×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

TV Ratings: NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Up Slightly for CBS

First-round action in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament was a winner for CBS.

Airing across primetime, the tournament averaged 4.98 million total viewers, according to Nielsen final live-plus-same day numbers. That’s up 11% from last year’s 4.47 million the comparable night.

Across all linear and digital platforms, including TBS, CBS, TNT, truTV and NCAA March Madness Live, tournament coverage averaged 8.6 million viewers, according to CBS Sport, up from 8.2 million last year.

ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” was the top entertainment show of the evening, up one tenth of a point in the 18-49 demo from last week with a 1.8 and 7.3 million total viewers. “Scandal” was even in the demo at 1.1 and drew 4.9 million viewers. The season finale of “How to Get away With Murder” was up one tenth in the demo from last week with a 1.0 and averaged 4 million viewers. ABC averaged a 1.5 rating and 6 share in the demo.

On NBC, “Superstore” led off with a 1.0 (even with last week) and 3.9 million viewers. “AP Bio” followed with a 0.8 (up one tenth) and 3 million viewers. “Will & Grace” averaged a 1.2 (up two tenths) and 4.7 million viewers. “Champions” averaged a 0.7 (even with its premiere) and 3 million viewers. NBC averaged a 0.8 / 3 in the demo.

On Fox, “Gotham” averaged a 0.6 (down a tenth) and 2.5 million viewers. “Showtime at the Apollo” followed with a 0.6 (even) and 2,4 million viewers. Fox averaged a 0.6 / 2 in the demo.

The CW’s “Tough Mudder: Tougher Together” averaged a 0,2 in the demo and 520,000 viewers.

More TV

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    China's Huanxi Media Picks Up 'Snowpiercer' TV Show From ITV Studios

    China’s Huanxi Media Group Limited has bought the exclusive broadcasting right in the mainland for the forthcoming sci-fi TV series “Snowpiercer” from ITV Studios Global Entertainment. The show is based on South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho’s film of the same name and is set to debut on TBS in the U.S. in the spring of [...]

  • James Marsden attends the 2019 MOCA

    New Abortion Ban Laws Take Center Stage at MOCA Gala

    Forty years ago in Los Angeles, the decision to invest millions in a museum dedicated exclusively to contemporary art — not to mention its formerly desolate downtown location, where the vibe was more apocalyptic than artsy — was a risky proposition. But now that the city’s cultural heart has shifted south of Hollywood, it seems [...]

  • WGA Agents Contract Tug of War

    Writers Guild Expands Suit Against Agencies With New Fraud Allegations

    The Writers Guild of America has bulked up its lawsuit with additional fraud allegations against Hollywood’s four biggest talent agencies. The WGA amended its suit Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court with the claim that CAA, WME, UTA and ICM partners have engaged “constructive fraud” by allegedly placing their own interests ahead of their clients [...]

  • Jason Mitchell

    Jason Mitchell Dropped From 'The Chi' Season 3, Netflix Film

    Jason Mitchell is being dropped from a number of his current and upcoming projects. Variety has confirmed that the up and coming actor will not return for “The Chi’s” already announced third season, with Season 2 of the show currently airing on Showtime. In addition, Mitchell will no longer be starring in the Netflix film “Desperados,” in [...]

  • Maisie Williams

    TV News Roundup: Maisie Williams to Guest Judge 'RuPaul's Drag Race UK'

    In today’s roundup, Maisie Williams will guest judge on “RuPaul’s Drag Race UK” and “Drunk History” will return with eight new episodes to Comedy Central.  DATES Comedy Central‘s “Drunk History” will return with eight new episodes beginning with “Derek Waters’ Believe It or Not” Tuesday, June 18 at 10 p.m. The series premiere of “Alternatino [...]

  • Lisa Kudrow

    Lisa Kudrow Joins Lee Daniels-Whitney Cummings Comedy Pilot 'Good People' at Amazon

    Lisa Kudrow has signed on to star in and executive produce the comedy pilot “Good People” currently in the works at Amazon, Variety has learned. The half-hour project hails from writers and executive producers Whitney Cummings and Lee Daniels, with Cummings also set to star. It centers on three generations of women working in the [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content