The opening weekend of the NBA Playoffs put up solid numbers for TNT and ESPN, giving the two channels several spots in the Top 25 ratings for the week.

TNT’s telecast of the Rockets-Thunder opening game on Sunday was the leader in both total viewers (5.16 million) and adults 18-49 (2.2 rating). Its earlier game between the Bulls and Celtics was right behind with 5.14 million viewers and a 2.1.

Playoff games and related coverage occupied eight spots in the Top 25 among adults 18-49 and four in the viewer rankings.

Top 25 cable shows in adults 18-49 for April 10-16, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 NBA PLAYOFFS – THUNDER/ROCKETS GM 1 TNT Sun. 9:17 PM 2.2 2,826
2 NBA PLAYOFFS – BULLS/CELTICS GM 1 TNT Sun. 6:40 PM 2.1 2,719
3 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.5 1,949
4 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.3 1,680
5 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,593
NBA PLAYOFFS – GRIZZLIES/SPURS GM 1 ESPN Sat. 8:03 PM 1.2 1,546
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.2 1,528
NBA PLAYOFFS – JAZZ/CLIPPERS GM 1 ESPN Sat. 10:39 PM 1.2 1,523
9 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,432
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,352
11 NBA PLAYOFFS – HAWKS/WIZARDS GM 1 TNT Sun. 1:09 PM 1.0 1,337
NBA PLAYOFFS – BUCKS/RAPTORS GM 1 ESPN Sat. 5:30 PM 1.0 1,294
13 STREET OUTLAWS DISC Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,210
HIP HOP SQUARES VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,188
SUICIDE SQUAD HBO Sat. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,186
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 9:30 PM 0.9 1,115
17 HIP HOP SQUARES VH1 Mon. 9:30 PM 0.8 1,020
BASEBALL TONIGHT ESPN Mon. 9:10 PM 0.8 1,019
NBA PREGAME TNT Sun. 6:00 PM 0.8 1,012
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Sun. 11:43 PM 0.8 1,008
FAMILY GUY ADSM Sun. 11:00 PM 0.8 992
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 10:00 PM 0.8 976
FAMILY GUY ADSM Thurs. 11:30 PM 0.8 971
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:30 PM 0.8 969
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 9:00 PM 0.8 965

 

Top 25 cable shows in viewers for April 10-16, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 NBA PLAYOFFS – THUNDER/ROCKETS GM 1 TNT Sun. 9:17 PM 5,161
2 NBA PLAYOFFS – BULLS/CELTICS GM 1 TNT Sun. 6:40 PM 5,138
3 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 3,734
4 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 3,606
5 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 3,606
6 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,438
7 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 3,261
8 NBA PLAYOFFS – GRIZZLIES/SPURS GM 1 ESPN Sat. 8:03 PM 3,156
9 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,112
10 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 3,108
11 NBA PLAYOFFS – JAZZ/CLIPPERS GM 1 ESPN Sat. 10:39 PM 2,910
LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 2,910
13 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,895
14 MAJOR CRIMES TNT Weds. 9:00 PM 2,887
15 THE FIVE FNC Thurs. 5:00 PM 2,860
16 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Thurs. 6:00 PM 2,823
17 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 2,819
18 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 2,796
19 THE FIVE FNC Mon. 5:00 PM 2,778
20 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,754
21 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,678
22 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Tues. 6:00 PM 2,670
23 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Mon. 6:00 PM 2,657
24 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,649
25 THE FIVE FNC Tues. 5:00 PM 2,637

All ratings are live + same-day. 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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