The NBA playoffs continued their absolute domination of the cable ratings on Friday night.

Unsurprisingly, the top broadcast of the night came from ESPN, with the Denver Nuggets playing the Portland Trail Blazers for a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49. This was an increase of 0.1 from last week’s top game, in which the Trail Blazers found themselves facing off against the Oklahoma City Thunder. In second place, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics went to battle for a second 1.5 rating, and, rounding out the top 3, “SportsCenter 12 AM” grabbed a 0.8 compared to last week’s 0.7.

The rest of the chart was less ESPN-centric. “Live PD” on A&E fell from the fourth slot to the fifth while maintaining a 0.6 rating, and Discovery’s “Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail” raked in a 0.3. Also at 0.3 were typical veterans “My Lottery Dream Home” on HGTV and A&E’s “Live PD: AC,” neither having moved since last week.

On HBO, “Real Time with Bill Maher” sank back to 0.2 from 0.3, where “Mama June: From Not to Hot” of WETV sat for the second week in a row. “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives” also failed to mount its usual 0.3 threshold, remaining at 0.2 once again.

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: DENVER/PORTLAND ESPN 10:51 PM 3,651 1.5
NBA PLAYOFFS-CONF SEMIS: MILWAUKEE/BOSTON ESPN 8:10 PM 4,057 1.5
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 2:16 AM 1,610 0.8
NBA COURTSIDE ESPN 8:00 PM 1,917 0.6
LIVE PD: 205 LIVE PD A&E 9:00 PM 1,875 0.6
NHL SEMI FINALS L: DALLAS/ST. LOUIS NBC SPORTS 9:41 PM 1,143 0.5
NHL SEMI FINALS L: NY ISLANDERS/CAROLINA NBC SPORTS 6:59 PM 1,017 0.3
GOLD RUSH:PARKERS TRAIL DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 1,399 0.3
LIVE PD AC A&E 8:06 PM 1,057 0.3
MY LOTTERY DREAM HOME HOME 9:00 PM 1,494 0.3
NBA PRE-GAME ESPN 7:00 PM 714 0.3
YOUR PRETTY FACE/HELL ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 523 0.3
YOUR PRETTY FACE/HELL ADULT SWIM 12:15 AM 494 0.3
MAMA JUNE FROM NOT TO HOT WETV 9:00 PM 756 0.2
REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER HBO 10:01 PM 1,532 0.2
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 8:00 PM 740 0.2
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 9:00 PM 728 0.2
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 623 0.2
NHL LIVE POST SEMI FINALS NBC SPORTS 12:25 AM 386 0.2
DARK WATERS DISCOVERY 10:02 PM 688 0.2
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 2,750 0.2
RIDICULOUSNESS MTV 8:00 PM 459 0.2
AROUND THE HORN ESPN 5:00 PM 453 0.2
OFFICE, THE NICK-AT-NITE 10:00 PM 434 0.2
OFFICE, THE NICK-AT-NITE 10:30 PM 366 0.2

Source: The Nielsen Company.

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