Another Wednesday, another strong performance for ESPN and the NBA.

The top cable broadcast of the night was the Toronto Raptors playing the Boston Celtics. The Celtics beat the Raptors, but the real winner was ESPN, which took home a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49. This was 0.1 lower than the Thunder vs. Lakers game last week.

Just below the top slot was another NBA game, which saw the New Orleans Pelicans facing down the Golden State Warriors for another 0.7 rating. Finally, rounding out the top 3 was “NBA After the Buzzer,” which managed to nab a 0.6 despite not airing until 1:11 a.m.

Beyond the NBA, “Black Ink Crew Chicago” clung to the 0.5 it sank to last week, even if basketball edged it out of the top 3. Fellow VH1 series “Love & Hip Hop Miami” also stayed put at lessened ratings, maintaining a 0.4. This was similarly true of “Vikings” on History, which appears to be perpetually attached to its 0.4 week after week, along with “Moonshiners” on Discovery and “Property Brothers” on HGTV, although the latter stays at 0.3 instead of 0.4.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NBA REGULAR SEASON – TORONTO/BOSTON ESPN 8:13 PM 1,784 0.7
NBA REGULAR SEASON – NEW ORLEANS/GOLDEN STATE ESPN 10:43 PM 1,655 0.7
NBA AFTER THE BUZZER ESPN 1:11 AM 1,206 0.6
BLACK INK CREW CHICAGO VH1 9:00 PM 930 0.5
NBA COURTSIDE ESPN 8:00 PM 1,105 0.4
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,120 0.4
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 1:27 AM 842 0.4
VIKINGS HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,661 0.4
MY 600-LB LIFE TLC 8:00 PM 1,300 0.4
LOVE & HIP HOP MIAMI VH1 10:01 PM 835 0.4
MOONSHINERS DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 1,299 0.4
IN PURSUIT W/ JOHN WALSH INVESTIGATION 10:00 PM 1,528 0.4
DEAD OF WINTER INVESTIGATION 11:00 PM 1,373 0.3
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 859 0.3
GUYS GROCERY GAMES FOOD 9:00 PM 885 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 3,030 0.3
HOMICIDE HUNTER LT JOE KENDA INVESTIGATION 8:00 PM 1,531 0.3
HOMICIDE HUNTER LT JOE KENDA INVESTIGATION 9:00 PM 1,516 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,488 0.3
DAILY SHOW COMEDY 11:00 PM 802 0.3
HOMESTEAD RESCUE DISCOVERY 10:00 PM 1,106 0.3
GROWN-ISH FREEFORM 8:00 PM 642 0.3
CUOMO PRIME TIME CNN 9:00 PM 1,462 0.3
PROPERTY BROTHERS (1 HR) HOME 9:00 PM 1,392 0.3
NBA PRE-GAME ESPN 7:00 PM 589 0.3

Source: The Nielsen Company

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