Five NBA conference finals games on TNT and ESPN dominated the cable ratings in the week of May 14 — and would have ruled the broadcast rankings among adults 18-49 as well.

The five games own five of the top 6 adults 18-49 ratings of the week, cable or broadcast. Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between Houston and Golden State leads the way with a 3.5 rating.

All five games would be in the top 20 among total viewers as well.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for May 14-20, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NBA WEST FINALS – WARRIORS/ROCKETS GM 1 TNT Mon. 9:00 PM 3.5 4,493
2 NBA EAST FINALS – CAVALIERS/CELTICS GM 2 ESPN Tues. 8:30 PM 3.3 4,160
3 NBA WEST FINALS – WARRIORS/ROCKETS GM 2 TNT Weds. 9:00 PM 2.9 3,725
NBA WEST FINALS – ROCKETS/WARRIORS GM 3 TNT Sun. 8:00 PM 2.9 3,686
5 NBA EAST FINALS – CELTICS/CAVALIERS GM 3 ESPN Sat. 8:30 PM 2.5 3,251
6 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Mon. 11:29 PM 1.7 2,163
7 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Sun. 10:24 PM 1.4 1,754
8 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Tues. 11:07 PM 1.3 1,690
9 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Weds. 11:28 PM 1.2 1,472
10 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,331
JERSEY SHORE FAMILY VACATION MTV Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,306
NBA DRAFT LOTTERY ESPN Tues. 7:30 PM 1.0 1,242
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,216
SPORTSCENTER ESPN Sat. 11:05 PM 1.0 1,216
15 BASKETBALL WIVES VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,165
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,114
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,114
18 FEAR THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,050
NBA PREGAME TNT Mon. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,024
20 NHL EAST FINALS – LIGHTNING/CAPITALS GM 4 NBCSN Thurs. 8:02 PM 0.7 909
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7 896
NBA PREGAME TNT Sun. 7:30 PM 0.7 896
TEEN MOM II MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 832
SPORTSCENTER ESPN Tues. 12:06 AM 0.7 832
25 VANDERPUMP RULES BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 794
NBA PREGAME TNT Weds. 8:00 PM 0.6 794
NBA PREGAME ESPN Sat. 7:35 PM 0.6 768
WESTWORLD HBO Sun. 9:02 PM 0.6 755
ROBOT CHICKEN ADSM Sun. 11:30 PM 0.6 704

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for May 14-20, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NBA WEST FINALS – WARRIORS/ROCKETS GM 1 TNT Mon. 9:00 PM 8,820
2 NBA EAST FINALS – CAVALIERS/CELTICS GM 2 ESPN Tues. 8:30 PM 8,229
3 NBA WEST FINALS – ROCKETS/WARRIORS GM 3 TNT Sun. 8:00 PM 7,797
4 NBA WEST FINALS – WARRIORS/ROCKETS GM 2 TNT Weds. 9:00 PM 7,496
5 NBA EAST FINALS – CELTICS/CAVALIERS GM 3 ESPN Sat. 8:30 PM 6,827
6 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Mon. 11:29 PM 3,954
7 HANNITY FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,601
8 HANNITY FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,445
9 INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS TNT Sun. 10:24 PM 3,381
10 HANNITY FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,188
11 HANNITY FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,103
12 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,076
13 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FNC Weds. 10:00 PM 3,052
14 HANNITY FNC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,925
15 SPORTSCENTER ESPN Tues. 11:07 PM 2,907
16 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 2,903
17 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,863
18 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FNC Mon. 10:00 PM 2,829
19 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FNC Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,735
20 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,692
21 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,675
22 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,657
23 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 2,652
24 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 2,628
25 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 2,604

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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