College basketball occupied four of the Top 5 spots among original programming on cable, led by strong numbers for the rivalry game between North Carolina and Duke.

The primetime game on ESPN delivered a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 (best on all of TV Saturday night) and 4.06 million viewers. ESPN says that’s the most-watched regular-season college hoops game on any channel in two years.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, March 4, 2017

Show Net Time Total Viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
COLLEGE BASKETBALL ESPN 8:16 PM 4,061 1.2
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN 7:59 PM 2,519 0.8
X-MEN: APOCALYPSE HBO 8:00 PM 1,704 0.8
COLLEGE BASKETBALL ESPN 10:33 PM 1,644 0.6
COLLEGE BASKETBALL ESPN 6:04 PM 1,645 0.5
DRAGON BALL Z KAI/FINAL ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 1,102 0.5
SPONGEBOB NICK 10:00 AM 2,118 0.4
JOJOS BIZARRE ADVENTURE ADULT SWIM 12:30 AM 941 0.4
MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM/UNICORN ADULT SWIM 1:00 AM 908 0.4
UFC 209 PRELIMS FS1 8:00 PM 1,033 0.4
HOUSE HUNTERS RENOVATION HGTV 10:00 PM 1,595 0.4
BUNSEN IS A BEAST NICK 10:30 AM 1,728 0.4
ELENA OF AVALOR DISNEY 9:00 AM 1,435 0.4
LOG CABIN LIVING HGTV 11:00 PM 1,386 0.3
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 12:22 AM 930 0.3
DRAGON BALL SUPER ADULT SWIM 8:00 PM 857 0.3
LIVE PD AEN 9:00 PM 989 0.3
MOVIE – CUSTODY LIFETIME 8:00 PM 1,247 0.3
PIONEER WOMAN FOOD 10:00 AM 1,217 0.3
LIGA MX UNIVISION DEPORTES 8:00 PM 650 0.3
COUNTING CARS HISTORY 9:30 PM 1,163 0.3
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 1:00 AM 709 0.3
ALVINNN!!! AND THE CHIPMUNKS NICK 11:00 AM 1,561 0.3
THUNDERMANS NICK 8:00 PM 1,592 0.3
LIGA MX 2 UNIVISION DEPORTES 10:58 PM 626 0.3

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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