With “Game of Thrones” officially over, the NBA conference finals returned to dominating the cable charts for the week of May 20.

ESPN’s broadcast of the Monday night game between Golden State and Portland was the week’s highest-rated and most-watched broadcast with a 2.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.79 million viewers. Meanwhile, the Thursday, Saturday, and Tuesday night Bucks vs. Raptors games gave TNT the following 3 spots in both measures.

Their NBA coverage throughout the week gave TNT and ESPN a combined 13 of the week’s top 25 spots among adults 18-49, and 7 of the top 25 most-watched broadcasts.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for May 20-26, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF FINALS – GOLDEN STATE/PORTLAND ESPN Mon. 9:11 PM 2.8 7,788
2 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF FINALS – RAPTORS/BUCKS TNT Thurs. 8:30 PM 2.3 6,234
3 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF FINALS – BUCKS/RAPTORS TNT Sat. 8:30 PM 2.2 6,438
4 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF FINALS – BUCKS/RAPTORS TNT Tues. 8:30 PM 2.0 5,299
5 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Thurs. 11:06 PM 1.6 3,565
6 NBA COURTSIDE ESPN Mon. 9:00 PM 1.4 4,099
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Sat. 11:19 PM 1.4 3,513
8 SPORTSCENTER LATE ESPN Mon. 11:52 PM 1.3 3,261
9 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Tues. 11:02 PM 1.1 2,608
10 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 2,681
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 2,583
12 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.8 2,299
13 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.7 1,454
14 NHL CONFERENCE FINALS – SAN JOSE/ST. LOUIS NBC SPORTS Tues. 7:55 PM 0.6 1,807
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.6 1,983
CHALLENGE: WAR OF WORLDS MTV Weds. 9:00 PM 0.6 1,042
17 SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN Mon. 1:00 AM 0.5 1,311
VANDERPUMP RULES BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.5 1,328
NBA PRE-GAME ESPN Mon. 8:00 PM 0.5 1,557
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.5 1,659
NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME TNT Sat. 8:00 PM 0.5 1,594
NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME TNT Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.5 1,588
NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME TNT Tues. 8:00 PM 0.5 1,459
SOUTHERN CHARM BRAVO Weds. 8:00 PM 0.5 1,228
GAME OF THRONES: THE LAST WATCH HBO Sun. 9:01 PM 0.5 1,634
90 DAY FIANCE: HAPPILY EVER AFTER? TLC Sun. 8:00 PM 0.5 1,684
90 DAY FIANCE: WHAT NOW? TLC Sun. 9:02 PM 0.5 1,693

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for May 20-26, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF FINALS – GOLDEN STATE/PORTLAND ESPN Mon. 9:11 PM 7,788
2 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF FINALS – BUCKS/RAPTORS TNT Sat. 8:30 PM 6,438
3 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF FINALS – RAPTORS/BUCKS TNT Thurs. 8:30 PM 6,234
4 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF FINALS – BUCKS/RAPTORS TNT Tues. 8:30 PM 5,299
5 NBA COURTSIDE ESPN Mon. 9:00 PM 4,099
6 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Thurs. 11:06 PM 3,565
7 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Sat. 11:19 PM 3,513
8 SPORTSCENTER LATE ESPN Mon. 11:52 PM 3,261
9 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,249
10 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,121
11 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 3,004
12 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,902
13 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 2,884
14 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 2,823
15 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,812
16 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 2,765
17 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,729
18 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,710
19 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 2,693
20 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 2,681
21 HANNITY SPECIAL FOX NEWS Fri. 9:00 PM 2,670
22 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,632
23 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,626
24 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Tues. 11:02 PM 2,608
25 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,583

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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