Getting a bounce from National Basketball Association postseason action, Turner Network Television
slammed down a huge 2.9 prime-time average with 3.3 million viewers last week to
lead all cable networks in Nielsen ratings.
Three Los Angeles Lakers-San Antonio Spurs games collected ratings in the
5.0 range, good enough to be the highest-rated cable programs for the week of
May 5 through 11, according to Nielsen Media Research data from ABC Cable
ESPN's ratings also perked up with NBA action. ESPN averaged a 1.6 rating for
the week. Its best single-game rating, a 3.6, came for a May 8 game between the
Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento Kings.
Lifetime Television and Cartoon Network followed TNT in the rankings, each with 1.7
average ratings. Nickelodeon registered a 1.6 in prime time, slightly lower than its
For the first time in weeks, Fox News Channel fell out of the top five. Fox News
averaged a 1.5 prime-time rating. After ratings spikes from war coverage, Cable News Network
slipped back to a 0.8 and MSNBC dropped to a 0.3.