The NBA Playoffs crowded out a lot of other shows in the cable rankings for the week of April 17. Coverage of the playoffs on TNT and ESPN took up 15 of the Top 25 spots among adults 18-49 and 13 of the Top 25 in total viewers.

The top-ranked game in both measures was Saturday’s Game 3 between the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers. It scored a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.38 million viewers. Game 2 of the Warriors-Blazers series was a close second in the 18-49 demographic at 1.7, while Game 4 between the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls finished second in viewers (4.28 million).

Top 25 cable shows in adults 18-49 for April 17-23, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 NBA PLAYOFFS – WARRIORS/BLAZERS GM 3 ESPN Sat. 11:03 PM 1.8 2,370
2 NBA PLAYOFFS – BLAZERS/WARRIORS GM 2 TNT Weds. 10:45 PM 1.7 2,200
NBA PLAYOFFS – CELTICS/BULLS GM 4 TNT Sun. 6:38 PM 1.7 2,184
4 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.6 2,033
NBA PLAYOFFS – CLIPPERS/JAZZ GM 3 TNT Sun. 9:15 PM 1.6 2,022
NBA PLAYOFFS – THUNDER/ROCKETS GM 2 TNT Weds. 8:09 PM 1.6 2,017
7 NBA PLAYOFFS – PACERS/CAVALIERS GM 2 TNT Mon. 7:09 PM 1.5 1,896
NBA PLAYOFFS – ROCKETS/THUNDER GM 3 ESPN Fri. 9:33 PM 1.5 1,883
9 NBA PLAYOFFS – CAVALIERS/PACERS GM 3 TNT Thurs. 7:09 PM 1.4 1,842
NBA PLAYOFFS – SPURS/GRIZZLIES GM 3 TNT Thurs. 9:50 PM 1.4 1,831
NBA PLAYOFFS – BULLS/CELTICS GM 2 TNT Tues. 8:09 PM 1.4 1,745
12 NBA PLAYOFFS – JAZZ/CLIPPERS GM 2 TNT Tues. 10:32 PM 1.3 1,716
NBA PLAYOFFS – GRIZZLIES/SPURS GM 2 TNT Mon. 9:47 PM 1.3 1,712
NBA PLAYOFFS – GRIZZLIES/SPURS GM 4 ESPN Sat. 8:01 PM 1.3 1,673
BASKETBALL WIVES VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 1.3 1,637
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 1.3 1,611
17 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,564
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.2 1,523
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,499
T.I. AND TINY VH1 Mon. 10:00 PM 1.2 1,489
21 T.I. AND TINY VH1 Mon. 10:30 PM 1.1 1,463
22 NBA PLAYOFFS – CELTICS/BULLS GM 4 ESPN Fri. 7:00 PM 1.0 1,280
STREET OUTLAWS DISC Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,226
24 NBA PLAYOFFS – WIZARDS/HAWKS GM 3 TNT Sat. 5:38 PM 0.9 1,216
SPORTSCENTER ESPN Sat. 1:20 AM 0.9 1,127

 

Top 25 cable shows in viewers for April 17-23, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 NBA PLAYOFFS – WARRIORS/BLAZERS GM 3 ESPN Sat. 11:03 PM 4,384
2 NBA PLAYOFFS – CELTICS/BULLS GM 4 TNT Sun. 6:38 PM 4,283
3 NBA PLAYOFFS – CLIPPERS/JAZZ GM 3 TNT Sun. 9:15 PM 3,960
4 NBA PLAYOFFS – BLAZERS/WARRIORS GM 2 TNT Weds. 10:45 PM 3,926
5 NBA PLAYOFFS – THUNDER/ROCKETS GM 2 TNT Weds. 8:09 PM 3,765
6 NBA PLAYOFFS – PACERS/CAVALIERS GM 2 TNT Mon. 7:09 PM 3,593
7 NBA PLAYOFFS – CAVALIERS/PACERS GM 3 TNT Thurs. 7:09 PM 3,590
8 NBA PLAYOFFS – SPURS/GRIZZLIES GM 3 TNT Thurs. 9:50 PM 3,477
9 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 3,473
10 NBA PLAYOFFS – ROCKETS/THUNDER GM 3 ESPN Fri. 9:33 PM 3,439
11 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,410
12 NBA PLAYOFFS – GRIZZLIES/SPURS GM 4 ESPN Sat. 8:01 PM 3,406
13 NBA PLAYOFFS – BULLS/CELTICS GM 2 TNT Tues. 8:09 PM 3,377
14 THE FACTOR FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 3,341
15 NBA PLAYOFFS – GRIZZLIES/SPURS GM 2 TNT Mon. 9:47 PM 3,181
16 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 3,169
17 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 3,151
18 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 3,146
19 NBA PLAYOFFS – JAZZ/CLIPPERS GM 2 TNT Tues. 10:32 PM 3,010
20 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 2,945
21 SPECIAL REPORT W/BRET BAIER FNC Mon. 6:00 PM 2,839
22 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,780
23 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,762
24 THE FACTOR FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,727
25 THE O’REILLY FACTOR FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 2,705

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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