Live sports broadcasts continued to dominate the Tuesday cable ratings this week.

TNT’s broadcasts of the 76ers vs. Celtics and Thunder vs. Warriors NBA games took the top 2 spots of the night with 1.4 and 1.2 ratings in the adults 18-49 demo, respectively. Meanwhile, TBS’ broadcast of the Astros vs. Red Sox MLB playoff game rounded out the top 3 with a 1.2, followed by Fox Sports’ Dodgers vs. Brewers broadcast, which posted a 1.1 with 4.09 million viewers.

On USA, “WWE Smackdown” ticked up from its previous 0.7 to a 0.9. After taking a hit last week, FX’s “Mayans M.C.” maintained a 0.5 for the second week in a row, while USA’s “The Purge” held steady with yet another 0.4. MTV’s “The Challenge: Final Reckoning” fell back down from a 0.5 to a 0.4.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NBA BASKETBALL – 76ERS/CELTICS TNT 8:00 PM 2,945 1.4
NBA BASKETBALL – THUNDER/WARRIORS TNT 10:27 PM 2,717 1.2
MLB ALCS – ASTROS-RED SOX TBS 5:00 PM 4,871 1.2
MLB NL CHAMPIONS SERIES – MILWAUKEE/LA DODGERS 4 FOX SPORTS 1 9:02 PM 4,087 1.1
WWE SMACKDOWN USA 8:00 PM 2545 0.9
INSIDE THE MLB TBS 9:06 PM 1,997 0.5
MAYANS M.C. FX 10:00 PM 1,292 0.5
BET HIP HOP AWARDS BET 8:00 PM 1,052 0.5
INSIDE THE NBA TNT 1:30 AM 971 0.5
BELOW DECK BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,217 0.5
CHALLENGE: FINAL RECKONING MTV 9:00 PM 622 0.4
THE PURGE USA 10:00 PM 1026 0.4
NBA TIP-OFF TNT 7:00 PM 731 0.3
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 2,980 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,356 0.3
THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN 9:00 PM 1,715 0.3
CHOPPED FOOD 9:00 PM 848 0.3
THE GUEST BOOK TBS 9:30 PM 833 0.3
FLIPPING OUT BRAVO 10:00 PM 824 0.3
THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS 10:00 PM 2,687 0.3
LITTLE COUPLE TLC 8:00 PM 1,215 0.3
HOME ALONE INVEST 10:00 PM 868 0.2
TOSH.O COMEDY CENTRAL 10:00 PM 553 0.2
MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT LIFETIME 9:00 PM 934 0.2
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,411 0.2

Source: The Nielsen Company

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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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