The Tuesday cable ratings saw the NBA conference finals rocket right back to the top of the chart.
Considering the magnitude of this stage of the NBA playoffs, it’s not surprising that ESPN once again held the chart’s three uppermost slots. For the peak spot, the Golden State Warriors played the Portland Trail Blazers, scoring a 2.8 rating in adults 18-49. This was double the rating of last week’s top game, back when the Trail Blazers were still fending off the Denver Nuggets.
In second place was ESPN’s coverage of the NBA draft, which brought in a 1.7, improving considerably on last year’s 1.3. To round out the top 3, “SportsCenter 12AM” rose a full point from 0.1 to 1.1.
Elsewhere, “WWE Smackdown” on USA stagnated at the 0.6 it rose to last week, continuing to hold its small lead over Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” which also remained at 0.6. USA’s other big performer, “Miz & Mrs,” ascended from two weeks at 0.3 to reach 0.4, pulling above the likes of the returning 0.3 scored by “Little People, Big World” on TLC.
On the other hand, Discovery’s “Deadliest Catch” sank from 0.4 to 0.3, where “The Haves and the Have Nots” of OWN landed once again.
Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Tuesday, May 14, 2019
|Show||Net||Time||Total viewers (000s)||18-49 rating|
|NBA PLAYOFFS-CONF FNLS: PORTLAND/GOLDEN STATE||ESPN||9:00 PM||7,315||2.8|
|NBA DRAFT LOTTERY||ESPN||8:30 PM||4,427||1.7|
|SPORTSCENTER 12AM||ESPN||11:31 PM||2,517||1.1|
|NBA: THE JUMP||ESPN||8:00 PM||2,040||0.8|
|NHL CONFERENCE FINALS: BOSTON/CAROLINA||NBC SPORTS||7:55 PM||1,904||0.6|
|WWE SMACKDOWN: WWE SMACKDOWN||USA||8:00 PM||1,827||0.6|
|REAL HOUSEWIVES BEV HILLS||BRAVO||9:00 PM||1,758||0.6|
|SPORTSCENTER 1AM||ESPN||1:00 AM||1,098||0.5|
|NBA PRE-GAME||ESPN||7:00 PM||1,030||0.4|
|MIZ & MRS||USA||10:00 PM||1,009||0.4|
|DEADLIEST CATCH||DISCOVERY||9:00 PM||1,193||0.3|
|HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS||OWN||9:00 PM||1,438||0.3|
|SPORTSCENTER MORNING||ESPN||2:00 AM||696||0.3|
|LITTLE PEOPLE, BIG WORLD||TLC||9:00 PM||1,448||0.3|
|LAST OG, THE||TBS||10:30 PM||735||0.3|
|GOOD BONES||HOME||9:00 PM||1,295||0.3|
|SPORTSCENTER EARLY||ESPN||6:00 PM||675||0.3|
|PARDON THE INTERRUPTION||ESPN||5:30 PM||831||0.3|
|7 LITTLE JOHNSTONS||TLC||10:01 PM||1,142||0.3|
|TRUE CONVICTION||INVESTIGATION||10:00 PM||979||0.3|
|GROWING UP CHRISLEY||USA||10:31 PM||728||0.2|
|LOST GOLD OF WORLD WAR II||HISTORY||10:03 PM||1,267||0.2|
|RESTORED BY THE FORDS||HOME||10:00 PM||1,112||0.2|
|CURSE OF CIVIL WAR GOLD||HISTORY||9:00 PM||1,240||0.2|
Source: The Nielsen Company