The NBA Playoffs once again dominated the cable ratings for the week of May 15. The six games on TNT and ESPN were the six highest-rated among adults 18-49 and most-watched cable programs of the week.

The top contest, Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals between Cleveland and Boston, scored a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49, making it No. 1 for all of TV for the week. It also drew 7 million viewers.

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

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 NBA EAST FINALS – CELTICS/CAVALIERS GM 3 TNT Sun. 8:30 PM 2.9 3,660
2 NBA PLAYOFFS – WIZARDS/CELTICS GM 7 TNT Mon. 8:13 PM 2.7 3,480
NBA EAST FINALS – CAVALIERS/CELTICS GM 1 TNT Weds. 8:30 PM 2.7 3,409
4 NBA WEST FINALS – SPURS/WARRIORS GM 2 ESPN Tues. 8:59 PM 2.2 2,805
5 NBA WEST FINALS – WARRIORS/SPURS GM 3 ESPN Sat. 8:59 PM 2.1 2,729
6 NBA EAST FINALS – CAVALIERS/CELTICS GM 2 TNT Fri. 8:30 PM 2.0 2,589
7 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Sun. 11:09 PM 1.5 1,886
8 NBA DRAFT LOTTERY ESPN Tues. 8:29 PM 1.3 1,709
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Mon. 10:50 PM 1.3 1,643
10 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,512
11 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Fri. 10:57 PM 1.1 1,438
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Weds. 11:08 PM 1.1 1,433
13 NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME TNT Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,329
NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME TNT Sun. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,318
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,309
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,229
17 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,212
BASKETBALL WIVES VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,181
STREET OUTLAWS DISC Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,143
SPORTSCENTER ESPN Sat. 11:33 PM 0.9 1,140
21 THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 9:30 PM 0.8 1,032
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:30 PM 0.8 1,029
FAMILY GUY ADSM Thurs. 11:30 PM 0.8 1,024
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Tues. 10:00 PM 0.8 1,015
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:00 PM 0.8 1,006
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Tues. 9:30 PM 0.8 1,000
FAMILY GUY ADSM Thurs. 11:00 PM 0.8 983
T.I. AND TINY VH1 Mon. 10:00 PM 0.8 979
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Tues. 10:30 PM 0.8 978

 

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

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 NBA EAST FINALS – CELTICS/CAVALIERS GM 3 TNT Sun. 8:30 PM 6,997
2 NBA PLAYOFFS – WIZARDS/CELTICS GM 7 TNT Mon. 8:13 PM 6,821
3 NBA EAST FINALS – CAVALIERS/CELTICS GM 1 TNT Weds. 8:30 PM 6,445
4 NBA WEST FINALS – WARRIORS/SPURS GM 3 ESPN Sat. 8:59 PM 6,332
5 NBA WEST FINALS – SPURS/WARRIORS GM 2 ESPN Tues. 8:59 PM 5,786
6 NBA EAST FINALS – CAVALIERS/CELTICS GM 2 TNT Fri. 8:30 PM 5,096
7 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Sun. 11:09 PM 3,340
8 NBA DRAFT LOTTERY ESPN Tues. 8:29 PM 3,233
9 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,142
10 SUNDAY MORNING FUTURES FNC Sun. 10:00 AM 3,038
11 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,022
12 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Mon. 10:50 PM 2,961
13 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,942
14 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 2,887
15 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,877
16 NASCAR MONSTER ENERGY CUP – ALL-STAR RACE FS1 Sat. 8:05 PM 2,868
17 NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME TNT Mon. 8:00 PM 2,763
18 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 2,749
19 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,727
20 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 2,679
21 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,667
22 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,659
23 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 2,648
24 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Weds. 11:08 PM 2,627
25 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 2,619

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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