TNT Scores Weekly Primetime Ratings Win

Fox News remains at the top in total day

TNT was the most watched cable network in primetime last week, its fourth weekly ratings win in the last five weeks.

TNTs NBA playoffs coverage helped the network average 3.1 million viewers for the week of May 15-May 21 to defeat last week’s winner Fox News, which averaged 2.2 million viewers for the period, according to Nielsen.

MSNBC finished third with 1.8 million viewers, followed by ESPN’s 1.7 million viewers and CNN’s 1.4 million watchers, said Nielsen. USA, HGTV and TBS (tied with 1.3 million) and Discovery Channel, History and NBCSN (tied with 1 million viewers) rounded out the top 10 most watched networks for the week.

Fox News was the most watched network on a total day basis for the 20th consecutive week, topping Nickelodeon, MSNBC, CNN, TNT and Adult Swim, according to Nielsen 

TNT and Adult Swim were the top choices for adults 18-49 in primetime and on a total day basis, respectively.

Most Watched Shows For The Week Of May 15-May 21

DateShowNetworkTotal Viewers

5/21   NBA Playoffs – Boston/Cleveland                         TNT                           6.9 million

5/15   NBA Playoffs – Wash/Boston                               TNT                           6.8 million

5/17   NBA Playoffs – Cleveland/Boston                         TNT                           6.4 million

5/20   NBA Playoffs – Golden State/San Antonio            ESPN                          6.3 million

5/16   NBA Playoffs – Golden State/San Antonio            ESPN                          5.7 million

5/19   NBA Playoffs – Cleveland/Boston                        TNT                            5.0 million

5/21   Inside The NBA                                                 TNT                            3.3 million

5/16   NBA Draft Lottery                                             ESPN                          3.2 million

5/15   Rachel Maddow Show                                       MSNBC                       3.1 million

5/21   Sunday Morning Futures                                  Fox News                     3.0 million

5/16   Rachel Maddow Show                                      MSNBC                        3.0 million

Source: Nielsen