“Game of Thrones” continued to smash its cable competition for the week of May 6.

The HBO hit series remained the week’s no. 1 cable show in the adults 18-49 demo, posting a 5.4 rating, up three-tenths from its previous 5.1 and almost double what any of the week’s other cable shows scored.

Once again, “Thrones” was the week’s most-watched broadcast as well, with an all-time high 12.48 million viewer audience – beating its closest competition by over 5 million viewers.

TNT’s broadcast of the Rockets vs. Warriors NBA playoff game came second in adults 18-49 with a 2.8 rating. Meanwhile, ESPN’s broadcast of the Golden State vs. Houston game was the week’s second-most-watched cable broadcast, raking in 7.33 million viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for May 6-12, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 GAME OF THRONES HBO Sun. 9:03 PM 5.4 6,925
2 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 – ROCKETS/WARRIORS TNT Weds. 10:35 PM 2.8 3,520
3 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF SEMIS – GOLDEN STATE/HOUSTON ESPN Fri. 9:12 PM 2.6 3,366
NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 – WARRIORS/ROCKETS TNT Mon. 9:36 PM 2.6 3,264
5 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 – 76ERS/RAPTORS TNT Sun. 7:00 PM 2.5 3,187
6 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 – CELTICS/BUCKS TNT Weds. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,355
7 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF SEMIS – TORONTO/PHILADELPHIA ESPN Thurs. 8:10 PM 1.5 1,971
NBA PLAYOFFS CONF SEMIS – DENVER/PORTLAND ESPN Thurs. 10:42 PM 1.5 1,958
9 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 – TRAILBLAZERS/NUGGETS TNT Tues. 10:35 PM 1.4 1,805
NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 – 76ERS / RAPTORS TNT Tues. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,792
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Fri. 11:39 PM 1.4 1,766
12 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Sun. 9:43 PM 1.3 1,715
NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 – BUCKS/CELTICS TNT Mon. 7:00 PM 1.3 1,638
14 NBA COURTSIDE ESPN Fri. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,574
15 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Weds. 1:17 AM 1.1 1,395
INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Mon. 12:13 AM 1.1 1,344
17 BARRY HBO Sun. 10:23 PM 0.8 1,024
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,011
NBA PLAYOFFS PRE-GAME TNT Sun. 6:30 PM 0.8 973
LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.8 960
21 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 934
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Thurs. 1:07 AM 0.7 909
NHL SEMI FINALS – DALLAS/ST. LOUIS NBC SPORTS Tues. 7:55 PM 0.7 896
LIVE PD: 208 LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.7 896
NBA COURTSIDE ESPN Thurs. 8:00 PM 0.7 883
NHL CONFERENCE FINALS – CAROLINA/BOSTON NBC SPORTS Thurs. 7:55 PM 0.7 870

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for May 6-12, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 GAME OF THRONES HBO Sun. 9:03 PM 12,479
2 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF SEMIS – GOLDEN STATE/HOUSTON ESPN Fri. 9:12 PM 7,328
3 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 – 76ERS/RAPTORS TNT Sun. 7:00 PM 6,935
4 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 – WARRIORS/ROCKETS TNT Mon. 9:36 PM 6,881
5 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 – ROCKETS/WARRIORS TNT Weds. 10:35 PM 6,766
6 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 – CELTICS/BUCKS TNT Weds. 8:00 PM 4,821
7 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF SEMIS – TORONTO/PHILADELPHIA ESPN Thurs. 8:10 PM 4,406
8 NBA PLAYOFFS CONF SEMIS – DENVER/PORTLAND ESPN Thurs. 10:42 PM 3,947
9 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 – BUCKS/CELTICS TNT Mon. 7:00 PM 3,716
10 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 – 76ERS / RAPTORS TNT Tues. 8:00 PM 3,713
11 NBA COURTSIDE ESPN Fri. 9:00 PM 3,705
12 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Sun. 9:43 PM 3,625
13 SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN Fri. 11:39 PM 3,495
14 NBA PLAYOFFS ROUND 2 – TRAILBLAZERS/NUGGETS TNT Tues. 10:35 PM 3,428
15 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 3,407
16 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,179
17 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 3,118
18 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 3,063
19 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,040
20 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,996
21 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 2,957
22 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 2,950
23 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 2,850
24 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,797
25 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Weds. 10:00 PM 2,689

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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