NCAA Tournament coverage on TBS, TNT and truTV had a big footprint in the cable rankings for the week of March 12.

Game telecasts and related programming took up more than half the top 25 among adults 18-49 and resulted in three of the four most-watched cable shows for the week.

The second-round game between UMBC — the first 16 seed ever to upset a No. 1 seed in the men’s tournament — and Kansas State scored highest with a 1.6 among adults 18-49 and 4.6 million viewers. In both measures, it finished second behind “The Walking Dead” (2.8, 6.66 million).

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for March 12-18, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 2.8 3,622
2 NCAA TOURNAMENT – UMBC/KANSAS ST. TRUTV Sun. 7:48 PM 1.6 2,099
3 NCAA TOURNAMENT – HOUSTON/MICHIGAN TBS Sat. 9:56 PM 1.3 1,690
NCAA TOURNAMENT – UMBC/VIRGINIA TNT Fri. 9:24 PM 1.3 1,651
5 NCAA TOURNAMENT POSTGAME TNT Fri. 11:40 PM 1.2 1,536
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,523
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.2 1,485
NCAA TOURNAMENT – FLORIDA ST./XAVIER TNT Sun. 8:39 PM 1.2 1,485
9 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,434
TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:08 PM 1.1 1,395
11 NCAA TOURNAMENT – ALABAMA/VA. TECH TNT Thurs. 9:19 PM 0.9 1,190
NCAA TOURNAMENT – FLORIDA/TEXAS TECH TNT Sat. 8:42 PM 0.9 1,190
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,165
LOVE & HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,139
NCAA TOURNAMENT – LOYOLA-ILL./TENNESSEE TNT Sat. 6:00 PM 0.9 1,101
16 LOVE & HIP HOP MIAMI VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,075
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,024
NCAA TOURNAMENT POSTGAME TRUTV Sun. 10:14 PM 0.8 1,011
NCAA TOURNAMENT – MARSHALL/W. VIRGINIA TBS Sun. 9:42 PM 0.8 998
NCAA TOURNAMENT – STUDIO TNT Sat. 8:26 PM 0.8 973
NCAA TOURNAMENT – KANSAS ST./CREIGHTON TNT Fri. 6:44 PM 0.8 960
22 NCAA TOURNAMENT – ARIZONA ST./SYRACUSE TRUTV Weds. 9:02 PM 0.7 947
NCAA TOURNAMENT – SETON HALL/KANSAS TBS Sat. 7:00 PM 0.7 947
NBA BASKETBALL – LAKERS/WARRIORS ESPN Weds. 11:12 PM 0.7 909
NCAA TOURNAMENT – STUDIO TNT Sun. 8:24 PM 0.7 909
NCAA TOURNAMENT – NEVADA/CINCINNATI TNT Sun. 6:00 PM 0.7 883
LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.7 858
NCAA TOURNAMENT – MONTANA/MICHIGAN TBS Thurs. 10:19 PM 0.7 845
NCAA TOURNAMENT – TEXAS/NEVADA TBS Fri. 4:12 PM 0.7 845
TEEN MOM MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.7 832
NCAA TOURNAMENT – SAN DIEGO ST./HOUSTON TBS Thurs. 7:31 PM 0.7 832
NCAA TOURNAMENT – CLEMSON/AUBURN TBS Sun. 7:00 PM 0.7 832
NCAA TOURNAMENT POSTGAME TNT Sun. 11:16 PM 0.7 832

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for March 12-18, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 6,663
2 NCAA TOURNAMENT – UMBC/KANSAS ST. TRUTV Sun. 7:48 PM 4,597
3 NCAA TOURNAMENT – HOUSTON/MICHIGAN TBS Sat. 9:56 PM 3,805
4 NCAA TOURNAMENT – UMBC/VIRGINIA TNT Fri. 9:24 PM 3,533
5 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 3,429
6 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,413
7 NCAA TOURNAMENT – FLORIDA ST./XAVIER TNT Sun. 8:39 PM 3,399
8 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,351
9 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 3,275
10 HANNITY FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,268
11 HANNITY FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,214
12 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,183
13 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,178
14 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 3,151
15 HANNITY FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,050
16 NCAA TOURNAMENT POSTGAME TNT Fri. 11:40 PM 3,045
17 HANNITY FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,971
18 LAST WORD W/LAWRENCE O’DONNELL MSNBC Tues. 10:00 PM 2,962
19 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,884
20 NCAA TOURNAMENT – LOYOLA-ILL./TENNESSEE TNT Sat. 6:00 PM 2,852
21 NCAA TOURNAMENT – FLORIDA/TEXAS TECH TNT Sat. 8:42 PM 2,845
22 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 2,837
23 FIXER UPPER HGTV Tues. 9:00 PM 2,822
24 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 2,791
25 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 2,771

All ratings are live + same-day. 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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