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|
|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.