Competing against the NCAA tournament, “The Walking Dead” lost the top spots in the cable charts for the week of March 18.

TBS’ broadcast of the Saturday night NCAA tournament game between Auburn and Kansas was the week’s most-watched broadcast with 4.62 million viewers. It tied with “The Walking Dead” as the week’s highest-rated broadcast in the adults 18-49 demo, as both the college basketball game and the long-running AMC zombie series scored matching 1.5 ratings.

Combined, TBS and TNT’s NCAA tournament coverage scored seventeen of the week’s top 26 spots in the demo, and seven of the top spots in total viewers.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for March 18-24, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NCAA BSKBL CHMP-SA-4 – AUBURN VS KANSAS TBS Sat. 9:50 PM 1.5 1,933
THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 1.5 1,894
3 NCAA BSKBL CHMP-SU-4 – OHIO ST VS HOUSTON TNT Sun. 8:48 PM 1.1 1,459
NCAA BSKBL CHP-PRTH1 – FLORIDA VS NEVADA TNT Thurs. 6:45 PM 1.1 1,434
5 NCAA BSKBL CHP-PRFR2 – IONA VS NORTH CAROLINA TNT Fri. 9:21 PM 1.0 1,331
NCAA BSKBL CHP-PRTH1 – ST MARYS VS VILLANOVA TBS Thurs. 7:37 PM 1.0 1,229
7 NCAA BSKBL CHMP-SU-4 – UC IRVINE VS OREGON TBS Sun. 9:34 PM 0.9 1,203
NCAA BSKBL CHMP-SU-3 – LIBERTY VS VA TECH TBS Sun. 7:00 PM 0.9 1,203
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,178
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,165
NCAA BSKBL CHP-DYTH2 – MURRAY ST VS MARQUETTE TBS Thurs. 4:50 PM 0.9 1,101
NCAA BSKBL CHP-DYFR2 – OREGON VS WISCONSIN TBS Fri. 4:35 PM 0.9 1,088
13 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.8 1,062
LOVE AND HIP HOP VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,037
NCAA BSKBL CHP-PRFR2 – OHIO ST VS IOWA ST TBS Fri. 9:38 PM 0.8 1,037
NCAA BSK CHP-BRG-PRSU TBS Sun. 9:16 PM 0.8 986
NCAA BSKBL CHMP-SA-3 – MURRAY ST VS FLORIDA ST TNT Sat. 6:00 PM 0.8 960
REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 0.8 960
19 WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.7 947
CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 0.7 947
NCAA BSK CHP-BRG-PRTH TNT Thurs. 9:21 PM 0.7 934
NCAA BSK CHP-BRG-PRTH TBS Thurs. 9:46 PM 0.7 934
NCAA BSKBL CHP-PRTH2 – BAYLOR VS SYRACUSE TRUTV Thurs. 9:52 PM 0.7 922
NCAA BSKBL CHMP-SA-4 – VILLANOVA VS PURDUE TNT Sat. 8:32 PM 0.7 909
NCAA BSK CHP-BRG-PRSA TBS Sat. 9:33 PM 0.7 858
NCAA BK CHP-BRG-DYTH2 TBS Thurs. 7:07 PM 0.7 845

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for March 18-24, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NCAA BSKBL CHMP-SA-4 – AUBURN VS KANSAS TBS Sat. 9:50 PM 4,622
2 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 4,152
3 CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 3,635
4 NCAA BSKBL CHMP-SU-4 – OHIO ST VS HOUSTON TNT Sun. 8:48 PM 3,565
5 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Fri. 8:00 PM 3,199
6 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 3,171
7 HANNITY FOX NEWS Fri. 9:00 PM 3,132
8 NCAA BSKBL CHP-PRTH1 – FLORIDA VS NEVADA TNT Thurs. 6:45 PM 3,126
9 NCAA BSKBL CHP-PRFR2 – IONA VS NORTH CAROLINA TNT Fri. 9:21 PM 3,013
10 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Mon. 9:00 PM 2,977
11 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 2,953
12 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 2,940
13 NCAA BSKBL CHP-PRTH1 – ST MARYS VS VILLANOVA TBS Thurs. 7:37 PM 2,906
14 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Fri. 9:00 PM 2,904
15 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 2,852
16 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 2,810
RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Weds. 9:00 PM 2,810
18 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 2,800
TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 2,800
20 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 2,797
21 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 2,788
22 NCAA BSKBL CHP-DYFR2 – OREGON VS WISCONSIN TBS Fri. 4:35 PM 2,750
23 NCAA BSKBL CHMP-SU-3 – LIBERTY VS VA TECH TBS Sun. 7:00 PM 2,747
24 RACHEL MADDOW SHOW MSNBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2,733
25 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 2,717

All ratings are live + same-day. 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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