The top performers of Wednesday night’s cable ratings represented a bit of a clash between ESPN and VH1.

Of course, it should surprise nobody that ESPN and the NBA came out on top, with their broadcast of the Oklahoma City Thunder playing the LA Lakers resulting in a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49. This was a point higher than last week’s top performer, which saw the TCU Horned Frogs beating the California Golden Bears.

In second place, the Minnesota Timberwolves played the Boston Celtics for a 0.6 rating, which matched the second place slot from last week. But ESPN couldn’t hold the entire top 3, with VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Miami” sliding into third place with a nearly-equal 0.6. This was, however, a good deal lower than the reality series’s previous season finale, which had scored a 1.1 rating.

In fourth place, “Black Ink Crew: Chicago” also debuted a new season, this one scoring a 0.6, which was dead even with its own previous season finale. “Vikings” on History Channel held onto its 0.4 from the past few weeks, while “Property Brothers” on HGTV did the same with its own 0.3 rating.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NBA REGULAR SEASON – OKLAHOMA CITY/LA LAKERS ESPN 10:43 PM 1,771 0.8
NBA REGULAR SEASON – MINNESOTA/BOSTON ESPN 8:12 PM 1,484 0.6
LOVE & HIP HOP MIAMI VH1 8:00 PM 1,088 0.6
BLACK INK CREW CHICAGO VH1 9:01 PM 1,071 0.6
NBA AFTER THE BUZZER ESPN 1:11 AM 1,137 0.5
NBA COURTSIDE ESPN 8:00 PM 1,092 0.5
MOONSHINERS DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 1,542 0.4
REAL HSWIVES OF NJ BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,181 0.4
MOONSHINERS SPECIAL DISCOVERY 8:00 PM 1,365 0.4
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 1:26 AM 888 0.4
VIKINGS HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,634 0.4
GUYS GROCERY GAMES FOOD 9:00 PM 929 0.4
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 991 0.4
PROPERTY BROTHERS (1 HR) HOME 9:00 PM 1,612 0.3
MY 600-LB LIFE TLC 8:00 PM 1,195 0.3
NBA PRE-GAME ESPN 7:00 PM 688 0.3
SPORTSCENTER EARLY ESPN 6:00 PM 746 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 3,322 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,610 0.3
HOMESTEAD RESCUE DISCOVERY 10:00 PM 1,069 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1,494 0.3
GROWN-ISH FREEFORM 8:00 PM 672 0.3
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN 2:00 AM 611 0.3
LIVE PD: POLICE PATROL A&E 9:30 PM 1,061 0.3
FAMILY BY THE TON TLC 10:00 PM 963 0.3

Source: The Nielsen Company

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