The NBA made a comeback in Thursday night’s cable ratings, retaking the top slot from last week’s champion, “Dr. Pimple Popper.”
The highest performance of the night belonged to TNT’s broadcast of the Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers game, which brought home a 0.9 rating in adults 18-49. This was an improvement of 0.5 from the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans game that served as the peak of last week’s athletic outings.
In second place, the Boston Celtics played the Milwaukee Bucks for a 0.8, while “Dr. Pimple Popper” was pushed all the way down to the third slot with a 0.7. This was the same score the TLC reality series landed at in its previous airing.
Elsewhere, “Beat Bobby Flay” on Food Network remained rock solid at 0.3, as did “Top Chef” on Bravo. “Game of Clones” premiered at 0.2 on MTV, about average for its timeslot and channel, while “Truck Night in America” on History fell from 0.3 to 0.2. A&E’s “60 Days In” kept steady at 0.4, and “Flip or Flop Nashville” on HGTV did the same at 0.3. History Channel’s “Swamp People” maintained a 0.3 but fell from the eighth slot to the thirteenth.
Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Thursday, February 21, 2019
|Show||Net||Time||Total viewers (000s)||18-49 rating|
|NBA BASKETBALL: ROCKETS/LAKERS||TNT||10:39 PM||2,242||0.9|
|NBA BASKETBALL: CELTICS/BUCKS||TNT||8:14 PM||1,908||0.8|
|DR. PIMPLE POPPER||TLC||9:00 PM||3,169||0.7|
|INSIDE THE NBA||TNT||1:08 AM||974||0.5|
|60 DAYS IN||A&E||10:01 PM||962||0.4|
|HANNITY||FOX NEWS||9:00 PM||3,533||0.4|
|NBA TIP-OFF||TNT||8:00 PM||960||0.4|
|HOUSE HUNTERS INTL||HOME||10:30 PM||1,680||0.3|
|BEAT B.FLAY||FOOD||10:00 PM||966||0.3|
|EX ON THE BEACH||MTV||8:00 PM||617||0.3|
|THE FIRST 48||A&E||9:00 PM||1,102||0.3|
|TOP CHEF||BRAVO||8:00 PM||912||0.3|
|SWAMP PEOPLE||HISTORY||9:00 PM||1,605||0.3|
|HOUSE HUNTERS||HOME||10:00 PM||1,531||0.3|
|MARRIAGE BOOT CAMP||WETV||10:00 PM||668||0.3|
|THE FIRST 48||A&E||8:00 PM||1,000||0.3|
|RACHEL MADDOW SHOW||MSNBC||9:00 PM||3,306||0.3|
|TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT||FOX NEWS||8:00 PM||3,120||0.3|
|DEADPOOL 2||HBO||8:00 PM||581||0.3|
|FLIP OR FLOP NASHVILLE||HOME||9:00 PM||1,204||0.3|
|DEAD OF WINTER||INVESTIGATION||10:00 PM||1,234||0.2|
|GAME OF CLONES||MTV||9:01 PM||470||0.2|
|INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE||FOX NEWS||10:00 PM||2,730||0.2|
|TRUCK NIGHT IN AMERICA||HISTORY||10:03 PM||867||0.2|
|CNN TONIGHT||CNN||10:00 PM||1,191||0.2|
Source: The Nielsen Company.