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|
Source: The Nielsen Company.