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|
|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|
|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|
|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