TBS’ telecast of the NCAA men’s championship game easily led the cable ratings for the week of April 2 — although it was off a bit from TBS’ last turn airing the game in 2016.

Villanova’s win over Michigan drew 13.28 million viewers and a 4.1 rating among adults 18-49. It’s the No. 2 cable telecast of 2018 so far in both measures, behind ESPN’s college football title game in January.

This year’s game was off a bit from the 2016 championship, the last one on TBS. That matchup (Villanova-North Carolina) came in at 13.85 million viewers and a 4.5 in the 18-49 demo.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for April 2-8, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP – MICHIGAN/VILLANOVA TBS Mon. 9:18 PM 4.1 5,235
2 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 2.8 3,597
3 JERSEY SHORE FAMILY VACATION MTV Thurs. 9:00 PM 1.5 1,907
4 JERSEY SHORE FAMILY VACATION – P MTV Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,818
NCAA POSTGAME TBS Mon. 11:35 PM 1.4 1,728
6 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,562
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.2 1,549
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,472
9 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP PREGAME TBS Mon. 8:08 PM 1.1 1,357
10 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:15 PM 1.0 1,293
11 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,203
LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,190
13 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,011
14 FIXER UPPER HGTV Tues. 9:00 PM 0.7 934
THE MASTERS ESPN Fri. 3:00 PM 0.7 934
TEYANA & IMAN VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 909
NBA BASKETBALL – WARRIORS/THUNDER TNT Tues. 8:14 PM 0.7 909
LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.7 858
19 VANDERPUMP RULES BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 781
NBA BASKETBALL – WIZARDS/CAVALIERS TNT Thurs. 8:14 PM 0.6 781
LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.6 768
TRADING SPACES – P TLC Sat. 9:00 PM 0.6 768
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS BRAVO Tues. 9:00 PM 0.6 717
MIKE TYSON MYSTERIES ADSM Sun. 11:30 PM 0.6 717
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP SIMULCAST TNT Mon. 9:12 PM 0.6 704
THE MASTERS ESPN Thurs. 3:00 PM 0.6 704
SPORTSCENTER ESPN Fri. 7:46 PM 0.6 704

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for April 2-8, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP – MICHIGAN/VILLANOVA TBS Mon. 9:18 PM 13,283
2 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 6,665
3 NCAA POSTGAME TBS Mon. 11:35 PM 4,091
4 THE MASTERS ESPN Fri. 3:00 PM 3,913
5 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP PREGAME TBS Mon. 8:08 PM 3,509
6 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,430
7 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 3,329
8 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 3,314
9 FIXER UPPER HGTV Tues. 9:00 PM 3,268
10 THE MASTERS ESPN Thurs. 3:00 PM 2,971
11 HANNITY FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,938
12 HANNITY FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,931
13 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,904
14 NASCAR MONSTER ENERGY CUP – TEXAS FS1 Sun. 1:54 PM 2,823
15 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,779
16 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,747
17 HANNITY FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,704
18 ONCE UPON A PRINCE HALL Sat. 9:00 PM 2,633
19 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 2,601
20 HANNITY FNC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,590
21 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 2,589
22 LAST WORD W/LAWRENCE O’DONNELL MSNBC Thurs. 10:00 PM 2,565
23 JERSEY SHORE FAMILY VACATION MTV Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,555
24 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:15 PM 2,529
25 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,526

All ratings 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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