After losing the no. 1 spot the previous week, ESPN returned to the top of the Friday cable ratings this week.
The network captured all of the top 3 spots of the night, starting with its broadcast of the Pelicans vs. Lakers NBA game, which scored a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 with 1.87 million viewers. The Milwaukee vs. Boston game came second with a 0.6, while the network’s usual “After the Buzzer” coverage rounded out the top 3 with a 0.6 as well.
Outside of sports, the Discovery Channel’s “Gold Rush” took a minor hit week-to-week, falling a tenth from its previous 0.7 to a 0.6. On A&E, “Live PD” aired a special “Top 40 Moments of 2018” episode, which scored a 0.5, down two-tenths from the 0.7 it had scored the previous Friday.
Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Friday, December 21, 2018
|Show||Net||Time||Total viewers (000s)||18-49 rating|
|NBA REGULAR SEASON – NEW ORLEANS/LA LAKERS||ESPN||10:38 PM||1,867||0.8|
|NBA REGULAR SEASON – MILWAUKEE/BOSTON||ESPN||8:13 PM||1,643||0.6|
|NBA AFTER THE BUZZER||ESPN||1:02 AM||1,318||0.6|
|GOLD RUSH||DISCOVERY||9:01 PM||2,566||0.6|
|LIVE PD SPECIALS: TOP 40 MOMENTS 2018 PT 1||A&E||9:00 PM||1,711||0.5|
|SPORTSCENTER 1AM||ESPN||1:18 AM||874||0.4|
|NBA COURTSIDE||ESPN||8:00 PM||1,050||0.4|
|LIVE PD AC||A&E||8:00 PM||1,125||0.4|
|COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – WESTERN MICHIGAN/BYU||ESPN||4:06 PM||1,372||0.3|
|RACHEL MADDOW SHOW||MSNBC||9:00 PM||3,135||0.3|
|LIVE PD AC||A&E||12:03 AM||847||0.3|
|NBA PRE-GAME||ESPN||7:26 PM||774||0.3|
|SPORTSCENTER MORNING||ESPN||2:00 AM||592||0.3|
|ANDERSON COOPER 360||CNN||8:00 PM||1,596||0.3|
|ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT||CNN||7:00 PM||1,517||0.3|
|CUOMO PRIME TIME||CNN||9:00 PM||1,542||0.3|
|MARRIED TO MEDICINE||BRAVO||9:00 PM||743||0.3|
|CNN TONIGHT||CNN||10:00 PM||1,411||0.2|
|SITUATION ROOM||CNN||6:00 PM||1,331||0.2|
|RUPAUL ALL STARS||VH1||8:00 PM||510||0.2|
|SITUATION ROOM||CNN||5:00 PM||1,502||0.2|
|LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL||MSNBC||10:00 PM||2,239||0.2|
|CNN TONIGHT||CNN||12:00 AM||1,016||0.2|
|COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL/TOLEDO||ESPN||12:30 PM||838||0.2|
|MY LOTTERY DREAM HOME||HOME||9:00 PM||1,269||0.2|
Source: The Nielsen Company.