This week, it was not just the upper echelons of the Thursday cable ratings that were dominated by college basketball. It was the entire chart.

At the very peak was the Florida Gators playing the Nevada Wolf Pack on TNT to score a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49. This was 0.2 higher than last week’s top game, in which the Syracuse Orange went to battle with the Duke Blue Devils. In second place, TBS took over with a broadcast of the St. Mary’s Gaels vs. Villanova Wildcats to bring in a 1.0. TBS also claimed the third slot as the Murray State Racers faced the Marquette Golden Eagles for a 0.9.

The effect of the NCAA on the rest of the chart was dramatic. “Ex on the Beach” managed to hold onto the 0.4 it recovered to last week over on MTV, while “Swamp People” on History Channel continued its run at 0.3. VH1’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race” returned to a 0.3, the same score received by “Beat Bobby Flay” on Food Network, as well as both “House Hunters” and “House Hunters International” on HGTV.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Thursday, March 21, 2019

Show Net Time Total viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
TNT NCAA BSKBL CHP: FLORIDA VS NEVADA TNT 6:45 PM 3,126 1.1
TBS NCAA BSKBL CHP: ST MARYS VS VILLANOVA TBS 7:37 PM 2,906 1.0
TBS NCAA BSKBL CHP: MURRAY ST VS MARQUETTE TBS 4:50 PM 2,408 0.9
TNT NCAA BSK CHP TNT 9:21 PM 2,298 0.7
TBS NCAA BSK CHP TBS 9:46 PM 1,957 0.7
TRU NCAA BSKBL CHP: BAYLOR VS SYRACUSE TRUTV 9:52 PM 2,013 0.7
TBS NCAA BK CHP TBS 7:07 PM 1,850 0.7
TNT NCAA BSKBL CHP: MONTANA VS MICHIGAN TNT 9:39 PM 1,949 0.6
TBS NCAA BSKBL CHP: OLD DOMINION VS PURDUE TBS 10:05 PM 1,481 0.6
EX ON THE BEACH MTV 8:00 PM 706 0.4
TNT NCAA BSKBL CHP: NORTHEASTERN VS KANSAS TNT 4:17 PM 1,139 0.3
SWAMP PEOPLE HISTORY 9:00 PM 1,720 0.3
TRU NCAA BSK POST GAME TRUTV 12:12 AM 732 0.3
TRU NCAA BSKBL CHP: BELMONT VS MARYLAND TRUTV 3:17 PM 732 0.3
TRUCK NIGHT IN AMERICA HISTORY 10:03 PM 938 0.3
FLIP OR FLOP VEGAS HOME 9:00 PM 1,268 0.3
RUPAULS DRAG RACE VH1 9:00 PM 598 0.3
FLIP OR FLOP VEGAS HOME 9:30 PM 1,274 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS INTL HOME 10:30 PM 1,363 0.3
HOUSE HUNTERS HOME 10:00 PM 1,414 0.3
TNT NCAA BSK CHP TNT 3:59 PM 859 0.3
BEAT B.FLAY FOOD 10:00 PM 823 0.3
TBS NCAA BSK CHP TBS 4:27 PM 825 0.3
TNT NCAA BSKBL CHP: NEW MEXICO ST VS AUBURN TNT 1:22 PM 883 0.3
TBS NCAA BSKBL CHP: VERMONT VS FLORIDA ST TBS 1:52 PM 784 0.3

Source: The Nielsen Company.

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