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
RIDICULOUSNESS MTV 8:00 PM 612 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.

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