It should not have surprised anyone that the Thursday cable ratings were once again dominated by the NBA playoffs.
TNT held sway over the premier slots of the chart, starting out with the Toronto Raptors playing the Milwaukee Bucks for a 2.3 rating in adults 18-49. This was a good deal lower than the 2.9 from last week’s top game, when the Portland Trail Blazers battled the Golden State Warriors.
“Inside the NBA Playoffs” came in second place with a 1.6 compared to the 1.4 of last week’s second place entry, “NBA Courtside.” To round out the top 3, a pre-game show picked up a 0.5.
Farther down the chart, “Double Shot at Love” on MTV maintained a solid 0.4 for the third week in a row, keeping just ahead of TRUTV’s “Impractical Jokers” as it fought its way back from 0.2 to 0.3. A&E’s “The First 48” continued at the 0.3 it sank to last week, arriving at the same place “The Untold Story” rose to from 0.2 on the same network.
“How Far is Tattoo Far” debuted a new season on MTV at 0.3, while the series premiere of “Christina on the Coast” arrived on HGTV at 0.2. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on VH1 crumbled from 0.3 to 0.2, joining the likes of repeat offender “Beat Bobby Flay” on Food Network.
Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Thursday, May 23, 2019
|Show||Net||Time||Total viewers (000s)||18-49 rating|
|NBA PLAYOFFS- CONF FNLS: RAPTORS/BUCKS||TNT||8:30 PM||6,234||2.3|
|INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS||TNT||11:06 PM||3,565||1.6|
|NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME||TNT||8:00 PM||1,588||0.5|
|DOUBLE SHOT AT LOVE||MTV||8:00 PM||617||0.4|
|IMPRACTICAL JOKERS||TRUTV||10:00 PM||592||0.3|
|LIGA MX THU: FINAL: TIGRES UANL / LEON||UNIVISION||9:30 PM||695||0.3|
|FIRST 48 AC||A&E||8:00 PM||794||0.3|
|HOW FAR IS TATTOO FAR||MTV||9:01 PM||501||0.3|
|HANNITY||FOX NEWS||9:00 PM||3,249||0.3|
|UNTOLD STORY, THE||A&E||9:00 PM||825||0.3|
|SPORTSCENTER 12AM||ESPN||12:00 AM||575||0.3|
|PARDON THE INTERRUPTION||ESPN||5:30 PM||733||0.3|
|HOW FAR IS TATTOO FAR||MTV||9:32 PM||462||0.3|
|PROJECT RUNWAY||BRAVO||9:00 PM||1,022||0.3|
|BEAT B.FLAY||FOOD||10:00 PM||760||0.2|
|HOW FAR IS TATTOO FAR||MTV||10:03 PM||450||0.2|
|CHRISTINA ON THE COAST||HOME||9:00 PM||1,465||0.2|
|TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT||FOX NEWS||8:00 PM||2,812||0.2|
|RUPAULS DRAG RACE||VH1||9:00 PM||483||0.2|
|SWAMP PEOPLE SPECIALS||HISTORY||9:00 PM||1,287||0.2|
|FACE OF EVIL, THE||INVESTIGATION||10:00 PM||1,025||0.2|
|HOW FAR IS TATTOO FAR||MTV||10:34 PM||404||0.2|
|RACHEL MADDOW SHOW||MSNBC||9:00 PM||2,729||0.2|
|SPORTSCENTER EARLY||ESPN||6:00 PM||499||0.2|
|COLL SOFTBALL SUPER REG: OKLAHOMA STATE/FLORIDA STATE||ESPN||7:00 PM||657||0.2|
Source: The Nielsen Company.