“Game of Thrones” took a hit in its second week back, but still easily beat all the other cable shows throughout the week of April 15.

The HBO fantasy series was the week’s highest-rated cable broadcast by a considerable margin, scoring a 4.4 rating in adults 18-49, down six-tenths from its premiere’s 5.0, but still beating any of the week’s other cable shows by almost three whole points.

Thanks to its 10.29 million viewer audience as well, “Thrones” easily took the week’s no. 1 spot in the total viewers measure as well, drawing in around 6 and a half million more viewers than any of its cable competition.

Meanwhile, TNT and ESPN grabbed fifteen of the week’s top 25 spots in the adults 18-49 demo with their NBA playoff broadcasts. It was TNT’s broadcast of the Sunday night game between the Trailblazers and the Thunder that took the week’s no. 2 spots in both measures though, with a 1.5 rating and 3.74 million viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for April 15-21, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 GAME OF THRONES HBO Sun. 9:02 PM 4.4 5,658
2 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – TRAILBLAZERS/THUNDER TNT Sun. 9:38 PM 1.5 1,958
3 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – WARRIORS/CLIPPERS TNT Thurs. 10:45 PM 1.3 1,702
4 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – HOUSTON/UTAH ESPN Sat. 10:39 PM 1.2 1,587
NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – 76ERS/NETS TNT Thurs. 8:09 PM 1.2 1,485
6 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – NETS/76ERS TNT Mon. 8:09 PM 1.1 1,459
NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – THUNDER/TRAILBLAZERS TNT Tues. 10:38 PM 1.1 1,459
NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – CLIPPERS/WARRIORS TNT Mon. 10:43 PM 1.1 1,421
NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – NUGGETS/SPURS TNT Sat. 5:38 PM 1.1 1,382
10 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – JAZZ/ROCKETS TNT Weds. 9:39 PM 1.0 1,331
NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – RAPTORS/MAGIC TNT Sun. 7:08 PM 1.0 1,293
NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – PORTLAND/OKLAHOMA CITY ESPN Fri. 9:37 PM 1.0 1,229
13 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,190
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,178
NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – MILWAUKEE/DETROIT ESPN Sat. 8:09 PM 0.9 1,178
NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – MAGIC/RAPTORS TNT Tues. 8:09 PM 0.9 1,152
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,114
NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – PACERS/CELTICS TNT Weds. 7:09 PM 0.9 1,101
19 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – 76ERS/NETS TNT Sat. 3:00 PM 0.8 1,037
BARRY HBO Sun. 10:01 PM 0.8 998
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN Sat. 1:26 AM 0.8 986
22 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7 947
LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.7 909
LIVE PD: 200 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.7 883
LIVE PD: 201 LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.7 870
CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 0.7 832
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Fri. 12:17 AM 0.7 832
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Sun. 12:09 AM 0.7 832

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for April 15-21, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 GAME OF THRONES HBO Sun. 9:02 PM 10,287
2 NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 1 L: TRAILBLAZERS/THUNDER TNT Sun. 9:38 PM 3,744
3 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,630
4 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,365
5 NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 1 L: WARRIORS/CLIPPERS TNT Thurs. 10:45 PM 3,322
6 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,225
7 NBA PLAYOFFS-1ST RD L: HOUSTON/UTAH ESPN Sat. 10:39 PM 3,193
8 CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 3,159
9 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,151
10 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 3,124
11 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 3,119
12 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 3,092
13 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 3,069
14 FIVE, THE FOX NEWS Mon. 5:00 PM 2,938
15 NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 1 L: 76ERS/NETS TNT Thurs. 8:09 PM 2,928
16 FIVE, THE FOX NEWS Thurs. 5:00 PM 2,921
17 INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,917
18 AMERICAS NEWSROOM FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:00 AM 2,907
19 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,872
20 AMERICAS NEWSROOM FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 AM 2,857
21 NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 1 L: NETS/76ERS TNT Mon. 8:09 PM 2,846
22 AMERICAS NEWSROOM FOX NEWS Thurs. 11:00 AM 2,802
23 NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 1 L: NUGGETS/SPURS TNT Sat. 5:38 PM 2,781
24 NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 1 L: CLIPPERS/WARRIORS TNT Mon. 10:43 PM 2,771
25 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,767

All ratings are live + same-day. 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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