All four second-round series in the NBA Playoffs ended up being relatively short, so the games don’t have quite as big a footprint in the cable top 25 for May 7-13 as they did in recent weeks.

The playoffs still rule the top of the rankings, however, taking the top 5 spots in adults 18-49 and five of the top 7 in total viewers.

Cleveland’s series-clinching win over Toronto led the 18-49 rankings with a 2.3 rating. Game 5 of the Philadelphia-Boston series was the most-watched cable show of the week with 5.97 million viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows in adults 18-49 for May 7-13, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NBA PLAYOFFS – RAPTORS/CAVALIERS GM 4 TNT Mon. 8:37 PM 2.3 2,880
2 NBA PLAYOFFS – 76ERS/CELTICS GM 5 TNT Weds. 8:13 PM 2.2 2,829
3 NBA PLAYOFFS – PELICANS/WARRIORS GM 5 TNT Tues. 10:34 PM 1.9 2,458
4 NBA PLAYOFFS – JAZZ/ROCKETS GM 5 TNT Tues. 8:00 PM 1.5 1,933
5 NBA PLAYOFFS – CELTICS/76ERS GM 4 TNT Mon. 6:00 PM 1.2 1,562
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Weds. 11:01 PM 1.2 1,472
7 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Mon. 11:15 PM 1.1 1,408
JERSEY SHORE FAMILY VACATION MTV Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,344
9 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,242
10 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,165
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,152
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,126
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,088
14 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Tues. 12:57 AM 0.8 1,075
NBA PREGAME TNT Weds. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,050
NHL PLAYOFFS – CAPITALS/PENGUINS GM 6 NBCSN Mon. 6:58 PM 0.8 998
17 TEEN MOM II MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 922
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7 909
VANDERPUMP RULES BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 858
NHL EAST FINALS – CAPITALS/LIGHTNING GM 2 NBCSN Sun. 8:02 PM 0.7 845
21 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 806
WESTWORLD HBO Sun. 9:02 PM 0.6 806
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.6 794
LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.6 730
BLACK INK CREW VH1 Weds. 9:00 PM 0.6 704

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for May 7-13, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NBA PLAYOFFS – 76ERS/CELTICS GM 5 TNT Weds. 8:13 PM 5,973
2 NBA PLAYOFFS – RAPTORS/CAVALIERS GM 4 TNT Mon. 8:37 PM 5,900
3 NBA PLAYOFFS – PELICANS/WARRIORS GM 5 TNT Tues. 10:34 PM 4,953
4 NBA PLAYOFFS – JAZZ/ROCKETS GM 5 TNT Tues. 8:00 PM 4,082
5 HANNITY FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,511
6 HANNITY FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,504
7 NBA PLAYOFFS – CELTICS/76ERS GM 4 TNT Mon. 6:00 PM 3,395
8 HANNITY FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,302
9 HANNITY FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,136
10 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,064
11 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FNC Weds. 10:00 PM 2,968
12 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,931
13 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 2,897
14 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FNC Mon. 10:00 PM 2,875
15 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 2,788
16 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FNC Tues. 10:00 PM 2,783
17 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FNC Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,758
18 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,749
19 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,731
20 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Weds. 11:01 PM 2,658
21 HANNITY FNC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,616
22 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Tues. 6:00 PM 2,612
23 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 2,600
24 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Mon. 11:15 PM 2,588
25 NBA PREGAME TNT Weds. 8:00 PM 2,564

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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