The dominance of the first round of the NBA playoffs ran roughshod across the Friday cable ratings.
ESPN’s broadcast of the Oklahoma City Thunder playing the Portland Trail Blazers was far and away the strongest performance of the night, scoring a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49. Compared to when the Trail Blazers played the Denver Nuggets two weeks ago, which was the last time the NBA cracked the top three on a Friday night, this was an improvement of 0.6. “Live PD” on A&E took the second slot, building on last week’s 0.6 to rise to a 0.7, while ESPN’s “SportsCenter 12AM” rounded out the top 3 with a 0.7 itself.
The rest of the night was mostly unexciting. “Gold Rush: Dave Turin’s Lost Mine” was the sole “Gold Rush” entry of the week, falling from 0.3 to 0.2. This was also the domain of “In Plain Sight” on Investigation Discovery and “Ridiculousness” on MTV, both of which matched their prior performances.
“Live PD AC” on A&E held tight to its 0.3, as did “Mama June: From Not to Hot” on WETV. Food Network, on the other hand, had a small resurgence when “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives” clawed its way back from 0.2 to 0.3.
Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Friday, April 19, 2019
|Show||Net||Time||Total viewers (000s)||18-49 rating|
|NBA PLAYOFFS-1ST RD: PORTLAND/OKLAHOMA CITY||ESPN||9:37 PM||2,518||1.0|
|LIVE PD: 200 LIVE PD||A&E||9:00 PM||2,123||0.7|
|SPORTSCENTER 12AM||ESPN||12:17 AM||1,552||0.7|
|NBA PLAYOFFS-1ST RD: TORONTO/ORLANDO||ESPN||7:08 PM||1,632||0.6|
|SPORTSCENTER 1AM||ESPN||1:00 AM||924||0.4|
|LIVE PD AC||A&E||8:06 PM||1,159||0.3|
|NHL QTR FINALS: TORONTO/BOSTON||NBC SPORTS||6:55 PM||969||0.3|
|SPORTSCENTER MORNING||ESPN||2:00 AM||653||0.3|
|DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES||FOOD||9:00 PM||985||0.3|
|PAW PATROL||NICKELODEON||12:00 PM||1,198||0.3|
|NHL QTR FINALS: COLORADO/CALGARY||NBC SPORTS||10:00 PM||712||0.3|
|PARDON THE INTERRUPTION||ESPN||5:30 PM||754||0.3|
|MAMA JUNE FROM NOT TO HOT||WETV||9:00 PM||828||0.3|
|DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES||FOOD||11:00 PM||774||0.3|
|WHAT YOU GET FOR YOUR MONEY||HOME||9:30 PM||1,258||0.2|
|GOLD RUSH: DAVE TURIN||DISCOVERY||10:01 PM||1,194||0.2|
|RYANS MYSTERY PLAYDATE||NICKELODEON||12:30 PM||999||0.2|
|IN PLAIN SIGHT||INVESTIGATION||11:00 PM||781||0.2|
|IN PLAIN SIGHT||INVESTIGATION||11:30 PM||784||0.2|
|SPORTSCENTER EARLY||ESPN||6:00 PM||511||0.2|
|90 DAY FIANCE HEA: FL||TLC||10:30 PM||622||0.2|
|TUCKER CARLSON SPECIAL||FOX NEWS||8:00 PM||2,335||0.2|
|PUPPY DOG PALS||DISNEY||9:30 AM||816||0.2|
Source: The Nielsen Company.