This week’s Saturday cable ratings were dominated by live college basketball broadcasts and coverage, which claimed six of the day’s top 25 spots.

ESPN’s broadcast of the Duke vs. North Carolina game took the night’s no. 1 spot with a 1.2 rating in the adults 18-49 demo, while the later Michigan vs. Michigan State game came second with a 0.8 and 2.85 million viewers. The network’s coverage of the Tennessee vs. Auburn (0.3) and Baylor vs. Kansas (0.2) games each landed a little lower in the chart as well.

Outside of sports, A&E’s “Live PD” was the night’s third-highest-rated show with a 0.6, steady again with previous Saturday night broadcast. The HBO premiere of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” posted a 0.5 with 1.66 million viewers, up from the 0.4 and 1.49 million viewers that the “Skyscraper” premiere had scored on the network the week before.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, March 9, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – DUKE/NORTH CAROLINA ESPN 6:06 PM 4,162 1.2
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – MICHIGAN/MICHIGAN STATE ESPN 8:13 PM 2,849 0.8
LIVE PD: 193 LIVE PD A&E 9:00 PM 1,887 0.6
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM HBO 8:00 PM 1,661 0.5
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN ESPN 4:18 PM 1,496 0.4
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN ESPN 10:17 PM 1,027 0.4
DRAGON BALL SUPER ADULT SWIM 11:00 PM 858 0.4
LIVE PD: 193 LIVE PD A&E 12:00 AM 814 0.3
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – TENNESSEE/AUBURN ESPN 12:00 PM 1,102 0.3
PIONEER WOMAN FOOD 10:00 AM 1,426 0.3
THE KITCHEN AT FN FOOD 11:00 AM 1,423 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 12AM ESPN 12:08 AM 617 0.3
BORUTO:NARUTO NEXT GEN ADULT SWIM 11:30 PM 576 0.3
SPORTSCENTER 1AM ESPN 1:00 AM 532 0.3
JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM HBO 10:45 PM 633 0.2
MUPPET BABIES DISNEY JUNIOR 9:30 AM 933 0.2
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 10:00 AM 565 0.2
IYANLA, FIX MY LIFE OWN 9:00 PM 675 0.2
GHOST ADVENTURES TRAVEL 9:00 PM 677 0.2
FILLER ESPN 2:00 AM 460 0.2
HALL ORIGINAL MOVIE: LOVE UNDER THE RAINBOW HALLMARK 8:00 PM 2,459 0.2
COLLEGE BKBL REG SSN – BAYLOR/KANSAS ESPN 2:03 PM 732 0.2
VAMPIRINA DISNEY JUNIOR 10:30 AM 821 0.2
SAY YES TO THE DRESS TLC 8:00 PM 981 0.2
HENRY DANGER NICKELODEON 8:00 PM 1,078 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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