Yet again, ESPN’s coverage of the NBA regular season continued its recent winning streak in the Friday cable ratings last week. The network’s broadcast of the Lakers vs Golden State game led the night with a 0.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 2.323 million viewers. In addition, the earlier game between the Clippers and the Rockets managed to rake in a 0.6 on the network as well. One of ESPN’s usual, late-night editions of “SportsCenter” also landed in the Top 5 of the night with a 0.5.

On The Discovery Channel, “Gold Rush” grabbed the second-highest spot in the ratings with a 0.7, the same as what it had scored the week before. Meanwhile, it was a fairly low night for Lifetime, with both “Bring It!” and “Rap Game” landing outside of the Top 25, thanks to the former dropping one-tenth from a 0.3 to a 0.2 and “Rap Game” taking an even bigger hit, falling from its previous 0.3 to a 0.1 this time around.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Friday, Dec. 22, 2017

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NBA REGULAR SEASON ESPN 10:40 PM 2,323 0.9
GOLD RUSH DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 2,938 0.7
NBA REGULAR SEASON ESPN 8:01 PM 1,698 0.6
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 1:05 AM 1,255 0.5
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME ESPN 4:00 PM 1,497 0.4
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN 2:00 AM 821 0.4
TENDER TOUCHES ADULT 12:30 AM 759 0.4
DINERS, DRIVE-INS, & DIVES FOOD 9:00 PM 1,037 0.3
TENDER TOUCHES ADULT 12:45 AM 647 0.3
TESLAS DEATH RAY SPC DISCOVERY 10:01 PM 1,279 0.3
MARRIED TO MEDICINE BRAVO 8:00 PM 764 0.3
NBA PRE-GAME L ESPN 7:25 PM 898 0.3
TWO AND A HALF MEN NICK-AT-NITE 1:00 AM 668 0.3
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 2,591 0.3
HMM ORIGINAL MOVIE HALLMARK 9:00 PM 2,178 0.3
RIDICULOUSNESS MTV 8:31 PM 606 0.3
RIDICULOUSNESS MTV 8:00 PM 605 0.3
TWO AND A HALF MEN NICK-AT-NITE 1:32 AM 597 0.3
STEVEN UNIVERSE CARTOON 7:30 PM 891 0.3
GRILL DADS FOOD 9:30 PM 852 0.3
HANNITY SPECIAL FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 2,255 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,286 0.2
FOX AND FRIENDS FOX NEWS 8:00 AM 2042 0.2
SPECIAL RPT W/BRET BAIER FOX NEWS 6:00 PM 2327 0.2
AMAZINGNESS MTV 9:02 PM 477 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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