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|
|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|
|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.