Elevated by its coverage of the National Basketball Association playoffs, TNT dunked on basic cable’s primetime ratings last week.
The drama network -- boosted by the Golden State Warriors’ upset over the Dallas Mavericks, the team with the best record in the current season and last year’s finalist -- averaged a 2.2 household rating during the week of April 30-May 6, according to a Disney ABC Cable Networks analysis of Nielsen Media Research data.
That performance gave TNT a 0.4-point edge over second place Disney Channel’s 1.8 average and a half a rating point lead over USA Network.
Fox News Channel was fourth for the week at a 1.2, 0.1 higher than TBS, FX, Cartoon Network and Nick at Nite. A&E Network, Hallmark Channel and Lifetime Television rounded out the top 10, each with a 1.0 mark for the week.
TNT’s presentation of the Warriors’ game-six clincher over Mark Cuban’s Mavericks May 3 was the top show in basic cable last week, earning a 4.0 household rating. Game five May 1 of the series -- which marked the first time a No. 8 seed toppled a No. 1 seed since the league went to four-of-seven series for that round -- was fourth for the week with a 3.3.
USA’s presentation of World Wrestling Entertainment’s Monday Night Raw franchise were second and third for the week, pinning a 3.7 from 10 p.m.-11: 06 p.m. April 30 and a 3.4 in the earlier hour.
All told, TNT’s NBA action grabbed seven of the top 19 shows for the week.
Also populating basic cable’s top 10 for the week were a pair of episodes apiece from Nickelodeon powerhouses SpongeBob SquarePants and Fairly OddParents and the May 4 installment of Hannah Montana, which delivered a 2.8 household rating for Disney that night from 8 p.m.-8:30 p.m.