It was a night of premieres in the Thursday cable ratings this week, but it was this year’s NBA draft that scored the top spot of the night. The ESPN broadcast peaked with a 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 3.07 million viewers, but started off with a 0.8, both of which landed it in the top 3 of the night. Meanwhile, MTV’s “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation” was able to maintain its previous 1.0 yet again.

On USA, the season 3 premiere of “Queen of the South” scored a 0.4, the same as its season 2 premiere. However, the third season premiere of “Shooter” (0.3) was down one-tenth from the 0.4 of its season 2 premiere last year. Following its return last week, the History Channel’s “Alone” was steady at 0.3. Bravo’s “Southern Charm” similarly maintained a 0.5, while VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” dipped one-tenth to a 0.3.

After taking a hit last week as well, Freeform’s “Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger” landed outside of the top 25 yet again but held steady with a 0.2 for the second week in a row.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Thursday, June 21, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NBA DRAFT ESPN 7:30 PM 3,066 1.3
JERSEY SHORE FAM VACATION MTV 8:00 PM 1,662 1.0
NBA DRAFT ESPN 7:00 PM 2,032 0.8
SOUTHERN CHARM BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,491 0.5
EX ON THE BEACH MTV 9:01 PM 862 0.5
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH USA 9:00 PM 1,240 0.4
SPORTSCENTER 12AM L ESPN 12:03 AM 888 0.4
BEAT B.FLAY FOOD 10:00 PM 1,087 0.4
FLIP OR FLOP HOME 9:00 PM 1,957 0.3
FIFA WORLD CUP GS L FOX SPORTS 7:41 AM 854 0.3
SPORTSCENTER EARLY ESPN 6:00 PM 748 0.3
ALONE HISTORY 10:03 PM 1,296 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,685 0.3
PRIMAL INSTINCT INVEST 10:00 PM 1,227 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,158 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 1:03 AM 570 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,613 0.3
LIVE PD: POLICE PATROL A&E 9:31 PM 1,036 0.3
SHOOTER USA 10:00 PM 924 0.3
RUPAULS DRAG RACE VH1 8:00 PM 632 0.3
LIVE PD: POLICE PATROL A&E 10:02 PM 974 0.3
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 2,532 0.3
MURDER CALLS INVEST 9:00 PM 1,119 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1,438 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 678 0.3

 

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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