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


CBS easily won the night with the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament, but in its Friday 9pm timeslot premiere Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution provided very strong numbers with 7.51 million, and more importantly, a 2.6 rating with adults 18-49.  On any Friday night in recent history without a special event (like the basketball tournament) the 2.6 rating with the 18-49 crowd would’ve easily topped the night.  It easily topped a new Kitchen Nightmares, which, with a 1.7 rating for adults 18-49 is actually providing Fox some of the best ratings its had on Friday night in a long time, though it was down from last week’s 1.9 with adults 18-49.

At 8pm a repeat of the special premiere of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution from earlier in the week pulled a 1.6 rating with adults 18-49 at 8pm, second only to basketball and ahead of a new episode of Who Do You Think You Are? on NBC.  With a 1.5 rating with adults 18-49  “Who” was down a bit from last week when it scored a 1.7 with adults 18-49.

Here are some other notes from ABC:

Up against CBS’ NCAA Semi-Final Basketball coverage, ABC qualified as the #1 non-sports net on Friday among Adults 18-49 (2.0/7), posting its strongest rating on the night in 12 weeks (since 1/1/10) and its 2nd-highest number this season.

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Premiere (9-10pm):

Jumping over its lead-in (a repeat of the Sunday preview episode) at 9pm in Total Viewers (+2.0 million) and Adults 18-49 (+63%) and building throughout its telecast opposite CBS’ NCAA Basketball Tournament, the premiere of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution stood as the dominant #1 series telecast in the hour, beating NBC’s Dateline by 1.0 million viewers (7.5 million vs. 6.5 million) and Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares by 53% (2.6/8 vs. 1.7/7).  In fact on its premiere airing, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution emerged as Friday’s definitive #1 TV series telecast in viewers and young adults.

  • Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution produced ABC’s highest Adult 18-49 series number in the Friday 9-10pm time period in well over 3 years – since 12/29/06.
  • Among Adults 18-49 it was ABC’s top-rated Friday night premiere (returning or new) in more than 4 years – since 2/24/06. In addition, Food Revolution registered as the highest-rated Adult 18-49 premiere for any network on the night (returning or new) since September 2007 – since 9/28/07.
  • Impressively, Food Revolution even finished ahead of its Sunday preview this past week, coming out of Desperate Housewives, by 1.4 million viewers and by 18% in Adults 18-49 (6.1 million and 2.2/6 on Sunday 3/21 in the 10pm hour).


Time Net Show 18-49 Rating/Shr Viewers (Millions)
8:00 CBS NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 3.2/12 10.46
ABC Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (R) 1.6/6 5.45
NBC Who Do You Think You Are 1.5/5 6.21
FOX House (R) 1.2/4 3.69
CW America’s Next Top Model (R) 0.6/2 1.44
9:00 CBS NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 3.3/11 10.17
ABC Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (Premiere) 2.6/8 7.51
FOX Kitchen Nightmares 1.7/5 4.29
NBC Dateline 1.3/4 6.62
CW Fly Girls (R) 0.3/1 0.78
9:30 CW High Society (R) 0.2/1 0.59
10:00 CBS NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 3.5/11 10.32
ABC 20/20 1.9/6 6.25
NBC Dateline 1.6/5 7.03


Ratings data via Marc Berman’s PI forums.

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