The cable-televised portion of the 2017 NBA Playoffs concluded May 25, and as has been the case for the past month-plus, games on TNT and ESPN ruled the ratings for the week.

The No. 1 show among adults 18-49 for the week (on both cable and broadcast) was Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals between Cleveland and Boston. It delivered a 2.8 rating, along with 7.05 million viewers. Game 5 of the East Finals and Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals finished second and third in both adults 18-49 and viewers.

“Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” (1.3) was the top non-sports show in adults 18-49, and Monday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” was the best of the non-NBA telecasts in viewers at 3.46 million.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for May 22-28, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 NBA EAST FINALS – CELTICS/CAVALIERS GM 4 TNT Tues. 8:31 PM 2.8 3,548
2 NBA EAST FINALS – CAVALIERS/CELTICS GM 5 TNT Thurs. 8:30 PM 2.2 2,830
3 NBA WEST FINALS – WARRIORS/SPURS GM 4 ESPN Mon. 9:00 PM 2.1 2,634
4 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Tues. 11:00 PM 1.5 1,916
5 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,625
6 NHL EAST FINALS – SENATORS/PENGUINS GM 7 NBCSN Thurs. 7:59 PM 1.1 1,385
7 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,248
STREET OUTLAWS DISC Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,244
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Thurs. 11:04 PM 1.0 1,226
10 BASKETBALL WIVES VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,190
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,145
SPORTSCENTER ESPN Mon. 11:36 PM 0.9 1,127
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,118
14 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,033
THE DUNK KING TNT Tues. 11:41 PM 0.8 1,006
T.I. AND TINY VH1 Mon. 10:00 PM 0.8 998
FAMILY GUY ADSM Tues. 11:30 PM 0.8 969
18 FAMILY GUY ADSM Tues. 11:00 PM 0.7 950
NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME TNT Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7 945
FAMILY GUY ADSM Thurs. 11:30 PM 0.7 940
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 10:00 PM 0.7 923
FAMILY GUY ADSM Fri. 11:30 PM 0.7 920
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 9:00 PM 0.7 917
FAMILY GUY ADSM Mon. 11:30 PM 0.7 915
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 9:30 PM 0.7 913
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:30 PM 0.7 899
FAMILY GUY ADSM Weds. 11:00 PM 0.7 891
FAMILY GUY ADSM Thurs. 11:00 PM 0.7 878
FAMILY GUY ADSM Fri. 11:00 PM 0.7 870
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Weds. 8:30 PM 0.7 869
BETTER CALL SAUL AMC Mon. 10:00 PM 0.7 864

 

Top 25 cable shows in viewers for May 22-28, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 NBA EAST FINALS – CELTICS/CAVALIERS GM 4 TNT Tues. 8:31 PM 7,047
2 NBA EAS FINALS – CAVALIERS/CELTICS GM 5 TNT Thurs. 8:30 PM 5,825
3 NBA WEST FINALS – WARRIORS/SPURS GM 4 ESPN Mon. 9:00 PM 5,799
4 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 3,462
5 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Tues. 11:00 PM 3,413
6 HANNITY FNC Mon. 10:00 PM 3,331
7 SHEPARD SMITH REPORTING FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,315
8 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,973
9 NHL EAST FINALS – SENATORS/PENGUINS GM 7 NBCSN Thurs. 7:59 PM 2,922
10 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 2,829
11 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,817
12 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 2,797
13 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,763
14 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,699
15 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 2,665
16 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,626
17 HANNITY FNC Weds. 10:00 PM 2,602
18 THE FIVE FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,573
19 THE FIVE FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,561
20 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Tues. 6:00 PM 2,544
21 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 2,521
22 THE STORY FNC Mon. 7:00 PM 2,497
23 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Fri. 8:00 PM 2,457
24 HANNITY FNC Tues. 10:00 PM 2,455
25 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Mon. 6:00 PM 2,443

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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