Last night, not only did the NBA once more display its dominance over the Thursday night cable ratings, it improved the margin of its lead.

To take the top slot, the LA Lakers played the Boston Celtics, bringing in a full 1.0 rating in adults 18-49 for ESPN. This was one-tenth of a point higher than when the 76ers played the Warriors last week. In second place, TLC’s “Dr. Pimple Popper” held onto its 0.8, which was enough to ensure that it was the sole non-athletic entry in the entire top 5.

For third place, the San Antonio Spurs battled the Portland Trail Blazers, with the ensuing 0.6 it scored being 0.1 higher than the Raptors vs. Bucks game that previously occupied the slot.

Further along the line, MTV’s “Floribama Shore” underperformed itself again, sinking from the 0.4 it had recovered to last week to land back at 0.3. “Top Chef” on Bravo remained fixed at 0.3, while “The First 48 Presents: Homicide Squad Atlanta” on A&E climbed back to 0.4 after being mired at 0.3 for the past two weeks.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Thursday, February 7, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NBA BASKETBALL: LAKERS/CELTICS TNT 8:13 PM 2,637 1.0
DR. PIMPLE POPPER TLC 9:00 PM 3,430 0.8
NBA BASKETBALL: SPURS/TRAILBLAZERS TNT 10:39 PM 1,381 0.6
NBA TIP-OFF TNT 7:47 PM 1,223 0.5
NBA ALL-STAR DRAFT TNT 7:00 PM 912 0.4
F48: HOMICIDE SQUAD ATL A&E 9:00 PM 1,138 0.4
60 DAYS IN A&E 10:01 PM 929 0.4
THE FIRST 48 A&E 8:00 PM 1,177 0.3
FLORIBAMA SHORE MTV 9:01 PM 606 0.3
TOP CHEF BRAVO 8:00 PM 934 0.3
LOUD HOUSE NICKELODEON 5:00 PM 1,223 0.3
SWAMP PEOPLE HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,525 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 3,320 0.3
EX ON THE BEACH MTV 8:00 PM 594 0.3
DEAD OF WINTER INVESTIGATION 10:00PM 1,384 0.3
BEAT B.FLAY FOOD 10:00 PM 947 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,428 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1,467 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,344 0.3
TRUCK NIGHT IN AMERICA HISTORY 10:03 PM 943 0.3
DEADLY SECRETS INVESTIGATION 9:00 PM 1,216 0.3
FLIP OR FLOP NASHVILLE HOME 9:00 PM 1,196 0.3
INSIDE THE NBA TNT 12:58 AM 581 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 831 0.3
MARRIAGE BOOT CAMP WETV 10:00 PM 597 0.2

Source: The Nielsen Company.

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