Another Friday night meant another strong outing for the NBA Playoffs.

ESPN held a monopoly across all three of the top slots of the chart, with the highest performance of the night coming from the Golden State Warriors facing off against the Houston Rockets. The game scored a 2.6 rating in adults 18-49, far outpacing the Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers game at the top of last week with its 1.5. “SportsCenter 12AM” took the second slot with a significant boost as well, rising from 0.8 to 1.4.  To round out the top 3, “NBA Courtside” doubled its rating, shooting up from 0.6 to 1.2.

ESPN couldn’t hold the whole chart, however. “Live PD” on A&E managed to maintain a 0.6 yet again, while “Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail” on Discovery kept consistent at 0.3. Both “My Lottery Dream Home” on HGTV and “Live PD: AC” on A&E were returning visitors to 0.3, as well/

HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” landed at 0.2 for the second week in a row, finding company with WETV’s “Mama June: From Not to Hot,” which spent its third week there itself. “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives” on Food Network also failed to recover from a few weeks at 0.2, while “Dark Waters” on Discovery Channel continued to lurk at the same rating.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Friday, May 3, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NBA PLAYOFFS-CONF SEMIS: GOLDEN STATE/HOUSTON ESPN 9:12 PM 7,328 2.6
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 11:39 PM 3,495 1.4
NBA COURTSIDE ESPN 9:00 PM 3,705 1.2
NBA PRE-GAME ESPN 8:00 PM 1,622 0.6
LIVE PD: 207 LIVE PD A&E 9:00 PM 1,906 0.6
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 1:00 AM 1,460 0.6
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN 2:00 AM 951 0.4
SPORTSCENTER EARLY ESPN 7:00 PM 709 0.3
GOLD RUSH:PARKERS TRAIL DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 1,487 0.3
LIVE PD AC A&E 8:06 PM 1,074 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 801 0.3
MY LOTTERY DREAM HOME HOME 9:00 PM 1,468 0.3
SPORTSCENTER EARLY ESPN 6:00 PM 604 0.3
AROUND THE HORN ESPN 5:00 PM 550 0.2
RIDICULOUSNESS MTV 8:31 PM 648 0.2
MAMA JUNE FROM NOT TO HOT WETV 9:00 PM 764 0.2
YOUR PRETTY FACE/HELL ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 448 0.2
SPORTSCENTER AM ESPN 12:00 PM 453 0.2
REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER HBO 10:01 PM 1,463 0.2
FIRST TAKE ESPN 10:00 AM 514 0.2
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 9:00 PM 881 0.2
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 2,349 0.2
RIDICULOUSNESS MTV 8:00 PM 511 0.2
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,572 0.2
DARK WATERS DISCOVERY 10:01 PM 838 0.2

Source: The Nielsen Company.

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