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.

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