CBS scored an across-the-board ratings win in the week of March 12, thanks to the NCAA Tournament and “NCIS.”

NCAA coverage gave the network a demographic bump on Friday and Saturday and was even with the previous Thursday’s 18-49 average, helping CBS score a 1.3 rating for the week. That was 0.2 better than second-place NBC.

“NCIS” was the most-watched show of the week with 13.27 million viewers; CBS had 13 of the top 25 shows in total audience.

Here are the network standings for last week and the season so far.

March 12-18 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.0/4 (3) 1.3/5 (1) 0.3/1 (7) 0.7/3 (4) 1.1/5 (2) 0.4/2 (6) 0.5/2 (5)
Viewers in millions (rank) 4.70 (3) 6.97 (1) 0.96 (7) 2.64 (4) 5.60 (2) 1.06 (6) 1.56 (5)

 

Season to date ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.5/6 (4) 1.6/6 (2t) 0.6/2 (5) 1.6/6 (2t) 2.5/10 (1) 0.5/2 (6t) 0.5/2 (6t)
Viewers in millions (rank) 5.91 (3) 9.01 (2) 1.72 (5) 5.37 (4) 9.78 (1) 1.27 (7) 1.57 (6)

Current week ratings are live + same-day. Season-to-date ratings are “most current,” a combination of Live +7 and same-day ratings.

Here are the program rankings:

Top 25 broadcast 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 THIS IS US – F NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 2.8 3,575
2 THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 2.4 3,062
3 THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 2.3 2,904
4 NCAA TOURNAMENT – OHIO ST./GONZAGA CBS Sat. 7:52 PM 1.9 2,405
5 AMERICAN IDOL ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,385
THE GOOD DOCTOR ABC Mon. 10:00 PM 1.8 2,306
GREY’S ANATOMY ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,292
AMERICAN IDOL ABC Sun. 8:00 PM 1.8 2,268
9 SURVIVOR CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 1.7 2,218
NCAA TOURNAMENT – DAVIDSON/KENTUCKY CBS Thurs. 7:00 PM 1.7 2,161
11 9-1-1 FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 1.6 2,126
12 NCIS CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 1.5 1,884
13 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:37 PM 1.4 1,867
NCAA TOURNAMENT – BUFFALO/ARIZONA CBS Thurs. 9:42 PM 1.4 1,809
15 LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.3 1,699
NCAA TOURNAMENT – BRIDGE CBS Thurs. 9:26 PM 1.3 1,695
17 RISE – P NBC Tues. 10:01 PM 1.2 1,582
CHICAGO PD NBC Weds. 10:00 PM 1.2 1,569
WILL & GRACE NBC Thurs. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,551
BULL CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,537
21 LITTLE BIG SHOTS – P NBC Sun. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,472
THE MIDDLE ABC Tues. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,450
THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,431
NCAA TOURNAMENT – BUCKNELL/MICHIGAN ST. CBS Fri. 7:00 PM 1.1 1,426
NCAA TOURNAMENT – SYRACUSE/TCU CBS Fri. 9:49 PM 1.1 1,425
SCANDAL ABC Thurs. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,419

 

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

Rank Show Net Day Time
Viewers (000s)
1 NCIS CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 13,265
2 THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 11,876
3 THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 11,176
4 THIS IS US – F NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 10,940
5 BULL CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 10,639
6 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:37 PM 10,078
7 THE GOOD DOCTOR ABC Mon. 10:00 PM 9,887
8 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 9,251
9 INSTINCT – P CBS Sun. 8:37 PM 9,049
10 AMERICAN IDOL ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 8,414
11 SURVIVOR CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 8,377
12 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS Sun. 9:37 PM 8,024
13 AMERICAN IDOL ABC Sun. 8:00 PM 7,808
14 LITTLE BIG SHOTS – P NBC Sun. 8:00 PM 7,542
15 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 7,185
16 THE BIG BANG THEORY – R CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 7,081
17 NCAA TOURNAMENT – OHIO ST./GONZAGA CBS Sat. 7:52 PM 6,851
18 9-1-1 FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 6,551
19 CHICAGO PD NBC Weds. 10:00 PM 6,541
20 MAN WITH A PLAN CBS Mon. 8:30 PM 6,351
21 LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 6,131
22 LITTLE BIG SHOTS – S NBC Sun. 7:00 PM 6,000
23 NCAA TOURNAMENT – DAVIDSON/KENTUCKY CBS Thurs. 7:00 PM 5,926
24 YOUNG SHELDON – R CBS Mon. 9:00 PM 5,872
25 MADAM SECRETARY CBS Sun. 10:37 PM 5,715

All program 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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