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Weekly Cable Ratings: TNT Rolls Again in Primetime

Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks shoots the ball against Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors during the second half during the fourth quarter in Game Two of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Finals at Chase Center on May 20, 2022 in San Francisco, California.
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The NBA and NHL playoffs continue to pay big dividends to TNT and ESPN as both networks landed at the top of the primetime chart last week.

TNT averaged 2.8 million viewers in primetime for the week of May 16 to May 22 to finish in first for the third straight week, followed by ESPN, which finished second with 2.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen. 

Fox News finished third in primetime with 2.2 million viewers, followed by MSNBC with 910,000 viewers and HGTV with 903,000 watchers. TLC pulled into sixth place with 804,000 viewers, followed by INSP (780,000 viewers), Hallmark Channel (758,000), History (672,000) and Food Network (659,000.)

On a 24-hour basis, Fox News won for the 20th consecutive week with 1.4 million viewers, followed by ESPN (831,000 viewers), TNT (788,000), MSNBC (603,000) and HGTV (526,000), according to network officials.   

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.