“The Walking Dead” and the NCAA Tournament shared top billing in the cable rankings for the week of March 19.

Saturday’s NCAA Elite Eight game between Michigan and Florida State and “The Walking Dead” tied for No. 1 among adults 18-49, each scoring 3.0 ratings. The tournament game led the total-viewer tally for the week with 9.71 million.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for March 19-25, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NCAA TOURNAMENT – FLORIDA ST./MICHIGAN TBS Sat. 8:42 PM 3.0 3,878
THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 3.0 3,776
3 NCAA TOURNAMENT – BRIDGE TBS Sat. 8:28 PM 2.7 3,430
4 NCAA TOURNAMENT – LOYOLA-ILL./KANSAS ST. TBS Sat. 6:00 PM 2.2 2,778
5 NCAA TOURNAMENT – W. VIRGINIA/VILLANOVA TBS Fri. 7:17 PM 1.4 1,728
6 THE TERROR – P AMC Sun. 10:03 PM 1.3 1,715
NCAA POSTGAME TBS Sat. 11:16 PM 1.3 1,677
8 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,523
9 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,459
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.1 1,459
LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA – P VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,421
12 LOVE & HIP HOP MIAMI VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,293
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,267
14 NCAA TOURNAMENT – TEXAS A&M/MICHIGAN TBS Thurs. 7:24 PM 0.9 1,190
NCAA TOURNAMENT – FLORIDA ST./GONZAGA TBS Thurs. 9:58 PM 0.9 1,088
16 NCAA TOURNAMENT – TEXAS TECH/PURDUE TBS Fri. 10:19 PM 0.8 1,037
NCAA TOURNAMENT – BRIDGE TBS Fri. 10:01 PM 0.8 1,011
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 0.8 998
ZOOTOPIA DISNEY Sun. 8:00 PM 0.8 998
20 NBA BASKETBALL – RAPTORS/CAVALIERS ESPN Weds. 7:00 PM 0.7 947
FIXER UPPER HGTV Tues. 9:00 PM 0.7 922
NBA BASKETBALL – WARRIORS/SPURS ESPN Mon. 9:48 PM 0.7 909
NBA BASKETBALL – ROCKETS/BLAZERS TNT Tues. 10:37 PM 0.7 909
NCAA TOURNAMENT – BRIDGE TBS Thurs. 9:40 PM 0.7 896
LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.7 883
LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.7 883
BLACK INK CREW VH1 Weds. 9:00 PM 0.7 870
NBA BASKETBALL – WIZARDS/SPURS ESPN Weds. 9:36 PM 0.7 845

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for March 19-25, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NCAA TOURNAMENT – FLORIDA ST./MICHIGAN TBS Sat. 8:42 PM 9,713
2 NCAA TOURNAMENT – BRIDGE TBS Sat. 8:28 PM 8,759
3 NCAA TOURNAMENT – LOYOLA-ILL./KANSAS ST. TBS Sat. 6:00 PM 7,794
4 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 6,774
5 NCAA TOURNAMENT – W. VIRGINIA/VILLANOVA TBS Fri. 7:17 PM 4,776
6 NCAA POSTGAME TBS Sat. 11:16 PM 3,555
7 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 3,472
8 HANNITY FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,461
9 FIXER UPPER HGTV Tues. 9:00 PM 3,447
10 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,434
11 THE TERROR – P AMC Sun. 10:03 PM 3,336
12 HANNITY FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,251
13 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,171
14 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,168
15 HANNITY FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,110
16 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,102
17 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 3,076
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 3,076
19 NCAA TOURNAMENT – TEXAS A&M/MICHIGAN TBS Thurs. 7:24 PM 3,038
20 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,981
21 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,970
22 HANNITY FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,919
23 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 2,891
24 ROYAL MATCHMAKER HALL Sat. 9:00 PM 2,889
25 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 2,888

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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