The NCAA Tournament and a very big “60 Minutes” led CBS to a weekly ratings win for March 19-25.

“60 Minutes” grabbed its biggest total audience in more than nine years (22.11 million) and its best 18-49 rating in two years (4.0) with a segment featuring adult film star Stormy Daniels, who alleges she was paid to cover up an affair with President Trump. It led the week in both measures.

NCAA games and related programming grabbed four spots in the top 10 among adults 18-49 and two of the top 10 spots in total viewers.

Here are the network standings for last week and the season so far.

March 19-25 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.0/4 (2t) 1.5/6 (1) 0.3/1 (7) 0.7/3 (4) 1.0/4 (2t) 0.4/2 (6) 0.5/2 (5)
Viewers in millions (rank) 4.78 (3) 7.49 (1) 0.89 (7) 2.68 (4) 5.26 (2) 1.09 (6) 1.51 (5)

 

Season to date ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.5/6 (4) 1.6/6 (2t) 0.6/2 (5) 1.6/6 (2t) 2.4/10 (1) 0.5/2 (6t) 0.5/2 (6t)
Viewers in millions (rank) 5.93 (3) 9.04 (2) 1.72 (5) 5.32 (4) 9.69 (1) 1.26 (7) 1.57 (6)

Current week ratings are live + same-day. Season-to-date ratings are “most current,” a combination of Live +7 and same-day ratings.

Here are the program rankings:

Top 25 broadcast 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 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:36 PM 4.0 5,147
2 NCAA TOURNAMENT – KANSAS ST./KENTUCKY CBS Thurs. 9:36 PM 2.7 3,431
3 NCAA TOURNAMENT – SYRACUSE/DUKE CBS Fri. 9:52 PM 2.5 3,148
4 THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 2.3 2,938
5 THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 2.2 2,804
6 NCAA TOURNAMENT – BRIDGE CBS Thurs. 9:19 PM 2.0 2,569
7 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.9 2,450
NCAA TOURNAMENT – LOYOLA-ILL./NEVADA CBS Thurs. 7:00 PM 1.9 2,423
9 SURVIVOR CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,266
10 AMERICAN IDOL ABC Sun. 8:00 PM 1.7 2,169
9-1-1 – F FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 1.7 2,158
MODERN FAMILY ABC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.7 2,129
13 AMERICAN IDOL ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.6 2,077
THE GOLDBERGS ABC Weds. 8:00 PM 1.6 1,999
THE GOOD DOCTOR ABC Mon. 10:00 PM 1.6 1,985
16 LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.4 1,816
NCAA TOURNAMENT – CLEMSON/KANSAS CBS Fri. 7:00 PM 1.4 1,751
THE MIDDLE ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.4 1,746
19 INSTINCT CBS Sun. 8:36 PM 1.3 1,709
CHICAGO PD NBC Weds. 10:00 PM 1.3 1,644
AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE ABC Weds. 9:31 PM 1.3 1,630
SPEECHLESS – F ABC Weds. 8:30 PM 1.3 1,610
23 CHICAGO FIRE NBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,576
CHICAGO MED NBC Tues. 10:00 PM 1.2 1,518
25 STATION 19 – P ABC Thurs. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,480
NCAA TOURNAMENT – BRIDGE CBS Fri. 9:33 PM 1.1 1,448
NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS Sun. 9:36 PM 1.1 1,421
SUPERSTORE NBC Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,406
RISE NBC Mon. 9:01 PM 1.1 1,403
BLACK-ISH ABC Tues. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,378

 

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

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:36 PM 22,105
2 THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 10,920
3 THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 10,738
4 INSTINCT CBS Sun. 8:36 PM 10,159
5 THE GOOD DOCTOR ABC Mon. 10:00 PM 8,918
6 SURVIVOR CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 8,613
7 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS Sun. 9:36 PM 8,580
8 NCAA TOURNAMENT – KANSAS ST./KENTUCKY CBS Thurs. 9:36 PM 8,286
9 NCIS – R CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 8,019
10 NCAA TOURNAMENT – SYRACUSE/DUKE CBS Fri. 9:52 PM 7,795
11 AMERICAN IDOL ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 7,629
12 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 7,613
13 AMERICAN IDOL ABC Sun. 8:00 PM 7,511
14 NCIS – R CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 7,474
15 NCAA TOURNAMENT – LOYOLA-ILL./NEVADA CBS Thurs. 7:00 PM 7,069
16 CHICAGO PD NBC Weds. 10:00 PM 6,928
17 CHICAGO FIRE NBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 6,885
18 CHICAGO MED NBC Tues. 10:00 PM 6,819
19 NCAA TOURNAMENT – BRIDGE CBS Thurs. 9:19 PM 6,786
20 9-1-1 – F FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 6,630
21 LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 6,515
22 SEAL TEAM CBS Weds. 9:01 PM 6,358
23 MADAM SECRETARY CBS Sun. 10:36 PM 6,135
24 LITTLE BIG SHOTS NBC Sun. 8:00 PM 5,968
25 THE MIDDLE ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 5,829

All program 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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