With the absence of “Basketball Wives,” actual basketball returned to Wednesdays to claim the top slots of the cable ratings.
The highest-rated performance of the night came from ESPN’s broadcast of the Boston Celtics playing the Philadelphia 76ers, which scored a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49. This was then followed in second place by the Denver Nuggets facing off against the Portland Trail Blazers for an additional 0.7. Both games outranked the 0.5 from the Lakers vs. Warriors pre-season game that came in third last week. Finally, rounding out the top 3 for the night was FX’s “American Horror Story: 1984,” which recovered to 0.6 from the 0.5 it recently dropped to.
Further down, “All Elite Wrestling” on TNT healed from the losses it suffered in its third week, returning to 0.5 from 0.4. Just below it, MTV’s “The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2” remained at 0.4, while “Black Ink Crew” on VH1 collapsed all the way from 0.5 to 0.3. BET debuted two new series from Tyler Perry, “The Oval” and “Sistas,” at 0.3 and 0.2 respectively, as Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Dallas” ascended from 0.2 to 0.3.
Over at TBS, “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” posted an unsurprising 0.2, as did reruns of “Mom” on Nick-at-Nite. History Channel’s “Forged in Fire” sank from 0.3 to 0.2 alongside Food Network’s “Guy’s Grocery Games,” but both “WWE: NXT” and “Property Brothers” on HGTV retained their consecutive 0.2’s.
Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Wednesday, October 23, 2019
|Show||Net||Time||Total viewers (000s)||18-49 rating|
|NBA REGULAR SEASON: BOSTON/PHILADELPHIA||ESPN||7:43 PM||1,698||0.8|
|NBA REGULAR SEASON: DENVER/PORTLAND||ESPN||10:20 PM||1,345||0.7|
|AMERICAN HORROR STORY||FX||10:00 PM||1,350||0.6|
|ALL ELITE WRESTLING||TNT||8:00 PM||963||0.5|
|NBA COURTSIDE||ESPN||7:30 PM||1,031||0.4|
|CHALLENGE: WAR OF WORLDS||MTV||9:00 PM||727||0.4|
|SPORTSCENTER 12AM||ESPN||12:42 AM||802||0.4|
|BLACK INK CREW||VH1||8:00 PM||681||0.3|
|RACHEL MADDOW SHOW||MSNBC||9:00 PM||3,215||0.3|
|SPORTSCENTER WITH SAS||ESPN||7:00 PM||682||0.3|
|OVAL, THE||BET||9:00 PM||1,014||0.3|
|TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT||FOX NEWS||8:00 PM||3,179||0.3|
|REAL HOUSEWIVES OF DALLAS||BRAVO||9:00 PM||770||0.3|
|PARDON THE INTERRUPTION||ESPN||5:30 PM||810||0.3|
|SISTAS SERIES||BET||10:00 PM||894||0.2|
|HANNITY||FOX NEWS||9:00 PM||3,261||0.2|
|FULL FRONTAL W/ SAM BEE||TBS||10:30 PM||687||0.2|
|FORGED IN FIRE||HISTORY||9:00 PM||834||0.2|
|GUYS GROCERY GAMES||FOOD||9:00 PM||647||0.2|
|WWE NXT||USA||8:00 PM||698||0.2|
|FIVE, THE||FOX NEWS||5:00 PM||2,792||0.2|
|FORGED IN FIRE||HISTORY||10:03 PM||752||0.2|
|PROPERTY BROS||HOME||9:00 PM||1,175||0.2|
Source: The Nielsen Company