The Wednesday cable ratings were interrupted by an unusually strong performance from college basketball.

Scoring a whopping 1.7 rating in adults 18-49, the North Carolina Tar Heels played the Duke Blue Devils to bring ESPN to the top of the chart. This was a massive improvement over the top NBA game from last week, in which the Golden State Warriors battled the Portland Trail Blazers for a 0.6. It was also a good deal stronger than the second place entry, the late edition of “SportsCenter,” at 0.9. The third slot was held by “The Challenge” on MTV, which maintained its 0.5 rating for the third week in a row.

Further along the chart, VH1’s “Black Ink Crew Chicago” and Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” both recovered from 0.4 to 0.5 after they fell as a pair last week. “Moonshiners” on Discovery Channel clung to a 0.3 yet again, while “My 600-lb Life” kept pace with the 0.4 it rose to last week. “Forged in Fire” on History picked up a bit of steam and climbed from 0.3 to 0.4, as “Guy’s Grocery Games” stayed stable at 0.3.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – NORTH CAROLINA/DUKE ESPN 9:00 PM 4,343 1.7
SPORTSCENTER LATE ESPN 11:10 PM 1,890 0.9
CHALLENGE: WAR OF WORLDS MTV 9:00 PM 834 0.5
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,364 0.5
BLACK INK CREW CHICAGO VH1 9:00 PM 917 0.5
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – LOUISVILLE/SYRACUSE ESPN 7:00 PM 1,214 0.4
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 12:00 AM 842 0.4
FORGED IN FIRE HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,174 0.4
MY 600-LB LIFE TLC 8:00 PM 1,250 0.4
MOONSHINERS DISCOVERY 9:01 PM 1,280 0.3
IN PURSUIT W/ JOHN WALSH INVESTIGATION 10:00 PM 1,366 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 3,217 0.3
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 3,150 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,351 0.3
GUYS GROCERY GAMES FOOD 9:00 PM 888 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 1:00 AM 598 0.3
RIDICULOUSNESS MTV 8:30 PM 557 0.3
SEE NO EVIL INVESTIGATION 9:00 PM 1,230 0.3
DAILY SHOW COMEDY 11:00 PM 803 0.3
RIDICULOUSNESS MTV 8:00 PM 548 0.3
HOMESTEAD RESCUE DISCOVERY 10:02 PM 1,003 0.3
FIVE, THE FOX NEWS 5:00 PM 2,837 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 839 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,305 0.3
FAMILY BY THE TON TLC 10:00 PM 762 0.3

Source: The Nielsen Company

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