The week of March 21-27 brought that rarest of network-TV unicorns: A program airing on Saturday at the top of the charts. The second of two NCAA Tournament games that night on CBS earned a 3.6 rating in adults 18-49 to lead the week in the demo. It was also the only show above 3.0 for the week.

“NCIS” led the viewer rankings for the second straight week, drawing just under 15.6 million people. The spring premiere of “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC tied for 16th in 18-49 and was third in viewers.

Top 25 broadcast shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for March 21-27, 2016

Rank Show Net 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 NCAA TOURNAMENT – VILLANOVA/KANSAS CBS 3.6 4557
2 THE VOICE – MONDAY NBC 2.8 3579
3 NCAA TOURNAMENT STUDIO (Sat. 8:24 p.m.) CBS 2.5 3218
3t THE VOICE – TUESDAY NBC 2.5 3123
5 MODERN FAMILY ABC 2.4 3100
6 NCAA TOURNAMENT – MARYLAND/KANSAS CBS 2.3 2856
7 NCAAA TOURNAMENT – OKLAHOMA/OREGON CBS 2.2 2824
7t CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 2.2 2755
9 SURVIVOR CBS 2.1 2637
9t GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 2.1 2636
11 NCIS CBS 2.0 2564
11t THE GOLDBERGS ABC 2.0 2514
13 NCAA TOURNAMENT – GONZAGA/SYRACUSE CBS 1.9 2435
13t LITTLE BIG SHOTS NBC 1.9 2406
13t BLACK-ISH ABC 1.9 2350
16 DANCING WITH THE STARS – P ABC 1.8 2304
16t NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS 1.8 2287
18 THE MIDDLE ABC 1.7 2215
18t AMERICAN IDOL FOX 1.7 2157
20 SCANDAL ABC 1.6 2008
20t NCAA TOURNAMENT STUDIO (Sat. 8:24 p.m.) CBS 1.6 1974
22 NCAA TOURNAMENT – MIAMI/VILLANOVA CBS 1.5 1960
22t BLINDSPOT NBC 1.5 1936
22t SCORPION CBS 1.5 1920
22t LAW AND ORDER: SVU NBC 1.5 1920
22t CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS CBS 1.5 1873

 

Top 25 broadcast shows in viewers for March 21-27, 2016

Rank Show Net Viewers (000s)
1 NCIS CBS 15898
2 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS 13376
3 DANCING WITH THE STARS – P ABC 12458
4 NCAA TOURNAMENT – VILLANOVA/KANSAS CBS 11560
5 THE VOICE – MONDAY NBC 11217
6 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS 10944
7 THE VOICE – TUESDAY NBC 10764
8 LITTLE BIG SHOTS NBC 10570
9 SURVIVOR CBS 9313
10 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS 8757
11 SCORPION CBS 8648
12 MADAM SECRETARY CBS 8496
13 NCAA TOURNAMENT STUDIO (Sat. 9:24 p.m.) CBS 8213
14 AMERICAN IDOL FOX 8018
15 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC 7911
16 CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS CBS 7754
17 NCAA TOURNAMENT – OKLAHOMA/OREGON CBS 7695
18 MODERN FAMILY ABC 7694
19 THE GOOD WIFE CBS 7505
20 60 MINUTES CBS 7374
21 THE MIDDLE ABC 7243
22 NCAA TOURNAMENT – MARYLAND/KANSAS CBS 6786
23 THE GOLDBERGS ABC 6728
24 LIMITLESS CBS 6644
25 CASTLE ABC 6496

All numbers are live + same-day. 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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