The first full week of the NBA Playoffs ruled the cable ratings for April 16-22.

Games on TNT and ESPN took up 16 of the top 25 spots (including ties) among adults 18-49 and 11 of the top 25 in total viewers. Sunday’s Cavaliers-Pacers contest finished No. 1 in both measures with a 2.6 in adults 18-49 and 6.07 million viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for April 16-22, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NBA PLAYOFFS – CAVALIERS/PACERS GM 4 TNT Sun. 8:49 PM 2.6 3,302
2 NBA PLAYOFFS – SPURS/WARRIORS GM 2 TNT Mon. 10:52 PM 1.5 1,971
NBA PLAYOFFS – WARRIORS/SPURS GM 3 TNT Thurs. 9:50 PM 1.5 1,946
NBA PLAYOFFS – T-WOLVES/ROCKETS GM 2 TNT Weds. 9:44 PM 1.5 1,894
5 NBA PLAYOFFS – PACERS/CAVALIERS GM 2 TNT Weds. 7:09 PM 1.4 1,805
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.4 1,766
NBA PLAYOFFS – HEAT/76ERS GM 2 TNT Mon. 8:14 PM 1.4 1,766
NBA PLAYOFFS – THUNDER/JAZZ GM 3 ESPN Sat. 10:05 PM 1.4 1,766
9 NBA PLAYOFFS – RAPTORS/WIZARDS GM 4 TNT Sun. 6:08 PM 1.3 1,715
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.3 1,690
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,664
NBA PLAYOFFS – PELICANS/BLAZERS GM 2 TNT Tues. 10:39 PM 1.3 1,626
13 NBA PLAYOFFS – 76ERS/HEAT GM 3 TNT Thurs. 7:09 PM 1.2 1,587
NBA PLAYOFFS – BUCKS/CELTICS GM 2 TNT Tues. 8:09 PM 1.2 1,498
NBA PLAYOFFS – CAVALIERS/PACERS GM 3 ESPN Fri. 7:00 PM 1.2 1,472
16 NBA PLAYOFFS – BLAZERS/PELICANS GM 4 TNT Sat. 5:15 PM 1.1 1,446
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Sun. 11:23 PM 1.1 1,446
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,395
NBA PLAYOFFS – ROCKETS/T-WOVLES GM 3 ESPN Sat. 7:36 PM 1.1 1,382
20 NBA PLAYOFFS – CELTICS/BUCKS GM 3 ESPN Fri. 9:40 PM 1.0 1,331
LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,293
JERSEY SHORE FAMILY VACATION MTV Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,293
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,254
24 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,152
WESTWORLD – P HBO Sun. 9:05 PM 0.9 1,139
NBA PLAYOFFS – 76ERS/HEAT GM 4 TNT Sat. 2:30 PM 0.9 1,126

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for April 16-22, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NBA PLAYOFFS – CAVALIERS/PACERS GM 4 TNT Sun. 8:49 PM 6,069
2 NBA PLAYOFFS – WARRIORS/SPURS GM 3 TNT Thurs. 9:50 PM 3,822
3 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 3,754
4 HANNITY FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,701
5 NBA PLAYOFFS – SPURS/WARRIORS GM 2 TNT Mon. 10:52 PM 3,653
6 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,634
7 NBA PLAYOFFS – PACERS/CAVALIERS GM 2 TNT Weds. 7:09 PM 3,614
8 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,613
9 HANNITY FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,525
10 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 3,479
11 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,427
12 NBA PLAYOFFS – HEAT/76ERS GM 2 TNT Mon. 8:14 PM 3,426
13 NBA PLAYOFFS – T-WOLVES/ROCKETS GM 2 TNT Weds. 9:44 PM 3,408
14 NBA PLAYOFFS – THUNDER/JAZZ GM 3 ESPN Sat. 10:05 PM 3,394
15 HANNITY FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,334
16 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,227
17 NBA PLAYOFFS – RAPTORS/WIZARDS GM 4 TNT Sun. 6:08 PM 3,165
18 NBA PLAYOFFS – 76ERS/HEAT GM 3 TNT Thurs. 7:09 PM 3,157
19 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,146
20 HANNITY FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,140
21 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 3,081
22 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 3,066
23 NBA PLAYOFFS – CAVALIERS/PACERS GM 3 ESPN Fri. 7:00 PM 3,060
24 NBA PLAYOFFS – BLAZERS/PELICANS GM 4 TNT Sat. 5:15 PM 2,984
25 LAST WORD W/LAWRENCE O’DONNELL MSNBC Mon. 10:00 PM 2,928

All ratings are live + same-day. Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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