It was a sports-heavy night in the Friday cable ratings last week, starting with ESPN’s live broadcast of the Oklahoma City vs Utah NBA playoff game, which scored a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49 with 3.60 million viewers. The network’s broadcast of the earlier game between Cleveland and Indiana followed closely behind as well with a 1.4, while ESPN’s continued coverage of the NFL Draft also scored several other top spots throughout the night with 0.8 – 0.3s.

On HBO, “Real Time with Bill Maher” ticked back down from its previous 0.4 to a 0.3. This was similar to the one-tenth hit that The Discovery Channel’s “Bering Sea Gold” (0.3) took. “Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail,” meanwhile, was able to tick up one-tenth from a 0.4 to a 0.5 this time around. In addition, A&E’s “Live PD” held steady with yet another 0.6.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Friday, April 27, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NBA PLAYOFFS ESPN 10:34 PM 3,596 1.5
NBA PLAYOFFS ESPN 8:00 PM 3,642 1.4
SPORTSCENTER 1AM L ESPN 1:14 AM 1,738 0.8
NFL DRAFT L ESPN 6:56 PM 2,030 0.8
LIVE PD: 113 A&E 9:00 PM 1,871 0.6
NFL DRAFT ESPN2 8:01 PM 1,556 0.5
GOLD RUSH: PARKERS TRAIL DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 1,968 0.5
NFL DRAFT: 2018 NFL DRAFT NFL NETWORK 7:00 PM 1,149 0.4
SPORTSCENTER SPECIAL ESPN 6:00 PM 799 0.3
LIVE PD AC A&E 8:06 PM 1,015 0.3
BERING SEA GOLD DISCOVERY 10:01 PM 1,361 0.3
REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER HBO 10:00 PM 1,677 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,489 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1,412 0.3
DINERS, DRIVE-INS, AND DIVES FOOD 9:00 PM 943 0.3
NFL LIVE L ESPN 3:00 PM 568 0.2
NHL SEMI FINALS L NBC SPORTS 7:58 PM 785 0.2
ANCIENT ALIENS HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,043 0.2
FIRST TAKE ESPN 10:00 AM 543 0.2
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN 5:00 PM 510 0.2
EVIL STEPMOTHERS INVEST 9:00 PM 849 0.2
MUPPET BABIES DISNEY 10:00 AM 854 0.2
SPORTSCENTER AM ESPN 1:00 PM 460 0.2
NFL TOTAL ACCESS NFL NETWORK 11:02 PM 511 0.2
GET UP L ESPN 7:00 AM 434 0.2

 

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys, rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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