It was a sports-heavy night in the Friday cable ratings last week. ESPN’s broadcast of this year’s NBA Celebrity All-Stars game landed on top with a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 1.689 million viewers. Meanwhile, The Discovery Channel’s “Gold Rush” followed closely behind with another regular episode, which grabbed a 0.7 on the network. Similarly, “Gold Rush: White Water” returned with a 0.5, the same as what its previous episode had scored.

On A&E, “Live PD” landed fairly high as well with a 0.7 rating, while HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” held steady with yet another 0.4. In addition, the NBC Sports Network’s continued coverage of the Winter Olympics landed a spot in the Top 25 of the night with a 0.6.

Outside of the Top 25, Lifetime’s “Rap Game” finally broke its almost season-long 0.3 streak by falling one-tenth to a 0.2.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NBA ALL-STAR EVENT ESPN 6:59 PM 1,689 0.8
GOLD RUSH DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 2,691 0.7
LIVE PD: 95 LIVE PD A&E 9:00 PM 1,867 0.7
MOUNTAIN DEW KICKSTART TNT 9:14 PM 1,394 0.6
W OLY PRIME: N/A NBC SPORTS 8:00 PM 2,339 0.6
GOLD RUSH: SPECIAL DISCOVERY 8:00 PM 1,924 0.5
GOLD RUSH: WHITE WATER DISCOVERY 10:01 PM 1,811 0.5
ZOMBIES DISNEY 8:00 PM 2,567 0.5
NBA PRE-GAME SHOW TNT 9:00 PM 1,058 0.4
REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER HBO 10:00 PM 1,836 0.4
INSIDE THE NBA TNT 10:52 PM 782 0.4
W OLY ACCESS WKDY: N/A NBC SPORTS 5:00 PM 1,443 0.4
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,960 0.3
W OLY LATE NIGHT: N/A NBC SPORTS 12:00 AM 854 0.3
MARRIED TO MEDICINE BRAVO 9:00 PM 872 0.3
TWO AND A HALF MEN NICK-AT-NITE 1:00 AM 668 0.3
TWO AND A HALF MEN NICK-AT-NITE 1:32 AM 692 0.3
SPONGEBOB NICKELODEON 6:00 PM 1,453 0.3
TWO AND A HALF MEN NICK-AT-NITE 2:04 AM 610 0.3
TOP RANK BOXING L ESPN 9:05 PM 703 0.3
W OLY FRINGE WKDY: N/A NBC SPORTS 3:00 PM 1,074 0.3
FIVE, THE FOX NEWS 5:00 PM 2,387 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,145 0.2
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 643 0.2
ADVENTURES OF KID DANGER NICKELODEON 6:30 PM 1,091 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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