As it does every year, the NFL Draft easily captured the top spot in the Thursday cable ratings last night. ESPN’s live broadcast of the Draft scored a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49, down seven-tenths from the 2.8 that its broadcast scored last year. The NFL Network’s coverage of the event landed fairly high in the ratings as well, with a 0.8 and just over 2 million total viewers. On The History Channel, “Swamp People” took a minor hit and dropped one-tenth from its previous 0.4 to a 0.3.

Similarly, Bravo’s “Southern Charm” dropped one-tenth to a 0.4, while VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” maintained its recent 0.4 streak yet again. FX’s “Atlanta” fell out of the top 25 after ticking down another tenth to a 0.2 this week with 487,000 viewers,  and Freeform’s “Siren”  landed below it with a 0.2 as well, also down from its previous 0.3.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Thursday, April 26, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NFL DRAFT ESPN 7:55 PM 5,336 2.1
JERSEY SHORE FAM VACATION MTV 8:00 PM 1,449 0.9
NBA PLAYOFFS – ROUND 1 TNT 8:13 PM 2,408 0.8
NFL DRAFT: 2018 DAY 1 NFL NETWORK 8:00 PM 2,005 0.8
SPORTSCENTER SPECIAL ESPN 7:00 PM 1,639 0.7
SPORTSCENTER 12AM L ESPN 11:41 PM 1,463 0.6
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 10:44 PM 1,417 0.6
NHL SEMI FINALS L NBC SPORTS 7:03 PM 1,398 0.5
EX ON THE BEACH MTV 9:00 PM 725 0.4
NHL LIVE POST SEMI FINALS NBC SPORTS 9:43 PM 1,156 0.4
RUPAULS DRAG RACE VH1 8:00 PM 771 0.4
SOUTHERN CHARM BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,141 0.4
NFL DRAFT KICKOFF NFL NETWORK 7:30 PM 1,039 0.4
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 1:00 AM 746 0.3
UNTUCKED VH1 9:30 PM 581 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,127 0.3
NHL SEMI FINALS L NBC SPORTS 10:00 PM 799 0.3
SWAMP PEOPLE HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,566 0.3
TRUCK NIGHT IN AMERICA HISTORY 10:03 PM 902 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,960 0.3
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRUTV 10:00 PM 554 0.3
INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS 10:00 PM 2,532 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1,469 0.3
NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME TNT 8:00 PM 1,053 0.3
BRAXTON FAMILY VALUES WETV 9:00 PM 879 0.3

 

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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