As with nearly every other day this week, the king of the Thursday cable ratings was the NBA.
ESPN and its playoffs-related programming ran the table on the top 3 slots of the chart, with the most significant entry coming from the Golden State Warriors playing the Portland Trail Blazers. The game nabbed a 2.9 rating in adults 18-49, rocketing far beyond the 1.5 picked up by the 76ers vs. Raptors match at the top of last week. “NBA Courtside” filled in the second slot, doubling its previous 0.7 to reach 1.4, while “SportsCenter 12AM” rounded out the top 3 by moving from 0.7 to 1.2.
Farther down the chart, “Double Shot at Love” on MTV managed to cling to the 0.4 it rose to last week, while A&E’s “The First 48” sank from 0.4 to 0.3. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on VH1 and “Swamp People” on History Channel both maintained a 0.3, while Food Network’s “Beat Bobby Flay” and TRUTV’s “Impractical Jokers” both slipped from 0.3 to 0.2.
“Project Runway,” on the other hand, managed to stay on the chart this week, but couldn’t break free from 0.2. HGTV debuted a new season of “Caribbean Life” at 0.2, the same score Lifetime’s “Little Women: Atlanta” held at.
Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Thursday, May 16, 2019
|Show||Net||Time||Total viewers (000s)||18-49 rating|
|NBA PLAYOFFS-CONF FNLS: PORTLAND/GOLDEN STATE||ESPN||9:10 PM||7,877||2.9|
|NBA COURTSIDE||ESPN||9:00 PM||4,048||1.4|
|SPORTSCENTER 12AM||ESPN||11:38 PM||2,847||1.2|
|NHL CONFERENCE FINALS: BOSTON/CAROLINA||NBC SPORTS||7:56 PM||1,860||0.6|
|NBA PRE-GAME||ESPN||8:00 PM||1,645||0.6|
|SPORTSCENTER 1AM||ESPN||1:01 AM||1,214||0.6|
|DOUBLE SHOT AT LOVE||MTV||8:00 PM||735||0.4|
|SPORTSCENTER MORNING||ESPN||2:00 AM||816||0.4|
|THE FIRST 48||A&E||8:00 PM||1,049||0.3|
|RUPAULS DRAG RACE||VH1||9:00 PM||564||0.3|
|LIGA MX THU: SF: AMERICA / LEON||UNIVISION||9:00 PM||604||0.3|
|SWAMP PEOPLE SPECIALS||HISTORY||9:00 PM||1,251||0.3|
|FACE OF EVIL, THE||INVESTIGATION||10:00 PM||986||0.2|
|SPORTSCENTER EARLY||ESPN||7:00 PM||596||0.2|
|TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT||FOX NEWS||8:00 PM||2,648||0.2|
|HANNITY||FOX NEWS||9:00 PM||3,099||0.2|
|PARDON THE INTERRUPTION||ESPN||5:30 PM||593||0.2|
|IMPRACTICAL JOKERS||TRUTV||9:00 PM||379||0.2|
|BEAT B.FLAY||FOOD||10:00 PM||710||0.2|
|PROJECT RUNWAY||BRAVO||9:00 PM||886||0.2|
|LITTLE WOMEN ATL||LIFETIME||9:00 PM||653||0.2|
|HOUSE HUNTERS||HOME||10:00 PM||1,226||0.2|
|RACHEL MADDOW SHOW||MSNBC||9:00 PM||2,486||0.2|
|INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE||FOX NEWS||10:00 PM||2,293||0.2|
|CARIBBEAN LIFE||HOME||9:00 PM||1,007||0.2|
Source: The Nielsen Company.