A pair of NBA games captured the top spots in this week’s Thursday cable ratings.

TNT’s broadcast of the Lakers vs. Bucks game topped Thursday’s cable chart with a 1.1 rating in the adults 18-49 demo and 2.78 million viewers, while the network’s broadcast of the later game between the Rockets and the Clippers placed second with a 0.8 rating and 1.88 million viewers. CNN’s broadcast of the latest Democratic Debate, which also aired on PBS, rounded out the night’s top 3 with a 0.7 and 4.09 million viewers.

Elsewhere, MTV’s “Floribama Shore” managed to tick up from its previous 0.3 to a 0.4. On USA, a pair of new episodes of “Temptation Island” scored back-to-back 0.3 ratings, matching its episode from a week ago. Meanwhile, A&E’s “Live PD Presents: PD Cam” (0.4) rose one-tenth week-to-week, as did “Live PD: Wanted” (0.4).

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Thursday, December 19, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NBA BASKETBALL – LAKERS/BUCKS TNT 8:01 PM 2,782 1.1
NBA BASKETBALL – ROCKETS/CLIPPERS TNT 10:36 PM 1,879 0.8
PBS/POLITICO LA DEMOCRAT DEBATE CNN 8:00 PM 4,089 0.7
COURT CAM A&E 9:00 PM 1,922 0.5
DEM DEBATE POST ANALYSIS CNN 10:37 PM 3,158 0.5
COURT CAM A&E 9:30 PM 1,778 0.5
LIVE PD: PD CAM SPECIALS A&E 8:00 PM 1,509 0.4
LIVE PD: WANTED A&E 10:00 PM 1,308 0.4
FLORIBAMA SHORE MTV 8:00 PM 655 0.4
INSIDE THE NBA TNT 1:14 AM 802 0.3
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 3,620 0.3
DEM DEBATE POST ANALYSIS CNN 10:57 PM 1,835 0.3
FX ORIGINAL MOVIE: A CHRISTMAS CAROL FX 7:30 PM 1,338 0.3
TEMPTATION ISLAND USA 9:00 PM 771 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,758 0.3
DAILY SHOW COMEDY 11:00 PM 774 0.3
TEMPTATION ISLAND USA 10:01 PM 710 0.3
THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS 10:00 PM 3,536 0.3
THE STORY FOX NEWS 7:00 PM 2,857 0.3
DR. PIMPLE POPPER: FIRST TLC 10:00 PM 1,409 0.3
NBA PRE-GAME SHOW TNT 7:00 PM 602 0.3
THE FIVE FOX NEWS 5:00 PM 3,287 0.2
SPECIAL RPT WITH BRET BAIER FOX NEWS 6:00 PM 2,914 0.2
FOX AND FRIENDS FOX NEWS 8:00 AM 2,351 0.2
AMERICAS NEWSROOM FOX NEWS 11:00 AM 2,294 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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