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|
|MY 600-LB LIFE||TLC||8:00 PM||1,300||0.4|
|LOVE & HIP HOP MIAMI||VH1||10:01 PM||835||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|
|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