Christmas day was absolutely dominated by ESPN, which claimed 15 slots throughout the entire top 25 for Tuesday night’s cable ratings.

Most of the slots were filled by the NBA, including the top spot, which was taken by the Milwaukee Bucks defeating the New York Knicks. The game received a 1.2 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, which was an increase of 0.5 from last week’s winner, “WWE SmackDown.” Behind it, the Portland Trailblazers faced off against the Utah Jazz for a score of 0.9, and in third place, the LA Lakers played the Golden State Warriors to receive the same 0.9 score.

Outside of sports, there was a limited amount of original programming on cable. The aforementioned “WWE SmackDown” on USA fell from 0.7 to 0.6, tumbling from first to fifth place. Unaffected by the holiday was “Chopped” on Food Network, which held onto its usual 0.3 rating, while “When Calls the Heart” aired on the Hallmark Channel at a surprisingly strong 0.6.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NBA REGULAR SEASON – MILWAUKEE/NEW YORK ESPN 12:14 PM 3,170 1.2
NBA REGULAR SEASON – PORTLAND/UTAH ESPN 10:36 PM 2,187 0.9
NBA REGULAR SEASON – LA LAKERS/GOLDEN STATE ESPN 8:11 PM 2,237 0.9
NBA COURTSIDE ESPN 12:00 PM 1,667 0.7
WWE SMACKDOWN: WWE SMACKDOWN USA 8:00 PM 1,904 0.6
WHEN CALLS THE HEART HALLMARK 8:00 PM 3,739 0.6
NFL LIVE ESPN 2:32 PM 1,549 0.6
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 1:02 AM 1,112 0.4
NBA PRE-GAME ESPN 11:00 AM 882 0.4
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN 2:00 AM 782 0.3
FIRST TAKE ESPN 10:00 AM 734 0.3
NBA POST-GAME ESPN 8:00 PM 898 0.3
SPORTSCENTER TOP 10 ESPN 4:02 PM 780 0.3
CHOPPED FOOD 9:00 PM 948 0.3
GET UP ESPN 8:00 PM 575 0.2
FOUR CHRISTMASES HBO PRIME 8:00 PM 449 0.2
NBA REGULAR SEASON REPEAT ESPN 5:00 AM 320 0.2
E:60 ESPN 5:05 PM 466 0.2
AT THIS HOUR SPCL CNN 11:00 AM 1,167 0.1
SPORTSCENTER AM ESPN 7:00 AM 400 0.1
INSIDE POLITICS SPECIAL CNN 12:00 PM 1,171 0.1
CNN NEWSROOM SPCL CNN 2:00 PM 1,044 0.1
CNN NEWSROOM SPCL CNN 10:00 AM 1,123 0.1
CNN NEWSROOM SPCL CNN 3:00 PM 925 0.1
AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL CARTOON 8:00 PM 380 0.1

Source: The Nielsen Company

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