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Fox rules kids, CBS day reign holds

The Fox Children’s Network captured the top spot with the kids, ABC’s “Good Morning America” was the best-rated morning program and CBS continued its streak in daytime, according to Nielsen statistics for the week ending March 14.

ABC’s “Nightline” also had a strong week, averaging a 5.9 rating, 19 share, easily topping “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” (4.5/13) in their common half-hour.

“Tonight” averaged a 4.1/13 and CBS’ “Crimetime” posted a 3.1/10.

In the children’s area, FCN has come on as a strong contender to grab the top spot among viewers 2-11. The win gives FCN its sixth crown in the past 10 weeks.

Indeed, for the week, FCN had five of the top 10 Saturday morning programs, including “X-Men,” which had the highest household rating for the week. CBS’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” was thehighest-rated show for kids 2-11.

Among that demographic, FCN had a 5.9/20, CBS a 5.8/19 and ABC a 5.1/17. On a season-to-date basis, CBS is on top with a 6.0 average among kids 2-11 with FCN averaging a 5.4 and ABC a 5.1.

The weekday morning race went to “GMA,” which generated a 4.7/19 for the week , topping NBC’s “Today” (4.4/18) and “CBS This Morning” (3.3/13). On the season, “GMA” is averaging a 4.5/20, “Today” a 4.3/19 and “CBS This Morning” a 3.1/14.

CBS maintained its streak in the daytime race, copping its 210th consecutive weekly win in household ratings. The Eye Web averaged a 5.6/20, ABC a 5.1/18 and NBC a 3.0/11. For the season, the standings stay the same.

Top weekend sports program was CBS’ NCAA tournament pairing show on March 14, which drew an 8.8/16, higher than opening-round tourney coverage Thursday night.