TBS’ coverage of the NCAA men’s Final Four dominated the cable rankings for the week of March 26, easily topping a low episode of “The Walking Dead.”

The two games on Saturday snagged the top spots in both adults 18-49 (3.3 for Kansas-Villanova and 3.0 for Loyola-Michigan) and total viewers (10.75 million for Loyola-Michigan, 10.7 million for Kansas-Villanova). The Final Four was up a little vs. the last time TBS aired it in 2016.

Although it was at season lows, “The Walking Dead” (2.6, 6.3 million) was easily the top non-sports show of the week on cable.

Top 25 original cable shows in adults 18-49 for March 26-April 1, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NCAA FINAL FOUR – KANSAS/VILLANOVA TBS Sat. 8:45 PM 3.3 4,173
2 NCAA FINAL FOUR – LOYOLA-ILL./MICHIGAN TBS Sat. 5:55 PM 3.0 3,827
3 NCAA FINAL FOUR – BRIDGE TBS Sat. 8:21 PM 2.9 3,763
4 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 2.6 3,366
5 NCAA POSTGAME TBS Sat. 11:07 PM 1.4 1,728
6 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,549
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.2 1,510
8 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.1 1,434
9 LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 1.0 1,267
10 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:15 PM 0.9 1,114
11 TEYANA & IMAN VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 998
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 998
NCAA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP – MISSISSIPPI ST./NOTRE DAME ESPN Sun. 6:15 PM 0.8 973
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 0.8 973
15 LEAVE IT TO STEVIE VH1 Mon. 9:31 PM 0.7 922
THE LAST O.G. SNEAK PEEK TBS Sat. 11:39 PM 0.7 896
LEAVE IT TO STEVIE VH1 Mon. 10:01 PM 0.7 858
18 BUSHWORLD ADVENTURES ADSM Sun. 11:00 PM 0.6 806
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL – GIANTS/DODGERS ESPN Thurs. 6:59 PM 0.6 781
FIXER UPPER SPECIAL HGTV Tues. 9:00 PM 0.6 755
TEEN MOM MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 742
NBA BASKETBALL – CAVALIERS/HEAT TNT Tues. 8:14 PM 0.6 717
NBA BASKETBALL – PELICANS/CAVALIERS ESPN Fri. 8:01 PM 0.6 717
SUNDAY NIGHT BASEBALL – GIANTS/DODGERS ESPN Sun. 8:30 PM 0.6 717
VANDERPUMP RULES BRAVO Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 704

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for March 26-April 1, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NCAA FINAL FOUR – LOYOLA-ILL./MICHIGAN TBS Sat. 5:55 PM 10,746
2 NCAA FINAL FOUR – KANSAS/VILLANOVA TBS Sat. 8:45 PM 10,695
3 NCAA FINAL FOUR – BRIDGE TBS Sat. 8:21 PM 9,860
4 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 6,295
5 NCAA POSTGAME TBS Sat. 11:07 PM 3,691
6 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 3,547
7 NCAA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP – MISSISSIPPI ST./NOTRE DAME ESPN Sun. 6:15 PM 3,536
8 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,403
9 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 3,150
10 HANNITY FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,128
11 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,044
12 FIXER UPPER SPECIAL HGTV Tues. 9:00 PM 2,960
13 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,947
14 HANNITY FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,928
15 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 2,902
16 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,872
17 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,871
18 HANNITY FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,868
19 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 2,648
20 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 2,576
21 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Tues. 8:00 PM 2,489
22 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,388
23 HANNITY SPECIAL FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,385
24 LAST WORD W/LAWRENCE O’DONNELL MSNBC Mon. 10:00 PM 2,380
25 TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:15 PM 2,371

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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