The invasion of the NCAA continued, with March Madness dominating much of the Friday cable ratings.

TBS held all four of the top slots, with the highest performing game coming from the Auburn Tigers vs. North Carolina Tar Heels. The match scored a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49. This was 0.2 higher than last week’s peak game, in which the the Iona Gaels played the Tar Heels on TNT. The analysis following the Tigers vs. Tar Heels game came in second with a 1.1, while the Houston Cougars vs. Kentucky Wildcats took the third slot with a 1.0 rating.

Outside of college basketball, the charts had a mostly quiet night. “Live PD” on A&E was boosted to 0.7, up one-tenth of a point from its last Friday outing in February. “My Lottery Dream Home” on HGTV raked in its usual 0.3, as did “Real Time with Bill Maher” on HBO and “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives” on Food Network. MTV’s “Ridiculousness” wasn’t so lucky, however, tumbling from 0.3 to 0.2.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Friday, March 29, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
TBS NCAA BSKBL CHMP FR 1: AUBURN VS NORTH CAROLINA TBS 7:19 PM 5,616 1.7
TBS NCAA BK CHP-BRG-PRFR1 TBS 9:42 PM 3,621 1.1
TBS NCAA BSKBL CHMP FR 2: HOUSTON VS KENTUCKY TBS 10:01 PM 3,414 1.0
TBS NCAA BSK POST GAME-FR TBS 12:23 AM 1,725 0.7
LIVE PD: 194 LIVE PD A&E 9:00 PM 1,998 0.7
MY LOTTERY DREAM HOME HOME 9:00 PM 1,707 0.3
TBS NCAA BK CHP-PRE-PRFR TBS 6:00 PM 716 0.3
REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER HBO 10:00 PM 1,521 0.3
DINERS, DRIVE INS & DIVES FOOD 9:00 PM 827 0.3
RIDICULOUSNESS MTV 8:00 PM 551 0.2
PARDON THE INTERRUPTION ESPN 5:30 PM 681 0.2
MAMA JUNE FROM NOT TO HOT WETV 9:00 PM 705 0.2
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS 8:00 PM 2,656 0.2
HANNITY FOX NEWS 9:00 PM 2,939 0.2
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC 9:00 PM 2,349 0.2
DONT BE TARDY BRAVO 9:00 PM 500 0.2
ELEAGUE TBS 1:42 AM 431 0.2
CRASHLETES NICKELODEON 7:00 PM 731 0.2
INGRAHAM ANGLE, THE FOX NEWS 10:00 PM 2,305 0.2
SPORTSCENTER EARLY ESPN 6:00 PM 416 0.2
SECRETS OF THE MORGUE INVESTIGATION 11:00 PM 850 0.2
SPORTSCENTER AM ESPN 7:00 AM 412 0.2
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 1:00 AM 398 0.2
HIGH NOON (9AM PACIFIC) ESPN 4:00 PM 366 0.2
SPORTSCENTER MORNING ESPN 2:00 AM 346 0.2

Source: The Nielsen Company.

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