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
MOM NICK-AT-NITE 1:34 AM 524 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
MOM NICK-AT-NITE 2:09 AM 483 0.2

Source: The Nielsen Company

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