In the Friday cable ratings last week, The Discovery Channel’s “Gold Rush” managed to reclaim the top spot of the night once again with a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 2.848 million viewers. This was the same as what “Gold Rush” had scored the week before. ESPN followed closely behind and scored the second and third-highest spots in the ratings with its back-to-back broadcasts of the Dallas vs LA Lakers and Minnesota vs Houston NBA basketball games, which raked in two 0.6s.

On A&E, “Live PD” took a minor hit and fell two-tenths from its previous 0.7 t0 a 0.5 this time around. Meanwhile, on the Discovery Channel, “Gold Rush: White Water”  experienced a similar drop in the ratings, falling from a 0.5 to a 0.4. In addition, the season 4 finale of Lifetime’s “Rap Game” brought the series back into the top 25 by ticking up one-tenth from a 0.2 to a 0.3.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
GOLD RUSH DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 2,848 0.7
NBA REGULAR SEASON ESPN 10:35 PM 1,374 0.6
NBA REGULAR SEASON ESPN 8:01 PM 1,333 0.6
LIVE PD: 97 LIVE PD A&E 9:00 PM 1,697 0.5
W OLY LATE NIGHT A&E 11:00 PM 1,607 0.5
GOLD RUSH: WHITE WATER DISCOVERY 10:03 PM 1,766 0.4
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 12:55 AM 774 0.4
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,829 0.3
MAMA JUNE FROM HOT TO NOT WETV 9:00 PM 847 0.3
RAP GAME LIFETIME 10:02 PM 710 0.3
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN 2:00 AM 617 0.3
TWO AND A HALF MEN NICK-AT-NITE 1:00 AM 689 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 711 0.3
MARRIED TO MEDICINE BRAVO 9:00 PM 776 0.3
W OLY PRIME: N/A NBC SPORTS 8:00 PM 1,029 0.3
ANDI MACK DISNEY 8:00 PM 1,386 0.3
NBA PRE-GAME L ESPN 7:00 PM 584 0.3
LAST WORD W/L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 2,146 0.3
TWO AND A HALF MEN NICK-AT-NITE 1:32 AM 632 0.3
MY LOTTERY DREAM HOME HOME 9:00 PM 1,264 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:30 PM 1,320 0.2
DINERS, DRIVE-INS, & DIVES FOOD 9:00 PM 933 0.2
TWO AND A HALF MEN NICK-AT-NITE 2:04 AM 574 0.2
BRIDE KILLA INVEST 9:00 PM 991 0.2
SPORTSCENTER EARLY L ESPN 6:00 PM 487 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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