“Game of Thrones” continued to easily dominate the Sunday cable ratings this week, but did slip from its season premiere’s ratings.
In its second week back, the HBO fantasy series raked in a 4.4 rating in adults 18-49 with 10.29 million viewers, down from the 5.0 rating and 11.76 million viewers that its season premiere scored in its initial airing. That’s a slightly larger second week drop than the show experienced in its seventh season back in 2017, after falling from a 4.7 with 10.11 million viewers to a 4.3 with 9.27 million viewers (-0.4, -835,000).
With streaming and replays factored in, the show’s Sunday night episode grew to a 15.9 million viewer audience, also lower than its season premiere’s series high 17.4 million viewer audience, which included two replays as opposed to the most recent episode’s one.
Also on HBO, “Thrones” lifted “Barry” to new series highs yet again, up from its previous episode’s 0.7 rating and 1.78 million viewers to a 0.8 with 1.94 million viewers this time around. “Last Week Tonight” ticked up from a 0.4 to a 0.5 as well, and “Veep” held steady with another 0.4.
However, it was TNT’s broadcast of the Trailblazers vs. Thunder (1.5, 3.74 million) NBA playoff game that took the night’s no. 2 spot, while the network’s broadcast of the earlier Raptors vs. Magic (1.0, 2.69 million) rounding out the night’s top 3. Elsewhere, Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” (0.6) fell two-tenths, and E!’s “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” returned from a week off with a 0.4.
Outside of the top 25, “Killing Eve” rose from a 0.1 to a 0.2 with 620,000 viewers on AMC, but its BBC America broadcast fell from a 0.1 to a 0.04 with 361,000 viewers. Showtime’s “Billions” (0.2) stayed steady week-to-week, as did Starz’s “American Gods” (0.1).
Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Sunday, April 21, 2019
|Show||Net||Time||Total viewers (000s)||18-49 rating|
|GAME OF THRONES||HBO||9:02 PM||10,287||4.4|
|NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – TRAILBLAZERS/THUNDER||TNT||9:38 PM||3,744||1.5|
|NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – RAPTORS/MAGIC||TNT||7:08 PM||2,693||1.0|
|INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS||TNT||12:09 AM||1,565||0.7|
|REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA||BRAVO||8:00 PM||1,668||0.6|
|LAST WEEK TONIGHT||HBO||11:05 PM||1,307||0.5|
|NHL QTR FINALS – SAN JOSE/LAS VEGAS||NBC SPORTS||7:03 PM||1,300||0.4|
|NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME||TNT||6:30 PM||1,078||0.4|
|KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS||E!||9:00 PM||895||0.4|
|WORST COOKS IN AMERICA||FOOD||9:00 PM||1,370||0.4|
|LAZOR WULF||ADULT SWIM||12:00 AM||661||0.4|
|HOW CLOSE CAN I BEACH||HOME||8:30 PM||1,475||0.3|
|NAKED AND AFRAID||DISCOVERY||8:00 PM||1,433||0.3|
|HOW CLOSE CAN I BEACH||HOME||8:00 PM||1,395||0.3|
|ON THE CASE WITH PZ||INVEST||10:00 PM||1,281||0.3|
|CARIBBEAN LIFE||HOME||9:00 PM||1,440||0.3|
|SISTER WIVES TELL ALL||TLC||8:00 PM||1,301||0.3|
|SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND||ESPN||11:00 AM||740||0.3|
|MLB SUNDAY NIGHT – ATLANTA/CLEVELAND||ESPN||7:00 PM||1,091||0.3|
|ISLAND LIFE||HOME||10:00 PM||1,481||0.3|
|SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND||ESPN||12:00 PM||701||0.3|
|ISLAND LIFE||HOME||10:30 PM||1,457||0.3|
|MARRIED TO MEDICINE LA||BRAVO||9:00 PM||763||0.3|
Source: The Nielsen Company.