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.