This week, the Friday cable ratings were completely invaded by the NCAA.
TNT came out at the very top with a broadcast of the Iona Gaels going down to defeat at the hands of the North Carolina Tar Heels. The game scored a 1.0 rating in adults 18-49, down from the 1.5 brought in by the North Carolina vs. Duke match at the top of last week. The second and third slots were occupied by TBS, with the Oregon Ducks playing the Wisconsin Badgers for a 0.9, and the Iowa State Cyclones playing the Ohio State Buckeyes for a 0.8.
Many of the chart’s normal entries were displaced by the wealth of basketball, however. “Gold Rush” on Discovery aired a special which brought in a 0.4, down the 0.6 the series pulled last week. On the same channel, “Gold Rush: White Water” also aired a special for a 0.3, the same score “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives” on Food Network ends up at week after week.
There were plenty of 0.3’s to go around, in fact, with “Real Time with Bill Maher” on HBO, “My Lottery Dream Home” on HGTV, and “Ridiculousness” on MTV all ending up there to match their previous scores.
Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Friday, March 22, 2019
|Show||Net||Time||Total viewers (000s)||18-49 rating|
|TNT NCAA BSKBL CHP: IONA VS NORTH CAROLINA||TNT||9:21 PM||3,013||1.0|
|TBS NCAA BSKBL CHP: OREGON VS WISCONSIN||TBS||4:35 PM||2,750||0.9|
|TBS NCAA BSKBL CHP: OHIO ST VS IOWA ST||TBS||9:38 PM||2,606||0.8|
|TNT NCAA BSKBL CHP: WASHINGTON VS UTAH ST||TNT||6:40 PM||1,784||0.6|
|TRU NCAA BSKBL CHP: LIBERTY VS MISSISSIPPI ST||TRUTV||7:32 PM||1,533||0.5|
|TNT NCAA BSK CHP-BRG-PRFR||TNT||9:05 PM||1,330||0.4|
|GOLD RUSH: SPECIAL||DISCOVERY||9:00 PM||1,892||0.4|
|TBS NCAA BSKBL CHP: GEORGIA ST VS HOUSTON||TBS||7:07 PM||1,187||0.4|
|TNT NCAA BSKBL CHP: ARIZONA ST VS BUFFALO||TNT||4:02 PM||1,121||0.4|
|SELECCION MEXICO FRI: MEXICO / CHILE||UNIVISION||10:00 PM||835||0.4|
|TRU NCAA BSKBL CHP: SAINT LOUIS VS VIRGINIA TECH||TRUTV||10:21 PM||891||0.3|
|TRU NCAA BSK CHP-BRG-PRFR||TRUTV||9:56 PM||1,006||0.3|
|GOLD RUSH:WHITE WATER SPC||DISCOVERY||10:00 PM||1,297||0.3|
|TBS NCAA BSK CHP-BRG-PRFR||TBS||9:24 PM||941||0.3|
|TRU NCAA BSKBL CHP: GARDNER-WEBB VS VIRGINIA||TRUTV||3:05 PM||1,164||0.3|
|TBS NCAA BSKBL CHP: UC IRVINE VS KANSAS ST||TBS||1:51 PM||1,046||0.3|
|TBS NCAA BSK CHP-BRG-DYFR||TBS||4:18 PM||998||0.3|
|TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT||FOX NEWS||8:00 PM||3,199||0.3|
|RACHEL MADDOW SHOW||MSNBC||9:00 PM||2,904||0.3|
|DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES||FOOD||9:00 PM||1,087||0.3|
|MY LOTTERY DREAM HOME||HOME||9:00 PM||1,635||0.3|
|REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER||HBO||10:00 PM||1,505||0.3|
|HANNITY||FOX NEWS||9:00 PM||3,132||0.2|
|ANDERSON COOPER 360||CNN||8:00 PM||1,056||0.2|
Source: The Nielsen Company.