“Game of Thrones” kept an easy hold on the no. 1 spots in the cable live +3 ratings for the week of April 29.

The HBO fantasy series led the week with a 6.1 rating among adults 18-49, a 1.0 point gain (+20%) from its initial 5.1 L+SD rating in the demo. It easily remained the week’s most-watched broadcast as well, with a 14.5 million viewer audience (+2.67 million, +23%) after three days of delayed viewing.

“Thrones” more than doubled what any of the week’s other broadcasts scored in both total viewers and adults 18-49. TNT and ESPN’s NBA playoff coverage rounded out the week’s top 10 in the 18-49 demo, while a pair of TNT’s NBA broadcasts scored the week’s second and third-largest audiences.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for April 29 – May 5, 2019

Rank Show Net L+3 18-49 rating Gain vs. Live + SD % gain vs. Live + SD
1 GAME OF THRONES HBO 6.1 1.0 20%
2 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 TNT 2.5 0.0 0%
3 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 TNT 1.7 0.0 0%
4 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 TNT 1.6 0.1 7%
5 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF SEMIS ESPN 1.5 0.0 0%
NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 TNT 1.5 0.0 0%
NBA PLAYOFFS CONF SEMIS ESPN 1.5 0.0 0%
NBA PLAYOFFS CONF SEMIS ESPN 1.5 0.0 0%
9 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 TNT 1.4 0.0 0%
NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 TNT 1.4 0.1 8%
11 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 1.2 0.4 50%
12 VANDERPUMP RULES BRAVO 1.1 0.5 83%
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRAVO 1.1 0.5 83%
TEEN MOM II MTV 1.1 0.6 120%
15 CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY 1.0 0.3 43%
BARRY HBO 1.0 0.2 25%
17 CHALLENGE: WAR OF WORLDS MTV 0.9 0.4 80%
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 0.9 0.1 13%
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 0.9 0.2 29%
20 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA 0.8 0.2 33%
LIVE PD A&E 0.8 0.1 14%
22 KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS E! 0.7 0.3 75%
CURSE OF CIVIL WAR GOLD – P HISTORY 0.7 0.2 40%
LIVE PD A&E 0.7 0.1 17%
BLACK INK CREW VH1 0.7 0.3 75%
90 DAY FIANCE: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? TLC 0.7 0.2 40%
WWE SMACKDOWN USA 0.7 0.2 40%
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC – P BRAVO 0.7 0.3 75%

Top 25 cable shows in Live +3 viewers for April 29 – May 5, 2019

Rank Show Net L+3 viewers (000s) Gain vs. Live + SD (000s) % gain vs. Live + SD
1 GAME OF THRONES HBO 14,498 2,672 23%
2 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 TNT 6,264 109 2%
3 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 TNT 4,483 32 1%
4 CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY 4,479 1,153 35%
5 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF SEMIS ESPN 4,174 27 1%
6 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 TNT 4,116 21 1%
7 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF SEMIS ESPN 4,026 16 0%
8 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 TNT 3,889 19 0%
9 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF SEMIS ESPN 3,800 54 1%
10 HANNITY FOX NEWS 3,764 104 3%
11 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 TNT 3,715 36 1%
12 HANNITY FOX NEWS 3,697 113 3%
13 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 TNT 3,574 22 1%
14 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 3,436 164 5%
15 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 3,240 46 1%
16 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 3,187 61 2%
17 HANNITY FOX NEWS 3,174 101 3%
18 WHEN CALLS THE HEART HALLMARK 3,082 810 36%
19 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 3,066 90 3%
20 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS 3,025 61 2%
21 CURSE OF CIVIL WAR GOLD – P HISTORY 3,017 863 40%
22 HANNITY FOX NEWS 2,952 196 7%
23 HANNITY FOX NEWS 2,928 71 2%
24 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 2,923 59 2%
25 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 2,894 86 3%

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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