The NBA Playoffs dominated the cable ratings for another week, with games on TNT and ESPN taking the Top 5 spots in both adults 18-49 and viewers.

No. 1 in both measures was Game 5 of the Houston Rockets-San Antonio Spurs series, which scored a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.73 million viewers.

Top 25 cable shows in adults 18-49 for May 8-14, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 NBA PLAYOFFS – ROCKETS/SPURS GM 5 TNT Tues. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,340
2 NBA PLAYOFFS – WARRIORS/JAZZ GM 4 TNT Mon. 9:00 PM 1.7 2,201
3 NBA PLAYOFFS CELTICS/WIZARDS GM 6 ESPN Fri. 7:59 PM 1.6 2,044
NBA PLAYOFFS – SPURS/ROCKETS GM 6 ESPN Thurs. 7:59 PM 1.6 2,009
5 NBA PLAYOFFS – WIZARDS/CELTICS GM 5 TNT Weds. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,848
6 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Tues. 10:53 PM 1.3 1,701
LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,648
8 STREET OUTLAWS DISC Mon. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,363
9 NHL PLAYOFFS – PENGUINS/CAPITALS GM 7 NBCSN Weds. 7:29 PM 1.0 1,238
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,231
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,229
12 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Weds. 10:34 PM 0.9 1,216
BASKETBALL WIVES VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,177
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Mon. 11:38 PM 0.9 1,141
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,109
16 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Thurs. 10:25 PM 0.8 1,086
SPORTSCENTER ESPN Fri. 10:47 PM 0.8 1,028
THE BIG BANG THEORY TBS Sun. 9:30 PM 0.8 999
FAMILY GUY ADSM Sun. 11:00 PM 0.8 994
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY FX Sun. 5:30 PM 0.8 993
FAMILY GUY ADSM Mon. 11:30 PM 0.8 992
FAMILY GUY ADSM Mon. 11:00 PM 0.8 965
FAMILY GUY ADSM Thurs. 11:30 PM 0.8 963
24 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7 952
25 NHL PLAYOFFS – CAPITALS/PENGUINS GM 6 NBCSN Mon. 7:33 PM 0.7 940

Note: 16 other shows also had 0.7 ratings but not as many viewers in the 18-49 demographic.

Top 25 cable shows in viewers for May 8-14, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 NBA PLAYOFFS – ROCKETS/SPURS GM 5 TNT Tues. 8:00 PM 4,730
2 NBA PLAYOFFS – WARRIORS/JAZZ GM 4 TNT Mon. 9:00 PM 4,526
3 NBA PLAYOFFS CELTICS/WIZARDS GM 6 ESPN Fri. 7:59 PM 4,262
4 NBA PLAYOFFS – SPURS/ROCKETS GM 6 ESPN Thurs. 7:59 PM 4,190
5 NBA PLAYOFFS – WIZARDS/CELTICS GM 5 TNT Weds. 8:00 PM 3,765
6 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 3,445
7 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC TUes. 9:00 PM 3,356
8 HANNITY FNC TUes. 10:00 PM 3,272
9 THE FIVE FNC TUes. 9:00 PM 3,208
10 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT TUes. 10:53 PM 3,070
11 THE STORY FNC TUes. 7:00 PM 3,021
12 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 2,993
13 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC TUes. 6:00 PM 2,896
14 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,870
15 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,849
16 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 2,831
17 THE LAST WORD W/ LAWRENCE O’DONNELL MSNBC TUes. 10:00 PM 2,813
18 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,741
19 THE LAST WORD W/ LAWRENCE O’DONNELL MSNBC Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,697
20 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,638
21 NASCAR M.E. CUP RACING – KANSAS FS1 Sat. 7:32 PM 2,620
22 HANNITY FNC Weds. 10:00 PM 2,582
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 2,582
24 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,561
25 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,537

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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