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.

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