The NBA conference finals secured ESPN an easy win in the Saturday cable ratings this past weekend.

The network’s broadcast of the Portland vs. Golden State game led the night with a 2.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.25 million viewers, double what any of the night’s other broadcasts scored in the demo.

ESPN’s pre-game “NBA Courtside” special came second in the night with a 1.3, while the network’s additional “SportsCenter” and NBA coverage throughout the day claimed the rest of the night’s top 6 spots.

Elsewhere, FOX Sports’ broadcast of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series All-Star race grabbed a 0.4 with 2.44 million viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, May 18, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NBA PLAYOFFS CONF FINALS – PORTLAND/GOLDEN STATE ESPN 9:12 PM 7,247 2.6
NBA COURTSIDE ESPN 9:00 PM 3,991 1.3
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 11:42 PM 2,816 1.1
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 1:00 AM 1,259 0.6
NBA PRE-GAME ESPN 8:00 PM 1,507 0.5
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN 2:00 AM 820 0.4
NASCAR M.E. CUP RACING: ALL-STAR RACE FOX SPORTS 8:19 PM 2,441 0.4
DRAGON BALL SUPER ADULT SWIM 11:00 PM 661 0.3
GO BIG OR GO HOME HOME 2:00 PM 970 0.3
SHO CH BOX: 19 SHOWTIME 11:07 PM 791 0.2
THE KITCHEN AT FN FOOD 11:00 AM 1,187 0.2
BEACHFRONT BARGAIN HUNT RENO HOME 9:00 PM 1,092 0.2
NASCAR RACEDAY FOX SPORTS 7:21 PM 1,538 0.2
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 5:00 PM 830 0.2
PGA CHAMPIONSHIP TNT 11:00 AM 1,182 0.2
PIONEER WOMAN FOOD 10:00 AM 1,030 0.2
HOUSE HUNTERS RENOVATION HOME 10:00 PM 985 0.2
THE LAST 24 INVESTIGATION 11:00 PM 837 0.2
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 9:00 AM 485 0.2
SMALLFOOT HBO 8:00 PM 611 0.2
MURDER DECODED INVEST 10:00 PM 908 0.2
HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: SAILING INTO LOVE HALLMARK 9:00 PM 2,119 0.2
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 10:00 AM 479 0.2
LIGA MX SAT: SF: TIGRES/MONTERREY UNIVISION 7:30 PM 489 0.2
SPORTSCENTER EARLY ESPN 7:00 PM 501 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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