Unlike the previous week, it was an NBA game that topped the Friday, Jan. 3 cable chart.

ESPN’s broadcast of the Pelicans vs. Lakers game beat its cable competition with a 0.7 rating in the adults 18-49 demo and a 1.66 million viewer audience. The network’s broadcast of the earlier NBA game between Philadelphia and Houston also placed third in the chart with a 0.6 rating and 1.58 million viewers.

Meanwhile, A&E’s “Live PD” scored Friday’s no. 2 spot with a 0.6 and 1.95 million viewers, up a bit from the show’s last regular Friday broadcast. Elsewhere, the Discovery Channel’s “Gold Rush” returned from a week off with the same 0.6 as its last outing.

On Lifetime, the third and fourth episodes “Surviving R. Kelly – Part 2: The Reckoning” grabbed 0.4 and 0.3 ratings – on par with the back-to-back 0.4s that its first 2 episodes scored the previous night.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Friday, January 3, 2020

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NBA REGULAR SEASON – NEW ORLEANS/LA LAKERS ESPN 10:40 PM 1,664 0.7
LIVE PD: 261 LIVE PD A&E 9:00 PM 1,948 0.6
NBA REGULAR SEASON – PHILADELPHIA/HOUSTON ESPN 8:13 PM 1,584 0.6
GOLD RUSH DISCOVERY 8:00 PM 2,557 0.6
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 1:00 AM 937 0.4
NBA COURTSIDE ESPN 8:00 PM 1,068 0.4
GOLD RUSH: THE DIRT DISCOVERY 10:02 PM 1,744 0.4
LIVE PD AC A&E 8:06 PM 1,217 0.4
ALASKA PD A&E 12:00 AM 1,099 0.4
SURVIVING R. KELLY LIFETIME 10:06 PM 855 0.4
SURVIVING R. KELLY LIFETIME 9:00 PM 813 0.3
MY LOTTERY DREAM HOME HOME 9:00 PM 1,654 0.3
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 9:00 PM 1,051 0.3
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 10:00 PM 927 0.3
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 3,284 0.3
COLL FTBL BOWL GAME – OHIO/NEVADA ESPN 3:30 PM 1,361 0.3
NBA PRE-GAME ESPN 6:56 PM 829 0.3
JOE PERA TALKS WITH YOU ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 527 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,460 0.3
LOVE AFTER LOCKUP WETV 9:00 PM 692 0.3
THE STORY FOX NEWS 7:00 PM 2,547 0.3
SPECIAL RPT WITH BRET BAIER FOX NEWS 6:00 PM 2,724 0.2
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 2:00 AM 590 0.2
THE FIVE FOX NEWS 5:00 PM 3,152 0.2
JOE PERA TALKS WITH YOU ADULT SWIM 12:15 AM 444 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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