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Weekly Cable Ratings: TNT Wins in Primetime

Alex Caruso #4 of the Los Angeles Lakers slam dunks the ball past Devin Booker #1 and Cameron Payne #15 of the Phoenix Suns during the second half of Game Two of the Western Conference first-round playoff series at Phoenix Suns Arena on May 25, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona.
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TNT rode its coverage of the National Basketball Association playoffs to the top of the primetime ratings charts last week, according to Nielsen. 

TNT averaged 2.3 million primetime viewers during the week of May 24 to May 30 to end Fox News’ win streak in the category at eight weeks. Two of the network’s Los Angeles Lakers-Phoenix Suns first round NBA playoff series telecasts topped all cable shows for the week, with the May 25 Game 2 series telecast finishing first with 4 million viewers, according to Nielsen. 

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Fox News finished second with 1.9 million viewers, followed by MSNBC’s 1.3 million viewers and HGTV’s 1.2 million watchers. ESPN was fifth with 1 million viewers, followed by Discovery Channel (845,000), TLC (788,000), History (778,000), CNN (763,000) and INSP (736,000). 

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Fox News’ 1.4 million viewers on a 24-hour basis was tops in cable for the 15th consecutive week. TNT (849,000 viewers), MSNBC (804,000), HGTV (672,000) and CNN (557,000) rounded out  the top five most watched networks in the category, according to Nielsen. 

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.