“Game of Thrones” led the cable charts for the week of April 22, as it has every week since its premiere earlier in the month.

The HBO hit series was easily the week’s highest-rated cable show, climbing up from its previous episode’s 4.4 to a 5.3 rating in the adults 18-49 demo, more than doubling any of the week’s other cable broadcasts. “Thrones,” unsurprisingly, raked in the week’s largest audience as well, with 12.02 million viewers tuning in.

While “Thrones” held onto the week’s no. 1 spots with considerable ease, it was ESPN’s coverage of the first round of the NFL Draft that came second in both measures, with a 2.0 rating and 4.86 million viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for April 22-28, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 GAME OF THRONES HBO Sun. 9:03 PM 5.3 6,758
2 NFL DRAFT ESPN Thurs. 8:00 PM 2.0 2,611
3 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – CLIPPERS/WARRIORS TNT Weds. 10:38 PM 1.7 2,150
4 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – GOLDEN STATE/LA CLIPPERS ESPN Fri. 10:00 PM 1.4 1,741
5 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – THUNDER/TRAILBLAZERS TNT Tues. 10:38 PM 1.3 1,702
NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – SPURS/NUGGETS TNT Sat. 10:02 PM 1.3 1,677
7 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – JAZZ/ROCKETS TNT Weds. 8:09 PM 1.2 1,574
NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – ROCKETS/JAZZ TNT Mon. 10:47 PM 1.2 1,549
9 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – 76ERS/RAPTORS TNT Sat. 7:30 PM 1.1 1,408
10 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – BUCKS/PISTONS TNT Mon. 8:08 PM 1.0 1,306
NFL DRAFT: ROUNDS 2-3 ESPN Fri. 7:00 PM 1.0 1,254
12 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – NETS/76ERS TNT Tues. 8:09 PM 0.9 1,165
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,152
BARRY HBO Sun. 10:27 PM 0.9 1,088
15 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Weds. 1:15 AM 0.8 1,075
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Tues. 1:09 AM 0.8 1,050
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,011
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Sat. 12:41 AM 0.8 973
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.8 960
LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.8 960
21 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7 909
SPORTSCENTER SPECIAL ESPN Thurs. 7:00 PM 0.7 883
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Fri. 12:43 AM 0.7 858
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Thurs. 12:00 AM 0.7 845
25 NHL QTR FINALS – CAROLINA/WASHINGTON NBC SPORTS Weds. 7:27 PM 0.6 794
NFL DRAFT: 2019 NFL DRAFT DAY 1 NFL NETWORK Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.6 768
LIVE PD: 203 LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.6 768
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.6 742
LIVE PD: 202 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 730

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for April 22-28, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 GAME OF THRONES HBO Sun. 9:03 PM 12,017
2 NFL DRAFT: ROUND 1 ESPN Thurs. 8:00 PM 4,864
3 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – CLIPPERS/WARRIORS TNT Weds. 10:38 PM 4,091
4 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – GOLDEN STATE/LA CLIPPERS ESPN Fri. 10:00 PM 3,713
5 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – SPURS/NUGGETS TNT Sat. 10:02 PM 3,492
6 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – JAZZ/ROCKETS TNT Weds. 8:09 PM 3,371
7 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,295
8 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,156
9 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – THUNDER/TRAILBLAZERS TNT Tues. 10:38 PM 3,112
10 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – 76ERS/RAPTORS TNT Sat. 7:30 PM 3,075
11 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – ROCKETS/JAZZ TNT Mon. 10:47 PM 2,963
12 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 2,939
13 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 2,918
14 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 2,885
15 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 2,871
16 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 2,829
17 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – BUCKS/PISTONS TNT Mon. 8:08 PM 2,811
18 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,758
19 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,732
20 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,715
21 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 2,680
22 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,617
23 JUSTICE W/ JUDGE JEANINE FOX NEWS Sat. 9:00 PM 2,604
24 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Weds. 10:00 PM 2,597
25 NFL DRAFT: ROUNDS 2-3 ESPN Fri. 7:00 PM 2,587

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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