The NBA playoffs have dominated the cable ratings since they started, and Thursday night was no exception.

The biggest game of the night came from ESPN, with the Toronto Raptors playing the Philadelphia 76ers for a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49. This was a good deal lower than last week’s top sporting event, the NFL Draft, which grabbed a 2.0.

Nonetheless, it far outpaced all competition; second place was taken by the NBC Sports Network as the Boston Bruins annihilated the Columbus Blue Jackets in an NHL semi-final game for a 0.7. “SportsCenter 12AM” on ESPN rounded out the top 3, picking up a second consecutive 0.7.

Elsewhere, “Double Shot at Love” on MTV didn’t recover from the ground it lost at 0.3, but it didn’t sink any further, either. “Impractical Jokers” on TRUTV battled its way back from 0.2 to 0.3, matching the exact trajectory of “Beat Bobby Flay” on Food Network. Bravo’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” held the line at 0.3, even as “Project Runway” hemorrhaged one-tenth of a point and slipped to 02 on the same channel.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Thursday, May 2, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NBA PLAYOFFS-CONF SEMIS: TORONTO/PHILADELPHIA ESPN 8:12 PM 3,931 1.4
NHL SEMI FINALS: BOSTON/COLUMBUS NBC SPORTS 7:26 PM 1,987 0.7
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 10:42 PM 1,588 0.7
NBA COURTSIDE ESPN 8:00 PM 1,782 0.6
NHL SEMI FINALS: SAN JOSE/COLORADO NBC SPORTS 10:18 PM 1,305 0.5
LIVE PD SPECIALS A&E 9:00 PM 1,358 0.4
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 12:00 AM 780 0.3
DOUBLE SHOT AT LOVE MTV 8:00 PM 522 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,576 0.3
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRUTV 10:00 PM 514 0.3
BEAT B.FLAY FOOD 10:00 PM 752 0.3
LIVE PD SPECIALS A&E 8:00 PM 1,059 0.3
RUPAULS DRAG RACE VH1 9:00 PM 498 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,799 0.3
NBA PRE-GAME ESPN 7:00 PM 668 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 1:00 AM 550 0.2
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1,418 0.2
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 3,119 0.2
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,281 0.2
FLIP OR FLOP VEGAS HOME 9:00 PM 1,098 0.2
SWAMP PEOPLE HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,361 0.2
FACE OF EVIL, THE INVESTIGATION 10:00 PM 879 0.2
INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS 10:00 PM 2,818 0.2
PROJECT RUNWAY BRAVO 9:00 PM 921 0.2
UNTUCKED VH1 10:30 PM 393 0.2

Source: The Nielsen Company.

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