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Black Cable TV Ratings for Week of April 27 - May 3
Despite more NBA games on chart, Top 25 cable audience falls from previous week

(May 10, 2015) The NBA boosted its dominance over cable TV viewing in black households when compared to the previous week. Basketball-related programming captured 15 slots on the Top 25 chart, with a 20.1 million black viewers. That's up from the 12.4 million and 12 chart positions. Despite that popularity, non-NBA programs claimed the first four spot on the chart.

TNT, not surprisingly, was the most watched cable network among the Top 25, with 11.6 million watching 10 NBA-related shows. VH1 was second with 6.8 million across four of its offerings, while Bravo had 4.7 million for four programs.

The total number of viewers for the Top 25 cable shows. According to Nielsen, was down 15 percent from the previous week to 30.5 million.

Top 25 Cable Shows in Black Households

   Rank | Program | Network | AA Rating | AA Share | AA Viewers 2+(000)

1

LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA 4

VH1

12.9

19.4

2,600

2

REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA

BRAVO

10.3

16.1

1,841

3

IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG

OWN

9.8

14.4

1,767

4

LHH ATL AFTERPARTY LIVE

VH1

9.6

13.8

1,903

5

NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 1

TNT

8.5

15.1

1,603

6

NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 1

TNT

7.6

12.0

1,501

7

NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 1

TNT

7.1

12.8

1,439

8

WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE

BRAVO

7.0

10.5

1,241

9

NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 1

TNT

6.8

10.4

1,292

10

NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 1

TNT

6.6

10.5

1,180

11

LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA 4

VH1

6.0

8.6

1,215

12

SWAB STORIES

VH1

5.9

8.4

1,178

13

NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 1

TNT

5.8

8.5

1,144

14

NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 1

TNT

5.5

9.1

1,091

15

NFL DRAFT 

ESPN

5.1

8.0

1,048

16

BLOOD, SWEAT & HEELS

BRAVO

5.1

7.4

862

17

WWE ENTERTAINMENT

USA

4.7

6.7

990

18

NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 1

TNT

4.6

7.7

789

19

NBA PLAYOFFS-1ST RD    

ESPN

4.6

8.0

891

20

WWE ENTERTAINMENT

USA

4.4

6.3

955

21

INSIDE THE NBA PLAYOFFS

TNT

4.3

7.7

846

22

WWE ENTERTAINMENT

USA

4.3

6.5

871

23

REAL HOUSEWIVES ATLANTA

BRAVO

4.3

6.6

756

24

NBA PLAYOFFS- ROUND 1

TNT

4.0

6.5

755

25

GAME OF THRONES

HBO

3.7

5.5

820

Source: Nielsen. Number of viewers ages 2+ shown in thousands (1,000 = 1 million). Rankings are based on share of black households. Representing more than 13.45 million television households in the U.S., the African-American television audience is the largest minority segment in Nielsen's measurement samples. All times eastern.


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