It was a sports-heavy night in the Wednesday cable ratings this week.

ESPN led with its live broadcast of the Cleveland vs Boston NBA conference finals game, which scored a 2.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.35 million viewers. ESPN’s special pre-game and “SportsCenter” broadcasts grabbed some additional 1.1 – 0.5s throughout the night as well. Meanwhile, the NBC Sports Network also landed in the top 3 with its broadcast of the NHL conference finals game between Washington and Tampa Bay raking in a 0.9.

On Bravo, “The Real Housewives of New York City” fell from its previous 0.5 to a 0.4 this time around. Outside of the top 25, SyFy’s “The Expanse” managed to hold steady with another 0.2, while “Krypton” dropped one-tenth to a 0.1. FXX’s “Archer” was just barely able to maintain its previous 0.2, with 328,000 viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NBA PLAYOFFS CONF FINALS ESPN 8:30 PM 7,346 2.7
SPORTSCENTER 12AM L ESPN 11:09 PM 2,333 1.1
NHL CONFERENCE FINALS NBC SPORTS 8:03 PM 2,577 0.9
SPORTSCENTER 12AM L ESPN 12:14 AM 1,127 0.5
NBA PRE-GAME L ESPN 7:30 PM 1,265 0.5
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC BRAVO 9:00 PM 1,225 0.4
SPORTSCENTER 1AM L ESPN 1:00 AM 812 0.4
FULL FRONTAL W/SAM BEE TBS 10:30 PM 880 0.3
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 3,249 0.3
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN 2:00 AM 644 0.3
BROTHER VS BROTHER HOME 9:00 PM 1,610 0.3
MISFIT GARAGE DISCOVERY 9:00 PM 902 0.3
MY 600-LB LIFE TLC 8:00 PM 912 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1,412 0.3
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,461 0.3
SEE NO EVIL INVEST 9:00 PM 1,181 0.3
BOTCHED E! 9:00 PM 724 0.2
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 2,543 0.2
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 677 0.2
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,482 0.2
MURDER CHOSE ME INVEST 10:00 PM 1,062 0.2
INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS 10:00 PM 2,720 0.2
SPORTSCENTER EARLY ESPN 6:00 PM 546 0.2
NHL LIVE POST CONF FINALS NBC SPORTS 10:59 PM 516 0.2
GUYS GROCERY GAMES INVEST 9:00 PM 657 0.2

 

Source: The Nielsen Company

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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