As it usually does, ESPN’s coverage of the NFL Draft landed several of the top spots in the Thursday cable ratings this week. The network’s coverage of the Draft itself scored a 2.8 rating in adults 18-49, one-tenth higher than the 2.7 it scored in 2016. In addition, some post-Draft “SportsCenter” episodes grabbed 0.8, 0.6, and 0.5 ratings throughout the night.

The NFL Network’s coverage of the Draft found its way near the top of the night with a 1.0 as well, one-tenth higher than the network’s coverage of it last year. TNT’s continual coverage of the NBA Playoffs also raked in 1.1 and 0.7 ratings for the network.

TruTV’s “Impractical Jokers” fell three-tenths from a 0.7 to a 0.4. Meanwhile, both “Swamp People” (0.4) and “Lip Sync Battle” (0.3) fell one-tenth from their previous ratings.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Thursday, April 27, 2017

Show Net Time Total Viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NFL DRAFT ESPN 7:59 PM 6,681 2.8
NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 9:56 PM 3,043 1.1
NFL DRAFT NFL NETWORK 8:00 PM 2,528 1.0
SPORTSCENTER 12AM L ESPN 11:49 PM 1,730 0.8
NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 7:09 PM 1,885 0.7
SPORTSCENTER SPECIAL ESPN 7:00 PM 1,509 0.6
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT 12:26 AM 1,513 0.6
NHL SEMI-FINALS NBC SPORTS 7:34 PM 1,423 0.6
NFL DRAFT KICKOFF NFL NETWORK 7:30 PM 1,137 0.5
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 1:30 AM 864 0.5
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRUTV 10:00 PM 784 0.4
NFL TOTAL ACCESS NFL NETWORK 11:48 PM 752 0.4
SWAMP PEOPLE HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,842 0.4
FEAR THY NEIGHBOR INVEST 9:00 PM 1,127 0.4
60 DAYS IN A&E 9:00 PM 863 0.3
DAILY SHOW COMEDY CENTRAL 11:00 PM 986 0.3
MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT LIFETIME 9:00 PM 1,027 0.3
BRAXTON FAMILY VALUES WETV 9:00 PM 856 0.3
60 DAYS IN A&E 10:01 PM 806 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 679 0.3
SPORTSCENTER EARLY ESPN 6:00 PM 586 0.3
LIP SYNC BATTLE SPIKE 10:00 PM 649 0.3
FLIP OR FLOP VEGAS HOME 9:00 PM 1,277 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,187 0.3
NFL DRAFT RED CARPET NFL NETWORK 6:00 PM 655 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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