It was another sports-heavy night in the Thursday cable ratings this week.

TBS led the night with its broadcast of the Astros vs. Red Sox MLB game scoring a 1.6 in adults 18-49 and 6.52 million viewers. TNT’s Lakers vs. Trailblazers NBA broadcast followed closely behind with a 1.6 of its own and 3.310 million viewers, while its broadcast of the earlier Bulls vs. 76ers game scored a much lower 0.7.

On MTV, “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation” held steady with another 0.7. “How Far is Tattoo Far” also managed to maintain the back-to-back 0.3s that its premiere scored a week ago. Elsewhere, Bravo’s “Shahs of Sunset” ticked up one-tenth from a 0.2 to a 0.3, while A&E’s “The First 48” (0.2) stayed even week-to-week.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Thursday, October 18, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
MLB ALCS – RED SOX/ASTROS TBS 7:59 PM 6,523 1.6
NBA BASKETBALL – LAKERS/BLAZERS TNT 10:47 PM 3,310 1.6
INSIDE THE NBA TNT 1:23 AM 1,424 0.7
NBA BASKETBALL – BULLS/76ERS TNT 8:14 PM 1,555 0.7
JERSEY SHORE: FAM VACAY MTV 8:00 PM 1,106 0.7
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL – DEN VS. ARI NFL NETWORK 8:23 PM 1,743 0.6
INSIDE THE MLB TBS 11:55 PM 1,780 0.6
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL-SUS NFL NETWORK 11:09 PM 1,347 0.5
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,812 0.3
NBA TIP-OFF TNT 8:00 PM 947 0.3
HOW FAR IS TATTOO FAR MTV 9:01 PM 485 0.3
THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS 10:00 PM 3,030 0.3
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PRE-KICK NFL NETWORK 8:05 PM 900 0.3
IMPRACTICAL JOKERS TRUTV 10:00 PM 484 0.3
MOUNTAIN MEN HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,923 0.3
HOW FAR IS TATTOO FAR MTV 9:32 PM 462 0.3
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 2,777 0.3
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL POST-GAME NFL NETWORK 11:27 PM 603 0.3
SHAHS OF SUNSET BRAVO 9:00 PM 851 0.3
NIGHTWATCH NATION A&E 10:01 PM 804 0.3
THE FIRST 48 A&E 9:00 PM 830 0.2
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,551 0.2
FLIP OR FLOP ATLANTA HOME 9:30 PM 1129 0.2
FLIP OR FLOP ATLANTA HOME 9:00 PM 1,073 0.2
MLB ON DECK PREGAME SHOW TBS 7:00 PM 842 0.2

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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