Wednesday’s cable ratings were largely disrupted by news, but the typical top contenders were unphased.
At the very top of the chart, the New Orleans Pelicans played the LA Lakers on ESPN to score a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49. This was an improvement of one-tenth of a point over the top NBA game from two weeks ago, in which the Trail Blazers played the Warriors, but it was much lower than last week’s champion, a college game with the Tar Heels vs. Blue Devils scoring a 1.7.
In second place, the Portland Trail Blazers faced off against the Boston Celtics for a 0.6. “The Challenge” on MTV rounded out the top 3, landing at 0.5. This was the fourth week in a row the reality series maintained that score.
Along the rest of the chart, VH1’s “Black Ink Crew Chicago” fell from 0.5 back to 0.4, while Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” remained steady at 0.5. “Moonshiners” on Discovery held to a typical 0.3, while “My 600-lb Life” slipped from 0.4 to 0.3, causing it to drop out of the top 25 entirely.
The Michael Cohen hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform was likely the reason for this, eating up a massive portion of the chart and boxing out normal contenders. This meant that CNN occupied 13 slots on its own, a considerable increase from the 0 slots it held last Wednesday.
Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Wednesday, February 28, 2019
|Show||Net||Time||Total viewers (000s)||18-49 rating|
|NBA REGULAR SEASON – NEW ORLEANS/LA LAKERS||ESPN||10:38 PM||1,613||0.7|
|NBA REGULAR SEASON -PORTLAND/BOSTON||ESPN||8:12 PM||1,404||0.6|
|CHALLENGE: WAR OF WORLDS||MTV||9:00 PM||848||0.5|
|NBA AFTER THE BUZZER||ESPN||1:13 AM||1,038||0.5|
|REAL HSWIVES OF NJ||BRAVO||9:00 PM||1,357||0.5|
|SITUATION ROOM||CNN||5:00 PM||2,523||0.4|
|RACHEL MADDOW SHOW||MSNBC||9:00 PM||3,839||0.4|
|BLACK INK CREW CHICAGO||VH1||9:00 PM||761||0.4|
|AT THIS HOUR||CNN||11:00 AM||2,191||0.4|
|LEAD WITH JAKE TAPPER||CNN||4:00 PM||2,367||0.4|
|CNN NEWSROOM||CNN||3:00 PM||2,161||0.4|
|NBA COURTSIDE||ESPN||8:00 PM||881||0.4|
|SPORTSCENTER 1AM||ESPN||1:28 AM||770||0.4|
|ERIN BURNETT OUTFRONT||CNN||7:00 PM||1,756||0.4|
|INSIDE POLITICS||CNN||12:00 PM||2,158||0.4|
|HANNITY||FOX NEWS||9:00 PM||3,705||0.4|
|CNN NEWSROOM||CNN||2:00 PM||2,101||0.4|
|ANDERSON COOPER 360||CNN||8:00 PM||1,859||0.3|
|SITUATION ROOM||CNN||6:00 PM||1,696||0.3|
|CNN RIGHT NOW||CNN||1:00 PM||2,053||0.3|
|CNN NEWSROOM||CNN||10:00 AM||1,908||0.3|
|MTP DAILY||MSNBC||5:00 PM||3,488||0.3|
|CUOMO PRIME TIME||CNN||9:00 PM||1,835||0.3|
|CNN TONIGHT||CNN||10:00 PM||1,670||0.3|
Source: The Nielsen Company