It was another strong Friday for ESPN and the NBA.

The top performer on Friday’s cable ratings was a Denver Nuggets vs. Golden State Warriors game, pulling in a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49. Despite topping everything else that night, it was not enough to beat last week’s Bucks vs. Lakers game, which brought in a 0.9.

Across the rest of the top 3, “Gold Rush” on Discovery roared back from its slip-up last week, raking in a 0.7 to return the series to the second slot. It had previously fallen to 0.5. “Live PD” built on its typical 0.6 to score a 0.7, although this wasn’t enough to move it from the third slot.

Farther down, “Gold Rush: White Water” improved by the same margin as its sister-series, moving from 0.4 to 0.6. ESPN’s “After the Buzzer” was pushed to the sixth slot when it dropped from 0.7 to 0.5, unlike “Love After Lockup” on WETV, which broke free from its run at 0.3 to reach 0.4. “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives” on Food Network recovered from last week’s 0.2 to return to a 0.3, matching HGTV’s “My Lottery Dream Home.”

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Friday, March 8, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NBA REGULAR SEASON – DENVER/GOLDEN STATE ESPN 10:35 PM 2,000 0.8
GOLD RUSH DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 2,722 0.7
LIVE PD: 192 LIVE PD A&E 9:00 PM 1,939 0.7
GOLD RUSH: WHITE WATER DISCOVERY 10:02 PM 2,113 0.6
NBA REGULAR SEASON – PHILADELPHIA/HOUSTON ESPN 8:15 PM 1,533 0.6
NBA AFTER THE BUZZER ESPN 1:06 AM 1,278 0.5
LOVE AFTER LOCKUP WETV 9:00 PM 1,081 0.4
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 1:21 AM 896 0.4
NBA COURTSIDE ESPN 8:00 PM 991 0.4
MY LOTTERY DREAM HOME HOME 9:00 PM 1,805 0.3
REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER HBO 10:00 PM 1,560 0.3
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN 2:00 AM 621 0.3
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 9:00 PM 993 0.3
KRFT PUNKS POLITICAL PRTY ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 430 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 732 0.2
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 2,682 0.2
LUCKY NICKELODEON 7:00 PM 987 0.2
SECRETS OF THE MORGUE INVESTIGATION 11:00 PM 833 0.2
NICK CANNON WILDNOUT MTV 8:31 PM 409 0.2
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,220 0.2
SECRETS OF THE MORGUE INVESTIGATION 10:00 PM 838 0.2
SPORTSCENTER EARLY ESPN 6:00 PM 456 0.2
DONT BE TARDY BRAVO 9:00 PM 542 0.2
NICK CANNON WILDNOUT MTV 8:00 PM 376 0.2
FIVE, THE FOX NEWS 5:00 PM 2,435 0.2

Source: The Nielsen Company.

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