ESPN and TNT dominated the Saturday cable ratings this past weekend with their continued coverage of the NBA playoffs.
ESPN’s broadcast of the Houston vs. Utah game led the night with a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.19 million viewers. Its broadcast of the earlier Milwaukee vs. Detroit game came third with a 0.9 and 2,48 million viewers, while TNT’s broadcasts of the Nuggets vs. Spurs (1.1, 2.78 million) and 76ers vs. Nets (0.8, 2.13 million) games were the night’s second and fourth-highest-rated broadcasts.
Additionally, A&E’s “Live PD” posted a 0.7, matching its rating from the previous Saturday, and NBC Sports’ broadcast of the NHL game between Winnipeg and St. Louis landed just barely in the night’s top 25 with a 0.2 and 577,000 viewers.
Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, April 20, 2019
|Show||Net||Time||Total viewers (000s)||18-49 rating|
|NBA PLAYOFFS 1ST RD – HOUSTON/UTAH||ESPN||10:39 PM||3,193||1.2|
|NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – NUGGETS/SPURS||TNT||5:38 PM||2,781||1.1|
|NBA PLAYOFFS 1ST RD – MILWAUKEE/DETROIT||ESPN||8:09 PM||2,481||0.9|
|NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – 76ERS/NETS||TNT||3:00 PM||2,133||0.8|
|SPORTSCENTER 1AM||ESPN||1:26 AM||1,685||0.8|
|LIVE PD: 201 LIVE PD||A&E||9:00 PM||2,163||0.7|
|SPORTSCENTER MORNING||ESPN||2:00 AM||951||0.5|
|HOW HIGH 2||MTV||9:00 PM||801||0.4|
|DRAGON BALL SUPER||ADULT SWIM||11:00 PM||787||0.4|
|LIVE PD AC||A&E||8:06 PM||1,168||0.4|
|SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND||ESPN||12:00 PM||638||0.3|
|SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND||ESPN||10:00 AM||636||0.3|
|RESTAURANT IMPOSSIBLE||FOOD||9:00 PM||1,069||0.3|
|SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND||ESPN||11:00 AM||582||0.2|
|MURDER DECODED||INVEST||10:00 PM||981||0.2|
|SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND||ESPN||9:00 AM||557||0.2|
|DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES||FOOD||10:00 PM||717||0.2|
|GAME SHAKERS||NICKELODEON||8:00 PM||848||0.2|
|THE KITCHEN AT FN||FOOD||11:00 AM||1,207||0.2|
|DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES||FOOD||11:00 PM||657||0.2|
|NHL QTR FINALS – WINNIPEG/ST. LOUIS||NBC SPORTS||7:04 PM||577||0.2|
|PIONEER WOMAN||FOOD||10:30 AM||1,186||0.2|
Source: The Nielsen Company.