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
BLACKKKLANSMAN HBO 8:00 PM 962 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
CHOPPED FOOD 8:00 PM 752 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
CHOPPED FOOD 7:00 PM 668 0.2

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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