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|
|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.