ESPN and the NBA absolutely dominated the Friday night cable ratings, with the Golden State Warriors vs. Milwaukee Bucks game in particular rising above the rest of the pack. The broadcast scored a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic, taking the top slot on the chart.

In second place was the only non-sports entry in the top 3, with A&E’s broadcast of “Live PD” ticking up one-tenth of a point from its performance last week to land at 0.7. Finally, in third place, was ESPN’s post-game NBA show “After the Buzzer,” which rose 0.2 from its previous Friday performance to 0.6.

Outside of the NBA, a handful of political shows rose, many of which are not frequent members of the top 25. MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” ticked up 0.1 to gain a 0.4 rating, while “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” rose the same amount to 0.3. Beyond politics, Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive Ins & Dives” on Food Network climbed a full tenth of a point to 0.3.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Friday, December 7, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NBA REGULAR SEASON – GOLDEN STATE/MILWAUKEE ESPN 9:47 PM 2,021 0.8
LIVE PD: 168 LIVE PD A&E 9:00 PM 2,101 0.7
NBA AFTER THE BUZZER ESPN 11:59 PM 1,433 0.6
NBA REGULAR SEASON – PHILADELPHIA/DETROIT ESPN 7:12 PM 1,373 0.6
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 12:15 AM 1,052 0.4
NBA COURTSIDE ESPN 7:00 PM 877 0.4
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 3,356 0.4
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 932 0.4
SPORTSCENTER EARLY ESPN 6:00 PM 739 0.4
AROUND THE HORN ESPN 5:00 PM 719 0.3
HIGHLY QUESTIONABLE ESPN 4:30 AM 653 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 1:01 AM 714 0.3
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 9:00 PM 998 0.3
HIGH NOON (9AM PACIFIC) ESPN 4:00 PM 530 0.3
ANDERSON COOPER 360 CNN 8:00 PM 1,439 0.3
LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 2,582 0.3
GOLD RUSH: THE DIRT DISCOVERY 8:00 PM 1,231 0.3
ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT CNN 7:00 PM 1,217 0.3
MASTER OF ARMS DISCOVERY 10:02 PM 834 0.3
MY LOTTERY DREAM HOME HOME 9:00 PM 1,685 0.3
IN PLAIN SIGHT INVESTIGATION 11:30 PM 880 0.2
SITUATION ROOM CNN 6:00 PM 1,220 0.2
SITUATION ROOM CNN 5:00 PM 1,352 0.2
NBA: THE JUMP ESPN 3:00 PM 454 0.2
RIDICULOUSNESS MTV 9:00 PM 559 0.2

Source: The Nielsen Company.

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