A second-round NCAA Tournament game on TNT ranks second in both adults 18-49 and total viewers in the Live +3 cable ratings for the week of March 13.

But in terms of how far behind the No. 1 show, “The Walking Dead,” it’s like a 1 vs. 16 matchup — no contest. The March 19 episode of the AMC show is at 6.5 among adults 18-49 and 13.88 million viewers with three days of DVR playback.

Those aren’t great numbers by “Walking Dead” standards, but as usual, they stand way, way above everything else on cable for the week. Its 18-49 rating is more than three times the 2.1 for the NCAA game, and its viewer total is more than twice as high as the hoops telecast.

Top 25 cable shows (including ties) in Live +3 adults 18-49 for March 13-19, 2017

Rank Show Net L+3 18-49 rating Gain vs. Live + SD % gain vs. Live + SD
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 6.5 1.8 38%
2 NCAA TOURNAMENT – S. CAROLINA/DUKE TNT 2.1 0.0 0%
LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 2.1 0.5 31%
4 INTO THE BADLANDS – P AMC 1.9 0.5 36%
5 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRVO 1.5 0.4 36%
6 TEEN MOM II MTV 1.4 0.6 75%
7 NCAA TOURNAMENT – CINCINNATI/UCLA TBSC 1.3 0.0 0%
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 10 p.m. USA 1.3 0.1 8%
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 9 p.m. USA 1.3 0.1 8%
10 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRVO 1.2 0.6 100%
DIESEL BROTHERS DISC 1.2 0.3 33%
STREET OUTLAWS DISC 1.2 0.2 20%
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 10 p.m. USA 1.2 0.1 9%
HIP HOP SQUARES – 9 p.m. – P VH1 1.2 0.1 9%
15 KEEPING UP W/THE KARDASHIANS ENT 1.1 0.3 38%
NCAA TOURNAMENT – IOWA ST./PURDUE TBSC 1.1 0.0 0%
NCAA TOURNAMENT – RHODE ISLAND/OREGON TBSC 1.1 0.0 0%
CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST USA 1.1 0.4 57%
HIP HOP SQUARES – 9:30 p.m. VH1 1.1 0.1 10%
20 VANDERPUMP RULES BRVO 1.0 0.5 100%
FIXER UPPER HGTV 1.0 0.3 43%
THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW – TUES. MNBC 1.0 0.0 0%
TEEN MOM II REUNION MTV 1.0 0.4 67%
NCAA TOURNAMENT – FLORIDA GULF COAST/FLORIDA ST. TNT 1.0 0.0 0%
WWE SMACKDOWN USA 1.0 0.1 11%
BLACK INK CREW VH1 1.0 0.2 25%

 

Top 25 cable shows in Live +3 viewers for March 13-19, 2017

Rank Show Net L+3 viewers (000s) Gain vs. Live + SD (000s) % gain vs. Live + SD
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC 13,880 3,551 34%
2 NCAA TOURNAMENT – S. CAROLINA/DUKE TNT 5,981 18 0%
3 INTO THE BADLANDS – P AMC 4,476 1,038 30%
4 THE O’REILLY FACTOR – WEDS. FXNC 4,314 36 1%
5 FIXER UPPER HGTV 4,252 1,015 31%
6 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW – TUES. MNBC 4,225 91 2%
7 MAJOR CRIMES TNT 4,027 1,770 78%
8 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 3,929 836 27%
9 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT – WEDS. FXNC 3,778 62 2%
10 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 9 p.m. USA 3,723 396 12%
11 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 9 p.m. USA 3,616 415 13%
12 THE O’REILLY FACTOR – TUES. FXNC 3,603 59 2%
13 THE O’REILLY FACTOR – THURS. FXNC 3,548 51 1%
14 THE O’REILLY FACTOR – MON. FXNC 3,536 57 2%
15 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – 9 p.m. USA 3,514 334 11%
16 NCAA TOURNAMENT – CINCINNATI/UCLA TBSC 3,452 18 1%
17 NCAA TOURNAMENT – IOWA ST./PURDUE TBSC 3,385 16 0%
18 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRVO 3,285 800 32%
19 THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS OWN 3,245 622 24%
20 STREET OUTLAWS DISC 3,128 459 17%
21 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT – TUES. FXNC 3,108 92 3%
22 NCAA TOURNAMENT – RHODE ISLAND/OREGON TBSC 3,061 2 0%
23 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT – THURS. FXNC 3,021 102 3%
24 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW – MON. MNBC 2,985 88 3%
25 CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST USA 2,957 1003 51%

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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