To no one’s surprise, the “Game of Thrones” series finale easily led the cable ratings for the week of May 13.

The HBO hit show’s final episode scored a series high 5.8 rating among adults 18-49, double what any of the week’s other cable broadcasts scored in the demo. “Thrones” also rose to its largest linear audience ever, with 13.6 million viewers – almost six million more than any of its cable competition drew in.

Meanwhile, the NBA conference finals had a dominant presence in the ratings throughout the rest of the week, with ESPN’s broadcasts of the Thursday and Tuesday night games between Portland and Golden State coming second and third in both the adults 18-49 and total viewers measures.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for May 13-19, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 GAME OF THRONES HBO Sun. 9:03 PM 5.8 7,398
2 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF FINALS – PORTLAND/GOLDEN STATE ESPN Thurs. 9:10 PM 2.9 3,712
3 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF FINALS – PORTLAND/GOLDEN STATE ESPN Tues. 9:00 PM 2.8 3,571
4 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF FINALS – PORTLAND/GOLDEN STATE ESPN Sat. 9:12 PM 2.6 3,290
5 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF FINALS – BUCKS/RAPTORS TNT Sun. 7:01 PM 2.1 2,701
6 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF FINALS – RAPTORS/BUCKS TNT Weds. 8:31 PM 2.0 2,598
7 NBA DRAFT LOTTERY ESPN Tues. 8:30 PM 1.7 2,150
8 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF FINALS – RAPTORS/BUCKS TNT Fri. 8:31 PM 1.6 2,010
9 NBA COURTSIDE ESPN Thurs. 9:00 PM 1.4 1,754
10 NBA COURTSIDE ESPN Sat. 9:00 PM 1.3 1,715
11 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Weds. 10:58 PM 1.2 1,523
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Thurs. 11:38 PM 1.2 1,510
13 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Sat. 11:42 PM 1.1 1,459
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Sun. 10:13 PM 1.1 1,434
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Tues. 11:31 PM 1.1 1,344
16 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,152
BARRY HBO Sun. 10:25 PM 0.9 1,139
18 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Fri. 11:06 PM 0.8 1,075
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,037
NBA: THE JUMP ESPN Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 960
21 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.7 896
LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.7 870
23 NHL CONFERENCE FINALS – BOSTON/CAROLINA NBC SPORTS Tues. 7:55 PM 0.6 819
NHL CONFERENCE FINALS – BOSTON/CAROLINA NBC SPORTS Thurs. 7:56 PM 0.6 781
NBA PRE-GAME ESPN Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.6 742
LAST WEEK TONIGHT HBO Sun. 11:01 PM 0.6 742
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.6 717
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN Thurs. 1:01 AM 0.6 717
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.6 704
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN Sat. 1:00 AM 0.6 704

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for May 13-19, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 GAME OF THRONES HBO Sun. 9:03 PM 13,613
2 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF FINALS – PORTLAND/GOLDEN STATE ESPN Thurs. 9:10 PM 7,877
3 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF FINALS – PORTLAND/GOLDEN STATE ESPN Tues. 9:00 PM 7,315
4 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF FINALS – PORTLAND/GOLDEN STATE ESPN Sat. 9:12 PM 7,247
5 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF FINALS – BUCKS/RAPTORS TNT Sun. 7:01 PM 6,158
6 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF FINALS – RAPTORS/BUCKS TNT Weds. 8:31 PM 5,488
7 NBA DRAFT LOTTERY ESPN Tues. 8:30 PM 4,427
8 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF FINALS – RAPTORS/BUCKS TNT Fri. 8:31 PM 4,394
9 NBA COURTSIDE ESPN Thurs. 9:00 PM 4,048
10 NBA COURTSIDE ESPN Sat. 9:00 PM 3,991
11 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 3,384
12 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,121
13 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,099
14 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Sun. 10:13 PM 3,016
15 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 2,923
16 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Thurs. 11:38 PM 2,847
17 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Weds. 10:58 PM 2,843
18 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 2,827
19 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Sat. 11:42 PM 2,816
20 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 2,712
21 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 2,705
22 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,648
23 HANNITY SPECIAL FOX NEWS Fri. 9:00 PM 2,621
24 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,587
25 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 2,576

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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