TV Ratings Saturday: NCAA Basketball Easily Wins Pre-Easter Saturday

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March 31st, 2013

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Scoreboard CBS ABC NBC FOX
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.5/9 1.2/4 0.8/3 0.5/2
Total Viewers (million) 8.601 5.889 3.639 1.946

Due to the nature of live  programming the ratings for CBS (NCAA Basketball tournament) are approximate and subject to more than the typical adjustments in the final numbers. See below for more information on these Fast Affiliate Ratings.

CBS was number one with adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On CBS, the NCAA Basketball Tournament notched a preliminary 3.2 rating from 8-10PM

On ABC, The Ten Commandments garnered a 1.2 adults 18-49 rating.

On FOX,  Cops scored a 0.7, down three tenths from last week's 1.0 adults 18-49 rating.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Saturday, March 30, 2013

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM CBS NCAA Basketball Tournament (8-10PM) 3.2 11 10.51
ABC The Ten Commandments (8-11PM) 1.2 4 5.90
FOX Cops 0.7 3 2.61
NBC Dateline NBC -R (8-10PM) 0.7 2 3.90
8:30PM FOX Cops -R 0.7 3 2.61
9:00PM FOX The Following -R 0.3 1 1.28
10:00 PM CBS Elementary -R 1.1 4 4.78
NBC Saturday Night Live -R 0.9 3 3.100

Nielsen TV Ratings: ©2013 The Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved.


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  • VON

    I think the Ten Commandments has such good ratings because you know exactly when it will be on (Saturday before Easter). I don’t think the other networks are as consistent with Charlie Brown and It’s a Wonderful Life.

  • Das Ravenator

    College basketball seems to skew older than NBA basketball. Which is wierd. You would think it would be the other way around.

    Maybe because older people hate the NBA? Younger people are into Super Stars, ie. the LeBrons, Kobes, etc… Older people are into teams and traditions…

  • MJ

    The Ten Commandments still has very good ratings and remains as one of the great classics of all times.

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