As it did the prior two days, NCAA Tournament coverage on TNT and TBS ruled the top of the cable ratings Saturday. The Purdue-Iowa State Game scored the day’s top adults 18-49 rating (1.1) and its biggest total audience at 3.37 million.

NCAA-related programming took up seven of the Top 10 spots. The highest-rated non-sports show was “Samurai Jack,” whose second episode (0.7 in adults 18-49, 1.3 million viewers) held up pretty well vs. its premiere the previous wee (0.8, 1.55 million).

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, March 18, 2017

Show Net Time Total Viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NCAA TOURNAMENT TBS 9:41 PM 3,365 1.1
NCAA TOURNAMENT TNT 6:00 PM 2,289 0.8
NCAA TOURNAMENT TNT 8:44 PM 2,243 0.7
NCAA TOURNAMENT PREGAME TNT 8:27 PM 1,979 0.7
SAMURAI JACK ADULT SWIM 11:00 PM 1,300 0.7
NCAA TOURNAMENT POSTGAME TBS 12:01 AM 1,576 0.6
NCAA TOURNAMENT TBS 7:00 PM 1,786 0.6
SPONGEBOB NICK 10:00 AM 2,129 0.5
DRAGON BALL Z KAI/FINAL ADULT SWIM 12:05 AM 973 0.5
NCAA TOURNAMENT PREGAME TBS 9:22 PM 1,528 0.5
JOJOS BIZARRE ADVENTURE ADULT SWIM 12:30 AM 790 0.4
LIVE PD A&E 9:00 PM 1,295 0.4
MOVIE – DOUBLE MOMMY LIFETIME 10:02 PM 1,433 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS RENOVATION HGTV 10:00 PM 1,666 0.4
MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM/UNICORN ADULT SWIM 1:00 AM 679 0.4
WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC MLB NETWORK 10:09 PM 852 0.3
BUNSEN IS A BEAST NICK 10:30 AM 1,523 0.3
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 1:00 AM 669 0.3
MURDER COMES TO TOWN ID 10:00 PM 1,248 0.3
PIONEER WOMAN FOOD 10:00 AM 1,292 0.3
HENRY DANGER NICK 8:00 PM 1,645 0.3
ELENA OF AVALOR DISNEY CHANNEL 9:00 AM 1,451 0.3
LOG CABIN LIVING HGTV 11:00 PM 1,415 0.3
MOVIE – MOMMY’S LITTLE BOY LIFETIME 8:00 PM 1,383 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 10:00 AM 791 0.3

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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