The NCAA Tournament dominated the cable charts yet again, this time for the week of March 25.

TBS’ broadcast of the Saturday night game between Purdue and Virginia was the week’s highest-rated broadcast in the adults 18-49 demo with a 2.9 rating, while the Texas Tech vs. Gonzaga and the network’s additional Saturday NCAA coverage rounded out the week’s top 3 with 2.6 and 2.0 ratings.

The season 9 finale of “The Walking Dead” came fourth in the demo with a 1.9, up four-tenths from the 1.5 its penultimate episode had scored the previous week. In addition, the Purdue vs. Virginia game was the week’s most-watched broadcast with 10.49 million viewers – giving TBS the week’s top spots in both measures.

Top 25 original cable shows (including ties) in adults 18-49 for March 25-31, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 rating
18-49 viewers (000s)*
1 NCAA BASKETBALL CHMP SA-2 – PURDUE VS VIRGINIA TBS Sat. 8:45 PM 2.9 3,750
2 NCAA BASKETBALL-BRIDGE-SAT TBS Sat. 8:29 PM 2.6 3,264
3 NCAA BASKETBALL CHMP SA-1 – TEXAS TECH VS GONZAGA TBS Sat. 6:00 PM 2.0 2,611
4 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 1.9 2,381
5 NCAA BASKETBALL CHMP FR 1 – AUBURN VS NORTH CAROLINA TBS Fri. 7:19 PM 1.7 2,112
6 NCAA BASKETBALL CHMP TH 1 – PURDUE VS TENNESSEE TBS Thurs. 7:22 PM 1.4 1,818
7 NCAA BASKETBALL POST GAME-SA TBS Sat. 11:15 PM 1.2 1,549
NCAA BASKETBALL CHMP TH 2 – OREGON VS VIRGINIA TBS Thurs. 10:29 PM 1.2 1,523
9 NCAA BASKETBALL CHP-BRG-PRTH1 TBS Thurs. 10:05 PM 1.1 1,446
NCAA BASKETBALL CHP-BRG-PRFR1 TBS Fri. 9:42 PM 1.1 1,382
11 NCAA BASKETBALL CHMP FR 2 – HOUSTON VS KENTUCKY TBS Fri. 10:01 PM 1.0 1,318
LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 9:00 PM 1.0 1,216
13 WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,165
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 9:00 PM 0.9 1,152
LOVE & HIP HOP ATLANTA VH1 Mon. 8:00 PM 0.9 1,152
WWE ENTERTAINMENT USA Mon. 10:00 PM 0.9 1,088
17 REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA BRAVO Sun. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,037
CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 0.8 1,011
WWE SMACKDOWN USA Tues. 8:00 PM 0.8 1,011
20 LOVE & HIP HOP MIAMI VH1 Mon. 10:00 PM 0.7 922
NCAA BASKETBALL POST GAME TBS Fri. 12:23 AM 0.7 858
LIVE PD: 194 LIVE PD A&E Fri. 9:00 PM 0.7 858
23 CHALLENGE: WAR OF WORLDS MTV Weds. 9:00 PM 0.6 806
LIVE PD: 195 LIVE PD A&E Sat. 9:00 PM 0.6 794
KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS E! Sun. 9:00 PM 0.6 794
MLB SUNDAY NIGHT – ATLANTA/PHILADELPHIA ESPN Sun. 7:56 PM 0.6 794
LAST OG POST ELITE TBS Sat. 11:45 PM 0.6 781
NCAA BASKETBALL POST GAME TBS Thurs. 12:38 AM 0.6 755
TEEN MOM II MTV Mon. 9:00 PM 0.6 717
NBA BASKETBALL – ROCKETS/BUCKS TNT Tues. 8:14 PM 0.6 704

*Adults 18-49 viewer figures are approximate.

Top 25 original cable shows in total viewers for March 25-31, 2019

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NCAA BASKETBALL CHMP SA-2 – PURDUE VS VIRGINIA TBS Sat. 8:45 PM 10,486
2 NCAA BASKETBALL-BRIDGE-SAT TBS Sat. 8:29 PM 8,826
3 NCAA BASKETBALL CHMP SA-1 – TEXAS TECH VS GONZAGA TBS Sat. 6:00 PM 7,722
4 NCAA BSKBL CHMP FR 1 – AUBURN VS NORTH CAROLINA TBS Fri. 7:19 PM 5,616
5 THE WALKING DEAD AMC Sun. 9:00 PM 5,019
6 NCAA BSKBL CHMP TH 1 – PURDUE VS TENNESSEE TBS Thurs. 7:22 PM 4,879
7 HANNITY FOX NEWS Weds. 9:00 PM 4,303
8 HANNITY FOX NEWS Thurs. 9:00 PM 4,061
9 HANNITY FOX NEWS Mon. 9:00 PM 4,005
10 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Mon. 8:00 PM 3,886
11 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Thurs. 8:00 PM 3,794
12 NCAA BASKETBALL POST GAME TBS Sat. 11:15 PM 3,701
13 NCAA BASKETBALL CHP-BRG-PRFR1 TBS Fri. 9:42 PM 3,621
14 HANNITY FOX NEWS Tues. 9:00 PM 3,571
15 NCAA BASKETBALL CHMP TH 2 – OREGON VS VIRGINIA TBS Thurs. 10:29 PM 3,564
16 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Tues. 8:00 PM 3,554
17 CURSE OF OAK ISLAND HISTORY Tues. 9:00 PM 3,498
18 TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT FOX NEWS Weds. 8:00 PM 3,485
19 NCAA BSKBL CHMP FR 2 – HOUSTON VS KENTUCKY TBS Fri. 10:01 PM 3,414
20 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Mon. 10:00 PM 3,356
21 NCAA BASKETBALL CHP-BRG-PRTH1 TBS Thurs. 10:05 PM 3,305
22 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Weds. 10:00 PM 3,268
23 THE FIVE FOX NEWS Mon. 5:00 PM 3,065
24 THE INGRAHAM ANGLE FOX NEWS Thurs. 10:00 PM 3,040
25 HANNITY FOX NEWS Fri. 9:00 PM 2,939

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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