The return of the NBA playoffs to the Monday cable ratings meant that the WWE was forced to fall back from the chart’s top slots.
ESPN held all three of the highest performances of the night, starting with the Golden State Warriors defeating the Portland Trail Blazers. The game scored a 2.8 rating in adults 18-49, handily defeating the top game from two weeks ago, in which the Warriors played the Houston Rockets for a 2.6. In second place, “NBA Courtside” picked up a strong 1.4, and “SportsCenter Late” followed close behind at 1.3.
Beyond the top of the chart, “Monday Night RAW” on USA was forced to take the fourth, fifth, and sixth slots, peaking at 0.9 just like it did last week. “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” on VH1 remained at the 0.7 it slipped to previously, a narrative matched by “Vanderpump Rules” on Bravo at 0.5.
A reunion episode of “Teen Mom” at MTV toppled it from its seemingly perpetual 0.5, pushing it to 0.4. This was the exact same trajectory as “Street Outlaws” on Discovery and “T.I. & Tiny: Family Hustle” on VH1, both of which had previously ascended to 0.5 for a week.
On HBO, “Chernobyl” sunk its teeth into 0.3 once again, while “Best Baker in America” continued at the 0.3 it premiered at. Discovery’s “Diesel Brothers” slipped from 0.4 to 0.3, but back-to-back episodes of “Bargain Mansions” on HGTV earned a pair of 0.2’s.
Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Monday, May 20, 2019
|Show||Net||Time||Total viewers (000s)||18-49 rating|
|NBA PLAYOFFS-CONF FNLS: GOLDEN STATE/PORTLAND||ESPN||9:11 PM||7,788||2.8|
|NBA COURTSIDE||ESPN||9:00 PM||4,099||1.4|
|SPORTSCENTER LATE||ESPN||9:00 PM||3,261||1.3|
|WWE ENTERTAINMENT||USA||8:00 PM||2,681||0.9|
|WWE ENTERTAINMENT||USA||9:00 PM||2,583||0.9|
|WWE ENTERTAINMENT||USA||10:00 PM||2,299||0.8|
|LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA||VH1||8:00 PM||1,454||0.7|
|SPORTSCENTER 1AM||ESPN||1:00 AM||1,311||0.5|
|VANDERPUMP RULES||BRAVO||9:00 PM||1,328||0.5|
|NBA PRE-GAME||ESPN||8:00 PM||1,557||0.5|
|TEEN MOM II REUNION P1||MTV||9:00 PM||805||0.4|
|AMERICAN DAD||TBS||10:00 PM||755||0.4|
|STREET OUTLAWS||DISCOVERY||9:00 PM||1,201||0.4|
|T.I. & TINY:FAM HUSTLE||VH1||9:01 PM||942||0.4|
|SPORTSCENTER MORNING||ESPN||2:00 AM||822||0.3|
|DIESEL BROTHERS||DISCOVERY||10:02 PM||806||0.3|
|BEST BAKER IN AMERICA||FOOD||9:00 PM||1,126||0.3|
|BARGAIN MANSIONS||HOME||9:30 PM||1,119||0.2|
|BARGAIN MANSIONS||HOME||9:00 PM||1,065||0.2|
|SPORTSCENTER PRIME||ESPN||7:00 PM||667||0.2|
|TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT||FOX NEWS||8:00 PM||2,823||0.2|
|RACHEL MADDOW SHOW||MSNBC||9:00 PM||2,710||0.2|
|PARDON THE INTERRUPTION||ESPN||5:30 PM||749||0.2|
|FIRST TAKE||ESPN||10:00 AM||597||0.2|
Source: The Nielsen Company.