It was another week where the cable charts were dominated by a certain HBO hit and a slew of live sports broadcasts.

“Game of Thrones” easily held onto the week’s top spots, despite taking small hits in both the adults 18-49 demo and in total viewers. The HBO series led the week with a 5.1 rating and 11.8 million viewers, down from its previous episode’s 5.3 and 12.02 million viewers.

Apart from “Thrones” though, it was TNT’s broadcast of the Tuesday night NBA playoff game between the Rockets and the Warriors that came second in both measures, with a 2.4 rating and 6.07 million viewers. The Celtics vs. Bucks game from the same night gave TNT the week’s no. 3 spots as well.

Combined, the network’s entire NBA playoff coverage throughout week gave it a total of 10 of the week’s top 30 spots in the demo.

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

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 GAME OF THRONES HBO Sun. 9:03 PM 5.1 6,490
2 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 – ROCKETS/WARRIORS TNT Tues. 10:35 PM 2.4 3,110
3 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 – CELTICS/BUCKS TNT Tues. 8:00 PM 1.7 2,125
4 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 – NUGGETS/TRAILBLAZERS TNT Sun. 7:00 PM 1.5 1,958
NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 – TRAILBLAZERS/NUGGETS TNT Mon. 10:35 PM 1.5 1,907
NBA PLAYOFFS CONF SEMIS – DENVER/PORTLAND ESPN Fri. 10:51 PM 1.5 1,882
NBA PLAYOFFS CONF SEMIS – MILWAUKEE/BOSTON ESPN Fri. 8:10 PM 1.5 1,869
8 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF SEMIS – TORONTO/PHILADELPHIA ESPN Thurs. 8:12 PM 1.4 1,830
NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 – 76ERS/RAPTORS TNT Mon. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,792
10 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 – TRAILBLAZERS/NUGGETS TNT Weds. 9:09 PM 1.3 1,702
11 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Tues. 1:10 AM 1.0 1,216
12 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Sun. 9:43 PM 0.9 1,190
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Weds. 11:47 PM 0.9 1,101
14 BARRY HBO Sun. 10:21 PM 0.8 1,037
LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,011
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.8 998
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Fri. 2:16 AM 0.8 960
18 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 947
CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 0.7 858
NHL SEMI FINALS – BOSTON/COLUMBUS NBC SPORTS Thurs. 7:26 PM 0.7 858
LIVE PD: 206 LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.7 858
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Thurs. 10:42 PM 0.7 832
23 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.6 819
NBA COURTSIDE ESPN Fri. 8:00 PM 0.6 806
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Mon. 1:08 AM 0.6 781
LIVE PD: 205 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 768
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.6 755
NBA COURTSIDE ESPN Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.6 755
NHL SEMI FINALS – BOSTON/COLUMBUS NBC SPORTS Tues. 6:56 PM 0.6 742
VANDERPUMP RULES BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 717

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for April 29 – May 5, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 GAME OF THRONES HBO Sun. 9:03 PM 11,795
2 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 – ROCKETS/WARRIORS TNT Tues. 10:35 PM 6,073
3 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 – CELTICS/BUCKS TNT Tues. 8:00 PM 4,404
4 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF SEMIS – MILWAUKEE/BOSTON ESPN Fri. 8:10 PM 4,057
5 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 – NUGGETS/TRAILBLAZERS TNT Sun. 7:00 PM 4,055
6 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF SEMIS – TORONTO/PHILADELPHIA ESPN Thurs. 8:12 PM 3,931
7 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 – 76ERS/RAPTORS TNT Mon. 8:00 PM 3,829
8 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,652
9 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF SEMIS – DENVER/PORTLAND ESPN Fri. 10:51 PM 3,651
10 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 – TRAILBLAZERS/NUGGETS TNT Mon. 10:35 PM 3,638
11 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,576
12 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 – TRAILBLAZERS/NUGGETS TNT Weds. 9:09 PM 3,513
13 CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 3,321
14 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,261
15 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 3,187
16 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,119
17 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 3,068
18 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,966
19 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Weds. 10:00 PM 2,958
20 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 2,858
21 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 2,851
22 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,818
23 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,799
24 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 2,780
25 HANNITY FOX NEWS Fri. 9:00 PM 2,750

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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