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.

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