The NBA Playoffs continued their dominance of the cable ratings in the week of April 30. Coverage of second-round series on TNT and ESPN took up the top 10 spots in the adults 18-49 rankings and nine of the top 10 in total viewers.

In both measures, Game 2 of the Warriors-Pelicans series came in first. It recorded a 2.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 5.65 million viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for April 30-May 6, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NBA PLAYOFFS – PELICANS/WARRIORS GM 2 TNT Tues. 10:56 PM 2.2 2,790
2 NBA PLAYOFFS – CAVALIERS/RAPTORS GM 1 TNT Tues. 8:00 PM 2.1 2,701
3 NBA PLAYOFFS – 76ERS/CELTICS GM 2 TNT Thurs. 8:40 PM 2.0 2,573
4 NBA PLAYOFFS – 76ERS/CELTICS GM 1 TNT Mon. 8:13 PM 1.8 2,342
5 NBA PLAYOFFS – JAZZ/ROCKETS GM 2 TNT Weds. 8:13 PM 1.6 2,048
NBA PLAYOFFS – ROCKETS/JAZZ GM 4 TNT Sun. 8:00 PM 1.6 2,048
7 NBA PLAYOFFS – WARRIORS/PELICANS GM 3 ESPN Fri. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,779
NBA PLAYOFFS – CELTICS/76ERS GM 3 ESPN Sat. 5:04 PM 1.4 1,754
9 NBA PLAYOFFS – ROCKETS/JAZZ GM 3 ESPN Fri. 10:34 PM 1.3 1,715
10 NBA PLAYOFFS – CAVALIERS/RAPTORS GM 2 ESPN Thurs. 6:03 PM 1.2 1,587
11 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,446
SPORTSCENTER ESPN Sat. 7:57 PM 1.1 1,446
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,382
LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,344
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Mon. 10:45 PM 1.1 1,344
16 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,318
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Weds. 10:50 PM 1.0 1,318
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Thurs. 11:12 PM 1.0 1,267
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Tues. 1:13 AM 1.0 1,216
20 JERSEY SHORE FAMILY VACATION MTV Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,114
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Sun. 10:33 PM 0.9 1,101
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,088
23 NBA PREGAME TNT Mon. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,037
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 986
25 TEYANA & IMAN VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 947
NBA PREGAME TNT Thurs. 8:30 PM 0.7 896
SPORTSCENTER ESPN Fri. 12:55 AM 0.7 858

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for April 30-May 6, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NBA PLAYOFFS – PELICANS/WARRIORS GM 2 TNT Tues. 10:56 PM 5,652
2 NBA PLAYOFFS – CAVALIERS/RAPTORS GM 1 TNT Tues. 8:00 PM 5,587
3 NBA PLAYOFFS – 76ERS/CELTICS GM 2 TNT Thurs. 8:40 PM 5,088
4 NBA PLAYOFFS – 76ERS/CELTICS GM 1 TNT Mon. 8:13 PM 4,689
5 NBA PLAYOFFS – ROCKETS/JAZZ GM 4 TNT Sun. 8:00 PM 4,350
6 NBA PLAYOFFS – JAZZ/ROCKETS GM 2 TNT Weds. 8:13 PM 4,305
7 NBA PLAYOFFS – WARRIORS/PELICANS GM 3 ESPN Fri. 8:00 PM 4,160
8 NBA PLAYOFFS – CELTICS/76ERS GM 3 ESPN Sat. 5:04 PM 3,619
9 HANNITY FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,490
10 NBA PLAYOFFS – ROCKETS/JAZZ GM 3 ESPN Fri. 10:34 PM 3,472
11 HANNITY FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,245
12 NBA PLAYOFFS – CAVALIERS/RAPTORS GM 2 ESPN Thurs. 6:03 PM 3,233
13 HANNITY FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,208
14 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 3,184
15 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,136
16 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,025
17 HANNITY FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,977
18 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 2,878
19 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,782
20 NASCAR M.E. CUP RACING – DOVER FS1 Sun. 1:45 PM 2,774
21 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 2,770
22 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Sat. 7:57 PM 2,765
23 HANNITY FNC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,709
24 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,688
25 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,680

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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