The NFL is usually at the top of the TV ratings in the fall. It also snagged the No. 1 spot in the last week of April.

ESPN’s coverage of the first round of the draft delivered a 2.8 rating among adults 18-49, the best of the week on cable or broadcast TV. (It was 0.2 better than broadcast leader “The Big Bang Theory.”) The NFL Network’s coverage of round 1 drew a 1.0, and the two combined for about 9.23 million viewers.

The NBA Playoffs on TNT and ESPN occupied much of the rest of the Top 25, with eight spots in the Top 25 among adults 18-49 and seven slots in viewers.

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

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 NFL DRAFT ESPN Thurs. 7:59 PM 2.8 3,579
2 NBA PLAYOFFS – BULLS/CELTICS GM 5 TNT Weds. 8:43 PM 1.8 2,269
3 NBA PLAYOFFS – THUNDER/ROCKETS GM 5 TNT Tues. 8:09 PM 1.7 2,177
NBA PLAYOFFS – WARRIORS/BLAZERS GM 4 TNT Mon. 10:45 PM 1.7 2,131
5 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.5 1,890
6 NBA PLAYOFFS – JAZZ/CLIPPERS GM 5 TNT Tues. 10:53 PM 1.4 1,758
7 NBA PLAYOFFS – WIZARDS/HAWKS GM 4 TNT Mon. 8:09 PM 1.2 1,585
8 NBA PLAYOFFS – SPURS/GRIZZLIES GM 6 TNT Thurs. 9:56 PM 1.1 1,474
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,456
NBA PLAYOFFS – CLIPPERS/JAZZ GM 6 ESPN Fri. 10:34 PM 1.1 1,435
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,348
12 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,337
BASKETBALL WIVES VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,336
NFL DRAFT NFLN Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,330
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,292
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Weds. 11:13 PM 1.0 1,262
17 NFL DRAFT ESPN Fri. 7:00 PM 0.9 1,212
STREET OUTLAWS DISC Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,212
NFL DRAFT ESPN2 Fri. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,155
NBA PLAYOFFS – CELTICS/BULLS GM 6 ESPN Fri. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,127
T.I. AND TINY VH1 Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,124
22 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Thurs. 11:49 PM 0.8 1,070
FAMILY GUY ADSM Tues. 11:30 PM 0.8 1,050
FAMILY GUY ADSM Sun. 11:00 PM 0.8 1,021
FAMILY GUY ADSM Tues. 11:00 PM 0.8 981
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 967

 

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

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 NFL DRAFT ESPN Thurs. 7:59 PM 6,695
2 NBA PLAYOFFS – BULLS/CELTICS GM 5 TNT Weds. 8:43 PM 4,285
3 NBA PLAYOFFS – THUNDER/ROCKETS GM 5 TNT Tues. 8:09 PM 4,158
4 NBA PLAYOFFS – WARRIORS/BLAZERS GM 4 TNT Mon. 10:45 PM 3,923
5 NBA PLAYOFFS – JAZZ/CLIPPERS GM 5 TNT Tues. 10:53 PM 3,187
6 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 3,176
7 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 3,145
8 NBA PLAYOFFS – SPURS/GRIZZLIES GM 6 TNT Thurs. 9:56 PM 3,051
9 NBA PLAYOFFS – WIZARDS/HAWKS GM 4 TNT Mon. 8:09 PM 3,025
10 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,003
11 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 2,925
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 2,900
13 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 2,885
14 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 2,855
15 NBA PLAYOFFS – CLIPPERS/JAZZ GM 6 ESPN Fri. 10:34 PM 2,836
16 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 2,768
17 THE FIVE FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,760
18 THE FIVE FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,672
19 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,636
20 WATTERS WORLD FNC Sat. 8:00 PM 2,616
21 HANNITY FNC Mon. 10:00 PM 2,612
22 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Fri. 8:00 PM 2,610
23 THE FIVE FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,609
24 NFL DRAFT NFLN Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,531
25 HANNITY FNC Tues. 10:00 PM 2,514

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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