The return of “Empire” gave FOX a bit of a boost in the week of March 20. The show was the top-rated entertainment show of the week among adults 18-49, earning a 2.8 rating (up a bit from its last episode of the fall). It also finished 11th in viewers, and its presence helped FOX improved its weekly average by two tenths of a point (0.9 vs. o.7 the previous week).

CBS had the No. 1 show in both adults 18-49 and viewers for the week. An NCAA Tournament game between UCLA and Kentucky led the 18-49 rankings with a 3.2, and “60 Minutes” (which followed a heavily watched afternoon tournament game on Sunday) topped the viewer rankings at 14.7 million.

Here are the network standings for the week of March 20-26 and the season to date.

March 20-26 ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 0.9/4 (3t) 1.5/6 (1) 0.4/2 (7) 0.9/4 (3t) 1.1/4 (2) 0.5/2 (6) 0.6/2 (5)
Viewers in millions (rank) 4.39 (3) 7.43 (1) 1.30 (7) 2.81 (4) 5.57 (2) 1.31 (6) 1.66 (5)

 

Season to date ABC CBS CW FOX NBC TEL UNI
Adults 18-49 rating/share (rank) 1.7/6 (4) 1.9/7 (3) 0.7/2 (5t) 2.1/7 (2) 2.3/8 (1) 0.6/2 (7) 0.7/2 (5t)
Viewers in millions (rank) 6.34 (4) 9.87 (1) 1.84 (6) 6.54 (3) 8.58 (2) 1.61 (7) 1.87 (5)

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 20-26, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time 18-49 Rating 18-49 Viewers (000s)
1 NCAA TOURNAMENT – UCLA/KENTUCKY CBS Fri. 9:44 PM 3.2 4,144
2 EMPIRE FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 2.8 3,618
3 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:35 PM 2.5 3,195
4 THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 2.4 3,102
5 THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 2.3 2,896
6 NCAA TOURNAMENT – PURDUE/KANSAS CBS Thurs. 9:27 PM 2.1 2,687
DANCING WITH THE STARS – P ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 2.1 2,656
8 NCAA TOURNAMENT – MICHIGAN/OREGON CBS Thurs. 7:00 PM 2.0 2,514
9 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.9 2,454
NCAA TOURNAMENT PREGAME CBS Fri. 9:25 PM 1.9 2,408
11 NCAA TOURNAMENT – BUTLER/N. CAROLINA CBS Fri. 7:00 PM 1.7 2,243
SURVIVOR CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 1.7 2,222
LITTLE BIG SHOTS NBC Sun. 8:00 PM 1.7 2,180
15 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS Sun. 8:35 PM 1.6 2,078
NCAA TOURNAMENT PREGAME CBS Thurs. 9:08 PM 1.6 2,044
16 CHICAGO FIRE NBC Tues. 10:00 PM 1.5 1,970
17 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS Weds. 9:00 PM 1.3 1,696
SCANDAL ABC Thurs. 9:01 PM 1.3 1,681
19 CHICAGO PD NBC Weds. 10:00 PM 1.2 1,599
TRIAL & ERROR NBC Tues. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,573
LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.2 1,539
22 KEVIN CAN WAIT CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,453
SUPERSTORE NBC Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,451
SCORPION CBS Mon. 10:00 PM 1.1 1,447
SHOTS FIRED – P FOX Weds. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,446
MADAM SECRETARY CBS Sun. 9:35 PM 1.1 1,408
DESIGNATED SURVIVOR ABC Weds. 10:00 PM 1.1 1,386
MASTERCHEF JUNIOR FOX Thurs. 8:00 PM 1.1 1,381
TRIAL & ERROR NBC Tues. 9:30 PM 1.1 1,380
MODERN FAMILY – R ABC Weds. 9:00 PM 1.1 1,362


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op 25 broadcast shows in viewers for March 20-26, 2017

Rank Show Net Day Time Viewers (000s)
1 60 MINUTES CBS Sun. 7:35 PM 14,699
2 DANCING WITH THE STARS – P ABC Mon. 8:00 PM 12,092
3 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS Sun. 8:35 PM 11,171
4 THE VOICE NBC Tues. 8:00 PM 10,837
5 THE VOICE NBC Mon. 8:00 PM 10,740
6 NCAA TOURNAMENT – UCLA/KENTUCKY CBS Fri. 9:44 PM 9,995
7 LITTLE BIG SHOTS NBC Sun. 8:00 PM 9,812
8 NCIS – R CBS Tues. 8:00 PM 9,364
9 MADAM SECRETARY CBS Sun. 9:35 PM 8,773
10 SURVIVOR CBS Weds. 8:00 PM 8,104
11 EMPIRE FOX Weds. 9:00 PM 7,954
12 GREY’S ANATOMY ABC Thurs. 8:00 PM 7,805
13 CRIMINAL MINDS CBS Weds. 9:00 PM 7,465
14 CHICAGO FIRE NBC Tues. 10:00 PM 7,210
15 NCAA TOURNAMENT – MICHIGAN/OREGON CBS Thurs. 7:00 PM 7,128
16 BULL – R CBS Tues. 9:00 PM 7,022
17 NCAA TOURNAMENT – PURDUE/KANSAS CBS Thurs. 9:27 PM 6,625
18 SCORPION CBS Mon. 10:00 PM 6,464
19 NCAA TOURNAMENT – BUTLER/N. CAROLINA CBS Fri. 7:00 PM 6,416
20 CHICAGO PD NBC Weds. 10:00 PM 6,388
21 NCAA TOURNAMENT PREGAME CBS Fri. 9:25 PM 6,251
22 LAST MAN STANDING ABC Fri. 8:00 PM 6,118
23 NCIS: NEW ORLEANS – R CBS Tues. 10:00 PM 6,087
24 KEVIN CAN WAIT CBS Mon. 8:00 PM 5,928
25 CHICAGO JUSTICE NBC Sun. 9:00 PM 5,841

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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