Coverage of the NCAA Tournament on TBS and TNT ruled Saturday’s cable ratings.

Tournament games and studio shows claimed seven of the top 8 adults 18-49 ratings among cable originals for the day and five of the six largest total audiences. Michigan’s buzzer-beating win over Houston (1.3, 3.81 million viewers) led the way in both measures.

“Live PD” was the top non-sports show among adults 18-49 with a 0.7. Hallmark’s movie “The Sweetest Heart” (2.23 million) had the largest total viewership outside of basketball coverage.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, March 17, 2018

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NCAA TOURNAMENT TBS 9:56 PM 3,805 1.3
NCAA TOURNAMENT TNT 8:42 PM 2,845 0.9
NCAA TOURNAMENT TNT 6:00 PM 2,852 0.9
NCAA TOURNAMENT – BRIDGE TNT 8:26 PM 2,225 0.8
NCAA TOURNAMENT TBS 7:00 PM 2,439 0.7
LIVE PD: 104 A&E 9:00 PM 1,986 0.7
NCAA TOURNAMENT – BRIDGE TBS 9:37 PM 1,916 0.6
NCAA POSTGAME TBS 12:31 AM 1,470 0.6
DRAGON BALL SUPER ADULT SWIM 10:30 PM 988 0.5
DRAGON BALL Z KAI/FINAL ADULT SWIM 11:00 PM 826 0.4
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 10:00 AM 926 0.4
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 11:00 AM 894 0.3
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 9:00 AM 850 0.3
BLACK CLOVER ADULT SWIM 11:30 PM 643 0.3
LIGA MX UNIVISION DEPORTES 11:00 PM 608 0.3
PIONEER WOMAN FOOD 10:00 AM 1,256 0.3
POWER RANGERS SNS NICK 12:00 PM 1,083 0.3
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 1:00 AM 555 0.3
JOJO’S ADV STARDUST CRU ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 549 0.3
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 2:00 AM 499 0.3
THE KITCHEN AT FN FOOD 11:00 AM 1,240 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS RENOVATION HGTV 10:00 PM 1,366 0.3
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 8:00 AM 638 0.3
THE SWEETEST HEART HALLMARK 9:00 PM 2,228 0.2
GHOST ADVENTURES POP-UPS TRAVEL 9:00 PM 626 0.2

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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