The season 8 premiere of “Game of Thrones” scored the HBO fantasy series’ largest audience ever, so it comes as no surprise that it easily dominated the cable charts for the week of April 8.

With a 5.0 rating in adults 18-49, “Thrones” beat any of the week’s other shows in the demo by almost four whole points, with TNT’s broadcast of the Jazz vs. Rockets NBA playoff game (1.3) coming second.

Additionally, the show’s 11.76 million viewer audience not only gave it the no. 1 spot in the total viewers measure as well, but was over 8 million viewers more than what any of the week’s other cable shows managed to rake in. Fox News’ Thursday night edition of “Hannity” was the week’s second-most-watched broadcast with 3.47 million viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for April 8-14, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 GAME OF THRONES – P HBO Sun. 9:03 PM 5.0 6,438
2 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – JAZZ/ROCKETS TNT Sun. 9:38 PM 1.3 1,626
3 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,472
4 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,408
5 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – PISTONS/BUCKS TNT Sun. 7:08 PM 1.0 1,331
NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – MAGIC/RAPTORS ESPN Sat. 5:19 PM 1.0 1,306
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,280
8 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – NETS/76ERS ESPN Sat. 2:40 PM 0.8 1,062
NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – SPURS/NUGGETS ESPN Sat. 10:30 PM 0.8 1,050
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,011
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 998
12 BARRY HBO Sun. 10:01 PM 0.7 922
SPORTSCENTER EARLY ESPN Sat. 7:37 PM 0.7 909
LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.7 896
NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – PACERS/CELTICS TNT Sun. 1:08 PM 0.7 883
CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 0.7 858
LIVE PD: 199 LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.7 858
18 VANDERPUMP RULES BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 730
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.6 730
MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT – SECOND ROUND ESPN Fri. 3:00 PM 0.6 730
NBA BASKETBALL – ROCKETS/THUNDER TNT Tues. 9:39 PM 0.6 717
MASTERS RAIN FILL ESPN Fri. 5:03 PM 0.6 717
LIVE PD: 198 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 717
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN Sat. 12:59 AM 0.6 717
25 TEEN MOM II MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.5 691
CHALLENGE: WAR OF WORLDS MTV Weds. 9:00 PM 0.5 691
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Sun. 12:06 AM 0.5 678
BUDDY VS DUFF FOOD Sun. 9:00 PM 0.5 678
DOUBLE SHOT AT LOVE MTV Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.5 653
DOUBLE SHOT AT LOVE MTV Thurs. 8:45 PM 0.5 640
NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME TNT Sun. 6:30 PM 0.5 640
MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT ESPN Thurs. 3:00 PM 0.5 589

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for April 8-14, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 GAME OF THRONES – P HBO Sun. 9:03 PM 11,760
2 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,466
3 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,292
4 MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT: SECOND ROUND ESPN Fri. 3:00 PM 3,228
5 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,182
6 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 3,158
7 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,060
8 CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 3,053
9 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – JAZZ/ROCKETS TNT Sun. 9:38 PM 3,040
10 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,943
11 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 2,932
12 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 2,906
13 MASTERS RAIN FILL ESPN Fri. 5:03 PM 2,880
14 HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: BOTTLED WITH LOVE HALLMARK Sat. 8:00 PM 2,803
15 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Weds. 10:00 PM 2,764
16 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 2,742
17 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,706
18 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 1 – PISTONS/BUCKS TNT Sun. 7:08 PM 2,663
19 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 2,646
20 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,643
21 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,633
22 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,580
23 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Tues. 10:00 PM 2,545
24 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 2,535
25 HANNITY – S FOX NEWS Fri. 9:00 PM 2,527

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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