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
RIDICULOUSNESS MTV 8:00 PM 475 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
RIDICULOUSNESS MTV 8:31 PM 426 0.2
PUPPY DOG PALS DISNEY 9:30 AM 816 0.2

Source: The Nielsen Company.

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