The main event of the Wednesday cable ratings was, once again, the NBA playoffs.
TNT’s broadcast of the Houston Rockets playing the Golden State Warriors took the heights of the playoffs and pushed them even further, rising to a powerful 2.8 rating in adults 18-49. This was much higher than the Trail Blazers vs. Nuggets game at the top of last week with its 1.3. It was also a good deal higher than its second place competition this week, as the Boston Celtics went against the Milwaukee Bucks for a 1.8. Rounding out the top 3 was “Inside the NBA Playoffs,” which built on last week’s 0.9 to land at 1.1.
It was not exactly a surprise that, outside the top 3, “The Challenge: War of the Worlds” on MTV received yet another 0.5. Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City” also maintained its score, picking up a 0.4, while TLC’s “Dr. Pimple Popper” came in at 0.3.
Joining it at 0.3 were regular entries “Forged in Fire” on History Channel and a returning “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” on TBS. TLC’s “My 600-lb Life” continued at 0.3 for the third week in a row, while “Guy’s Grocery Games” on Food Network continued to struggle at 0.2.
Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Wednesday, May 8, 2019
|Show||Net||Time||Total viewers (000s)||18-49 rating|
|NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 2: ROCKETS/WARRIORS||TNT||10:35 PM||6,766||2.8|
|NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 2: CELTICS/BUCKS||TNT||8:00 PM||4,821||1.8|
|INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS||TNT||1:17 AM||2,553||1.1|
|NHL SEMI FINALS: COLORADO/SAN JOSE||NBC SPORTS||8:56 PM||1,666||0.6|
|CHALLENGE: WAR OF WORLDS||MTV||9:00 PM||790||0.5|
|REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC||BRAVO||9:00 PM||1,124||0.4|
|DR. PIMPLE POPPER: SUPERS||TLC||10:00 PM||1,231||0.3|
|FORGED IN FIRE||HISTORY||9:00 PM||967||0.3|
|MY 600-LB LIFE: N/A||TLC||8:00 PM||1,073||0.3|
|RACHEL MADDOW SHOW||MSNBC||9:00 PM||3,040||0.3|
|FORGED IN FIRE||HISTORY||10:03 PM||869||0.3|
|HANNITY||FOX NEWS||9:00 PM||3,407||0.3|
|EXPEDITION UNKNOWN||DISCOVERY||9:00 PM||1,174||0.3|
|HOMICIDE CITY||INVESTIGATION||10:00 PM||1,056||0.3|
|SEE NO EVIL||INVESTIGATION||9:00 PM||1,096||0.3|
|FULL FRONTAL W/ SAM BEE||TBS||10:00 PM||728||0.3|
|LAST 24, THE||INVESTIGATION||11:00 PM||909||0.3|
|GUYS GROCERY GAMES||FOOD||9:00 PM||710||0.2|
|UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: AFC AJAX VS. TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR||TNT||2:43 PM||509||0.2|
|NHL LIVE POST SEMI FINALS||NBC SPORTS||11:42 PM||585||0.2|
|INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE||FOX NEWS||10:00 PM||2,689||0.2|
|TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT||FOX NEWS||8:00 PM||2,950||0.2|
|PARDON THE INTERRUPTION||ESPN||5:30 PM||701||0.2|
|SPORTSCENTER EARLY||ESPN||6:00 PM||504||0.2|
|PROP BROS BUY AND SELL||HOME||9:00 PM||1,231||0.2|
Source: The Nielsen Company