Sports programming ruled the cable rankings in the week of April 23.

Round 1 of the NFL Draft on ESPN finished first for the week in both adults 18-49 (2.1 rating) and total viewers (5.34 million). Playoff games from the NBA took up the next 10 spots in the 18-49 rankings and the next eight in viewers.

In both measures, the opening game of the second-round series between the Golden State Warriors and New Orleans Pelicans finished second (1.7 in adults 18-49, 4.56 million viewers).

Top 25 original cable shows in adults 18-49 for April 23-29, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NFL DRAFT ROUND 1 ESPN Thurs. 7:55 PM 2.1 2,701
2 NBA PLAYOFFS – PELICANS/WARRIORS GM 1 TNT Sat. 10:36 PM 1.7 2,189
3 NBA PLAYOFFS – THUNDER/JAZZ GM 4 TNT Mon. 10:38 PM 1.6 2,099
NBA PLAYOFFS – PACERS/CAVALIERS GM 5 TNT Weds. 7:11 PM 1.6 2,074
NBA PLAYOFFS – SPURS/WARRIORS GM 5 TNT Tues. 10:45 PM 1.6 2,010
NBA PLAYOFFS – BUCKS/CELTICS GM 7 TNT Sat. 8:00 PM 1.6 1,997
7 NBA PLAYOFFS – THUNDER/JAZZ GM 6 ESPN Fri. 10:34 PM 1.5 1,894
NBA PLAYOFFS – T-WOLVES/ROCKETS GM 5 TNT Weds. 9:49 PM 1.5 1,856
9 NBA PLAYOFFS – HEAT/76ERS GM 5 TNT Tues. 8:09 PM 1.4 1,843
NBA PLAYOFFS – ROCKETS/T-WOLVES GM 4 TNT Mon. 8:09 PM 1.4 1,779
NBA PLAYOFFS – CAVALIERS/PACERS GM 6 ESPN Fri. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,779
12 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,395
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,395
14 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,331
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,242
FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,242
17 JERSEY SHORE FAMILY VACATION MTV Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,152
18 NBA PLAYOFFS – CELTICS/BUCKS GM 6 TNT Thurs. 8:13 PM 0.8 1,075
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,024
NFL DRAFT ROUND 1 NFLN Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,024
SPORTSCENTER ESPN Fri. 1:14 AM 0.8 1,024
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Mon. 1:25 AM 0.8 1,011
TEYANA & IMAN VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 986
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Weds. 12:15 AM 0.8 973
NFL DRAFT ESPN Fri. 6:56 PM 0.8 960

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for April 23-29, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NFL DRAFT ROUND 1 ESPN Thurs. 7:55 PM 5,336
2 NBA PLAYOFFS – PELICANS/WARRIORS GM 1 TNT Sat. 10:36 PM 4,559
3 NBA PLAYOFFS – PACERS/CAVALIERS GM 5 TNT Weds. 7:11 PM 4,069
4 NBA PLAYOFFS – BUCKS/CELTICS GM 7 TNT Sat. 8:00 PM 4,060
5 NBA PLAYOFFS – THUNDER/JAZZ GM 4 TNT Mon. 10:38 PM 3,874
6 NBA PLAYOFFS – SPURS/WARRIORS GM 5 TNT Tues. 10:45 PM 3,766
7 NBA PLAYOFFS – CAVALIERS/PACERS GM 6 ESPN Fri. 8:00 PM 3,642
8 NBA PLAYOFFS – HEAT/76ERS GM 5 TNT Tues. 8:09 PM 3,610
9 NBA PLAYOFFS – THUNDER/JAZZ GM 6 ESPN Fri. 10:34 PM 3,596
10 HANNITY FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,508
11 NBA PLAYOFFS – ROCKETS/T-WOLVES GM 4 TNT Mon. 8:09 PM 3,494
12 NBA PLAYOFFS – T-WOLVES/ROCKETS GM 5 TNT Weds. 9:49 PM 3,459
13 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,283
14 HANNITY FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,281
15 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 3,210
16 HANNITY FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,127
17 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Thurs. 6:00 PM 3,086
18 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,960
19 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,943
20 HANNITY FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,918
21 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 2,819
22 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 2,785
23 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,739
24 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,733
25 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FNC Mon. 10:00 PM 2,722

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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