Conference tournaments in college basketball put up pretty strong ratings in the week of March 5.

The ACC Tournament championship game between Virginia and North Carolina tied for second (behind “The Walking Dead”) in adults 18-49 with a 1.1 rating and was also second in total viewers with 3.44 million.

College hoops games and related programming took up eight spots in the top 25 in the 18-49 demographic. Games were four of the 25 most-watched shows on cable.

Top 25 original cable shows in adults 18-49 for March 5-11, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 2.8 3,584
2 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,446
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,446
ACC TOURNAMENT – N. CAROLINA/VIRGINIA ESPN Sat. 8:30 PM 1.1 1,434
ACC TOURNAMENT – N. CAROLINA/DUKE ESPN Fri. 9:34 PM 1.1 1,421
6 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 1.0 1,306
7 LOVE & HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,190
STREET OUTLAWS DISC Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,165
NBA BASKETBALL – CAVALIERS/LAKERS ESPN Sun. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,165
LOVE & HIP HOP MIAMI VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,152
BIG 12 TOURNAMENT – W. VIRGINIA/KANSAS ESPN Sat. 6:07 PM 0.9 1,152
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN Sat. 8:09 PM 0.9 1,088
TALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 10:08 PM 0.9 1,088
14 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,011
NCAA TOURNAMENT SELECTION SHOW TBS Sun. 6:00 PM 0.8 986
NBA BASKETBALL – ROCKETS/THUNDER TNT Tues. 8:14 PM 0.8 986
GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 0.8 973
SEC TOURNAMENT – KENTUCKY/TENNESSEE ESPN Sun. 12:56 PM 0.8 973
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 960
20 NBA BASKETBALL – SPURS/WARRIORS TNT Thurs. 10:38 PM 0.7 947
THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 0.7 922
ACC TOURNAMENT – N. CAROLINA/MIAMI ESPN Thurs. 9:23 PM 0.7 870
LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.7 845
LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.7 832
COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD ESPN Fri. 9:09 PM 0.7 832

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for March 5-11, 2018

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 6,604
2 ACC TOURNAMENT – N. CAROLINA/VIRGINIA ESPN Sat. 8:30 PM 3,435
3 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 3,380
4 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 8:00 PM 3,302
5 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 9:00 PM 3,267
6 GOLD RUSH DISC Fri. 9:00 PM 3,139
7 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 3,126
8 HANNITY FNC Thurs. 9:00 PM 3,044
9 THE CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HIST Tues. 9:00 PM 2,894
10 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,886
11 HANNITY FNC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,852
BIG 12 TOURNAMENT – W. VIRGINIA/KANSAS ESPN Sat. 6:07 PM 2,852
13 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,826
14 ACC TOURNAMENT – N. CAROLINA/DUKE ESPN Fri. 9:34 PM 2,823
15 THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,781
16 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,752
17 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Weds. 8:00 PM 2,741
18 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW USA Mon. 10:00 PM 2,729
19 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Fri. 8:00 PM 2,670
20 HANNITY FNC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,639
21 HANNITY FNC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,630
22 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 2,590
23 HANNITY SPECIAL FNC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,584
24 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FNC Mon. 8:00 PM 2,579
25 SEC TOURNAMENT – KENTUCKY/TENNESSEE ESPN Sun. 12:56 PM 2,553

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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