. MNBC 2,945 68 2%
17 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW – FRI. MNBC 2,831 162 6%
18 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT – WEDS. FXNC 2,804 55 2%
19 NAKED AND AFRAID XL DISC 2,763 558 25%
20 DEADLIEST CATCH DISC 2,751 716 35%
21 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT – MON. FXNC 2,750 71 3%
22 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT – THURS. FXNC 2,713 54 2%
23 REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER HBOM 2,703 819 43%
24 STREET OUTLAWS DISC 2,686 575 27%
25 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT – TUES. FXNC 2,671 52 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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