The return of the NBA meant a powerful surge at the top of the Tuesday cable ratings.

The top game of the night, in which the Los Angeles Lakers played the Los Angeles Clippers, aired on TNT for a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49. For perspective, this was quite a bit stronger than the Democratic Debate on CNN last week, which won the night with a 1.5. In second place, the New Orleans Pelicans fought the Toronto Raptors for a 1.1, while “Inside the NBA” drew an additional 0.6 for TNT.

Outside of TNT’s blockade of the top 3, “The Real Housewives of Orange County” of Bravo posted a 0.5, rising from 0.4. The indefatigable “Mayans M.C.” remained stalwart at 0.4 on FX, while “Teen Mom” fared the same on MTV. Over at TLC, “Counting On” was once again the foremost 0.3 in its second week, and “Outdaughtered” continued to follow it at the same score.

“The Misery Index” brought TBS the same 0.2 its preview did last week, leading a group of recurring 0.2’s which included “Tosh.O” on Comedy Central, “Bering Sea Gold” on Discovery Channel, “Greenleaf” on OWN, and “Chopped” on Food Network. Down at the penultimate rung of the chart, “The Purge” slipped, bringing USA a 0.2 instead of last week’s 0.3.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NBA BASKETBALL: LAKERS/CLIPPERS TNT 10:54 PM 3,583 1.8
NBA BASKETBALL: PELICANS/RAPTORS TNT 8:00 PM 2,251 1.1
INSIDE THE NBA TNT 1:17 AM 1,214 0.6
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF OC BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,370 0.5
MAYANS M.C. FX 10:00 PM 1,014 0.4
TEEN MOM II MTV 8:00 PM 665 0.4
COUNTING ON TLC 9:02 PM 1,218 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 3,265 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,293 0.3
OUTDAUGHTERED TLC 8:00 PM 1,179 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 866 0.3
NBA PRE-GAME SHOW TNT 5:30 PM 478 0.2
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 2,874 0.2
SPORTSCENTER EARLY ESPN 6:00 PM 655 0.2
NBA REGULAR SN BONUS NBA-TV 10:40 PM 462 0.2
MISERY INDEX, THE TBS 10:29 PM 499 0.2
TOSH.O COMEDY 10:00 PM 469 0.2
LAST WORD W/ L. ODONNELL MSNBC 10:00 PM 2,589 0.2
BERING SEA GOLD DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 980 0.2
TEEN MOM: YOUNG & PREGNANT MTV 9:01 PM 410 0.2
INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS 10:00 PM 2,506 0.2
GREENLEAF OWN 10:00 PM 1,105 0.2
CHOPPED FOOD 9:00 PM 749 0.2
PURGE, THE USA 9:00 PM 584 0.2
SPORTSCENTER AM ESPN 12:00 PM 429 0.2

Source: The Nielsen Company

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