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  • Tuesday, Mar. 26, 2019
NCAA Hoops Score Ratings For CBS, Turner; Nielsen Week In Review

One week into March Madness, CBS is feeling good.

Based on ratings from the nation’s largest media markets, the Nielsen company said CBS and the Turner Networks had the second best performance over the last 29 years for the first four games of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The only year to do better in that period was 2015.

Nielsen did not have exact viewership numbers, but Duke’s close call Sunday against Central Florida was particularly popular.

In an otherwise quiet week for prime-time television, CBS’ “60 Minutes” was the only show to top 10 million viewers.

Last Friday, when word got out that special counsel Robert Mueller had completed his work and cable television began talking about it, Sean Hannity of Fox News Channel had 3.13 million viewers, just behind colleague Tucker Carlson’s 3.2 million. Rachel Maddow of MSNBC had 2.9 million, Nielsen said.

CBS easily won the week in primetime, averaging 6.2 million viewers. ABC had 4.4 million viewers, NBC had 4.3 million, Fox had 2.8 million, ION Television had 1.4 million, Univision had 1.2 million, Telemundo had 1.1 million and the CW had 920,000.

Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.45 million viewers. TBS had 2.03 million, TNT had 1.87 million, MSNBC had 1.69 million and HGTV had 1.28 million.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.6 million viewers. The “NBC Nightly News” was secod with 7.9 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.3 million.

Below are primetime viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for March 18-24. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.

1. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 10.25 million.
2. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 9.88 million.
3. “NCIS,” CBS, 8.46 million.
4. “This is Us,” NBC, 7.65 million.
5. “God Friended Me,” CBS, 7.53 million.
6. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 7.16 million.
7. “American Idol” (Sunday), ABC, 7.08 million.
8. “Survivor,” CBS, 7.06 million.
9. “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC, 7 million.
10. NCAA Men’s Basketball Tourney: Minnesota vs. Michigan St., CBS, 6.49 million.
11. “Bull,” CBS, 6.42 million.
12. NCAA Men’s Basketball Tourney: N. Dakota St. vs. Duke,” CBS, 6.22 million.
13. “FBI,” CBS, 6.17 million.
14. “American Idol” (Monday), ABC, 6.11 million.
15. “The Voice” (Wednesday), NBC, 6.109 million.
16. “911,” Fox, 5.97 million.
17. “Ellen’s Game of Games,” NBC, 5.69 million.
18. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 5.61 million.
19. “Station 19,” ABC, 5.55 million.
20. “The Resident,” Fox, 5.15 million.

ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal.

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