The ACC Tournament title game took the no. 1 spot in the Saturday cable ratings, leading a college basketball-heavy day.

ESPN’s broadcast of the Duke vs. Florida State game won the night with a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.06 million viewers. The network’s broadcast of the SEC Tournament game between Tennessee and Kentucky came second in the night with a 0.8 and 3.29 million viewers.

With its college basketball and Formula 1 coverage throughout the day, ESPN grabbed fifteen of the chart’s top 25 spots. Outside of sports, the HBO premiere of “The First Purge” scored a 0.2 with 632,000 viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, March 16, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
ACC TOURNAMENT – FLORIDA STATE/DUKE ESPN 8:30 PM 4,063 1.2
SEC TOURNAMENT – TENNESSEE/KENTUCKY ESPN 3:19 PM 3,285 0.8
PAC 12 TOURNAMENT ESPN 10:41 PM 1,991 0.7
COLLEGE GAMEDAY BKBL ESPN 5:41 PM 2,467 0.7
BIG 12 TOURNAMENT – IOWA ST/KANSAS ESPN 6:07 PM 2,516 0.7
COLLEGE GAMEDAY BKBL ESPN 8:12 PM 2,403 0.7
COLL BKBL SCOREBOARD ESPN 2:59 PM 1,942 0.5
FORMULA 1 STUDIO ESPN 12:38 AM 878 0.4
SEC TOURNAMENT ESPN 1:00 PM 1,465 0.4
DRAGON BALL SUPER ADULT SWIM 11:00 PM 718 0.3
FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX – AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX ESPN 1:05 AM 649 0.3
HENRY DANGER NICKELODEON 8:00 PM 1,062 0.3
COLLEGE GAMEDAY BKBL ESPN 12:00 PM 794 0.3
HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: FLIP THAT ROMANCE HALLMARK 8:00 PM 2,522 0.3
GHOST ADVENTURES TRAVEL 9:00 PM 713 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 10:00 AM 720 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 11:00 AM 648 0.3
LIGA MX SAT 2 – GUADALAJARA / AMERICA UNIVISION 9:02 PM 588 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 9:00 AM 629 0.2
LIVE PD AC A&E 8:00 PM 946 0.2
KING OF QUEENS NICK-AT-NITE 3:38 AM 570 0.2
THE FIRST PURGE HBO 8:00 PM 632 0.2
RISE OF THE TMNT NICKELODEON 9:30 AM 808 0.2
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 8:00 AM 580 0.2
BORUTO:NARUTO NEXT GEN ADULT SWIM 11:30 PM 517 0.2

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Alex Welch

Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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