Once again, the Friday night cable ratings proved strong territory for ESPN and the NBA.
The top game of the night was the Milwaukee Bucks vs. the LA Lakers, scoring a sizable 0.9 rating in adults 18-49. This was up two-tenths of a point from the highest-ranked game of last week, in which the Utah Jazz played the Oklahoma City Thunder for a 0.7. ESPN’s post-game series, “After the Buzzer” also improved, rising from a 0.6 to a 0.7 to lay claim to the second slot. Rounding out the top 3 was A&E’s “Live PD” at 0.6, maintaining the same score it lands at week after week.
On Discovery, “Gold Rush” fell from its usual 0.6 to 0.5, while “Gold Rush: White Water” was also toppled from its typical score, dropping from 0.5 to 0.4. “Love After Lockup” on WETV continued its run of stability at 0.3, as “Tropical Cop Tales” on Adult Swim vaulted upward from 0.2 to 0.4. HGTV’s “My Lottery Dream Home” stuck to a 0.3, but Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives” slouched from a 0.3 to 0.2.
Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Friday, March 1, 2019
|Show||Net||Time||Total viewers (000s)||18-49 rating|
|NBA REGULAR SEASON – MILWAUKEE/LA LAKERS||ESPN||10:39 PM||2,097||0.9|
|NBA AFTER THE BUZZER||ESPN||12:54 AM||1,533||0.7|
|LIVE PD: 190 LIVE PD||A&E||9:00 PM||1,887||0.6|
|NBA REGULAR SEASON – PORTLAND/TORONTO||ESPN||8:14 PM||1,407||0.6|
|GOLD RUSH||DISCOVERY||9:01 PM||2,697||0.5|
|SPORTSCENTER 1AM||ESPN||1:10 AM||955||0.4|
|GOLD RUSH: WHITE WATER||DISCOVERY||10:02 PM||1,867||0.4|
|TROPICAL COP TALES||ADULT SWIM||12:00 AM||720||0.4|
|NBA COURTSIDE||ESPN||8:00 PM||838||0.4|
|LOVE AFTER LOCKUP||WETV||9:00 PM||873||0.3|
|LIVE PD AC||A&E||8:00 PM||1,030||0.3|
|SPORTSCENTER MORNING||ESPN||2:01 AM||612||0.3|
|MY LOTTERY DREAM HOME||HOME||9:00 PM||1,690||0.3|
|TROPICAL COP TALES||ADULT SWIM||12:15 AM||573||0.3|
|RACHEL MADDOW SHOW||MSNBC||9:00 PM||2,945||0.3|
|DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES||FOOD||9:00 PM||898||0.2|
|DONT BE TARDY||BRAVO||9:00 PM||669||0.2|
|MAMA JUNE FIRST LOOK||WETV||10:01 PM||645||0.2|
|NBA PRE-GAME||ESPN||7:00 PM||525||0.2|
|GOLD RUSH: THE DIRT SPC||DISCOVERY||8:00 PM||1,309||0.2|
|PARDON THE INTERRUPTION||ESPN||5:30 PM||725||0.2|
|SPORTSCENTER EARLY||ESPN||6:00 PM||497||0.2|
|LIGA MX L: MONARCAS MORELIA / AMERICA||UNIVISION||9:30 PM||453||0.2|
|ANDERSON COOPER 360||CNN||8:00 PM||1,227||0.2|
|ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE SPC||DISCOVERY||11:03 PM||901||0.2|
Source: The Nielsen Company.