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|
|PAW PATROL||NICKELODEON||12:00 PM||1,103||0.3|
|HOUSE HUNTERS||HOME||10:00 PM||1,368||0.3|
|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|
|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.