Like in previous weeks, it was the NBA playoffs that landed on top in the Friday cable ratings this week. ESPN’s back-to-back live broadcasts of the Warriors vs Pelicans and Rockets vs Jazz games led with 1.4 and 1.3 ratings in adults 18-49, similar to what the playoff games from the previous Friday night had scored. Meanwhile, the NBC Sports Network’s coverage of the NHL semi-finals also landed fairly high in the ratings, with 0.5 and 0.4s.
Additionally, HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” took a minor hit this time around, falling one-tenth from a 0.4 to a 0.3 with 1.499 million viewers. It was the same story with The Discovery Channel’s “Bering Sea Gold” as well, which dropped a tenth to a 0.2.
Also on the Discovery Channel, “Gold Rush: Parker’s Trail” (0.2) fell three-tenths, and A&E’s “Live PD” maintained its previous 0.6 yet again.
Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Friday, May 4, 2018
|Show||Net||Time||Total viewers (000s)||18-49 rating|
|NBA PLAYOFFS||ESPN||8:00 PM||4,160||1.4|
|NBA PLAYOFFS||ESPN||10:34 PM||3,472||1.3|
|SPORTSCENTER 12AM L||ESPN||12:55 AM||1,505||0.7|
|LIVE PD: 115 LIVE PD||A&E||9:00 PM||1,769||0.6|
|NHL SEMI FINALS L||NBC SPORTS||7:03 PM||1,522||0.5|
|NHL SEMI FINALS L||NBC SPORTS||10:10 PM||1,067||0.4|
|REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER||HBO||10:00 PM||1,499||0.3|
|NBA PRE-GAME L||ESPN||7:00 PM||777||0.3|
|RACHEL MADDOW SHOW||MSNBC||9:00 PM||2,586||0.3|
|BERING SEA GOLD||DISCOVERY||10:02 PM||1,120||0.2|
|ANCIENT ALIENS||HISTORY||9:00 PM||1,034||0.2|
|GOLD RUSH: PARKERS TRAIL||DISCOVERY||9:00 PM||1,237||0.2|
|DINERS, DRIVE-INS, AND DIVES||FOOD||9:00 PM||935||0.2|
|PARDON THE INTERRUPTION||ESPN||5:30 PM||652||0.2|
|FIRST TAKE L||ESPN||10:00 AM||488||0.2|
|HOUSE HUNTERS||HOME||10:00 PM||1,186||0.2|
|TEEN TITANS GO||CARTOON||6:00 PM||792||0.2|
|TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT||FOX NEWS||8:00 PM||2,384||0.2|
|MIGHT MAGISWORDS||CARTOON||6:15 AM||504||0.2|
|SPORTSCENTER EARLY||ESPN||6:00 PM||467||0.2|
|TESLA FILES, THE||HISTORY||10:03 PM||938||0.2|
|HIGHLY QUESTIONABLE||ESPN||4:30 PM||439||0.2|
|HOUSE HUNTERS INTL||HOME||10:30 PM||1,171||0.2|
|LAST WORD W/L. ODONNELL||MSNBC||10:00 PM||1,680||0.2|
Source: The Nielsen Company.