TNT and TBS’ coverage of the NCAA tournament absolutely dominated the Saturday cable ratings this past weekend.

The two networks grabbed seven of the night’s top 10 spots with their combined NCAA coverage throughout the day. TBS’ broadcast of the Auburn vs. Kansas game was the night’s highest-rated broadcast, with a 1.5 rating in adults 18-49, and the most-watched, with 4.62 million viewers.

TNT’s broadcasts of the Murray State vs. Florida State (0.8, 2.27 million) and Villanova vs. Purdue (0.7, 2.27 million) games rounded out the night’s top 3. Meanwhile, the HBO premiere of “The Meg” was the night’s no. 1 non-sports broadcast with a 0.5 and 1.66 million viewers, making it one of HBO’s higher-rated movie premieres in recent months.

This year’s Kids Choice Awards averaged a 0.3 on Nick, down again from the 0.5 average that the 2018 show scored.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, March 23, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
NCAA BSKBL CHMP-SA-4 – AUBURN VS KANSAS TBS 9:50 PM 4,622 1.5
NCAA BSKBL CHMP-SA-3 – MURRAY ST VS FLORIDA ST TNT 6:00 PM 2,269 0.8
NCAA BSKBL CHMP-SA-4 – VILLANOVA VS PURDUE TNT 8:32 PM 2,271 0.7
NCAA BSK CHP BRG PRSA TBS 9:33 PM 2,481 0.7
NCAA BSK POST GAME TBS 12:07 AM 1,681 0.6
NCAA BSKBL CHMP-SA-3 – BAYLOR VS GONZAGA TBS 7:00 PM 2,509 0.6
THE MEG HBO 8:00 PM 1,660 0.5
NCAA BSK CHP BRG PRSA TNT 8:16 PM 1,380 0.4
DRAGON BALL SUPER ADULT SWIM 11:00 PM 895 0.4
ATLANTA CHILD MURDERS INVEST 10:00 PM 1,230 0.3
COLLEGE GAMEDAY-BKBL ESPN 11:00 AM 874 0.3
ATLANTA CHILD MURDERS INVEST 11:00 PM 1,285 0.3
KIDS CHOICE AWARDS 2019 NICK-AT-NITE 9:00 PM 1,295 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 9:00 AM 727 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 10:00 AM 734 0.3
BORUTO:NARUTO NEXT GEN ADULT SWIM 11:30 PM 602 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 8:00 AM 626 0.3
ATLANTA CHILD MURDERS INVEST 9:00 PM 1,106 0.3
GHOST ADVENTURES TRAVEL 9:00 PM 838 0.3
KIDS CHOICE AWARDS 2019 NICKELODEON 8:00 PM 1,292 0.3
HENRY DANGER NICKELODEON 7:30 PM 1,313 0.2
KING OF QUEENS NICK-AT-NITE 5:08 AM 517 0.2
HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: LOVE TO THE RESCUE HALLMARK 8:00 PM 2,261 0.2
KING OF QUEENS NICK-AT-NITE 5:34 AM 507 0.2
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 7:00 AM 513 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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