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.