ESPN absolutely dominated the Friday cable ratings last week. The network scored all 5 of the top spots of the night, starting with its live broadcast of the Boston vs Cleveland NBA conference final game, which raked in a 2.9 rating in adults 18-49 with 8.09 million viewers. ESPN’s additional “SportsCenter” and pre-game special broadcasts followed behind with 1.2 – 0.5s.

Meanwhile, it was a down night for the Discovery Channel, as both “Battlebots” and “Bering Sea Gold” fell one-tenth from their previous 0.3s to 0.2s this time around. The History Channel’s “Ancient Aliens,” however, was able to score the same 0.2 rating as its previous episode, with 1.10 million viewers.

Outside of the top 25, the Paramount Network’s Friday night “Bellator MMA” broadcast managed to rake in a 0.2 with 421,000 viewers as well.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Friday, May 25, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NBA PLAYOFFS – CONF FINLS ESPN 8:34 PM 8,089 2.9
SPORTSCENTER 12AM L ESPN 11:08 PM 2,813 1.2
SPORTSCENTER 12AM L ESPN 12:21 AM 1,407 0.6
NBA PRE-GAME L ESPN 7:30 PM 1,536 0.6
SPORTSCENTER 1AM L ESPN 1:00 AM 1,023 0.5
DINERS, DRIVE-INS, AND DIVES FOOD 9:00 PM 1,049 0.3
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN 2:00 AM 744 0.3
THUNDERMANS NICK-AT-NITE 8:00 PM 1,407 0.3
THUNDERMANS NICKELODEON 6:30 PM 1,329 0.3
PAW PATROL NICKELODEON 12:00 PM 1,103 0.3
THUNDERSMANS NICKELODEON 6:00 PM 1,300 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,368 0.3
THUNDERMANS NICKELODEON 7:00 PM 1,277 0.2
THUNDERMANS NICKELODEON 7:30 PM 1,363 0.2
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 587 0.2
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1,427 0.2
BERING SEA GOLD DISCOVERY 9:01 PM 1,076 0.2
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 2,300 0.2
BATTLEBOTS DISCOVERY 8:00 PM 939 0.2
TOP WING NICKELODEON 12:30 PM 829 0.2
SPORTSCENTER EARLY ESPN 6:00 PM 496 0.2
ANCIENT ALIENS HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,104 0.2
AROUND THE HORN ESPN 5:00 PM 408 0.2
FOX AND FRIENDS FOX NEWS 8:00 AM 1,870 0.2
FIVE, THE FOX NEWS 5:00 PM 1,970 0.2

 

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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