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|
Source: The Nielsen Company.