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March Madness Gives CBS a Win; ‘House’ Looks Healthy

April 7, 2009 11:27 AM

CBS’ coverage of the NCAA men’s college basketball championship game gave the network the win Monday night, while Fox’s heavily hyped “House” scored strongly as the No. 2 show of the night.

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Primetime coverage of the March Madness basketball finals between Michigan State and North Carolina gave CBS a 5.7 rating/14 share among adults 18-49 and 16.3 million viewers from 9-11 p.m., according to preliminary Nielsen figures. (For final figures, see “NCAA March Madness Finals Hit Ratings Low.”) CBS opened the night with repeats of “The Big Bang Theory” and “How I Met Your Mother.”

Last night’s episode of “House” on Fox scored a 5.0/13 (13 million), the show’s best performance since Feb. 23. The program posted a 4% increase over last week’s telecast to come in as the top non-sports program of the night. The bump for “House” also gave “24” (3.8/9, 11 million) a slight boost, with last night’s episode up 3% from the week before, also its best performance since Feb. 23.

ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” (4.5/11, 19.6 million) continued to post weekly dips, scoring its lowest ratings of the current season and ranking as the No. 3 show of the night. At 9:30 p.m., “Surviving Suburbia” debuted with a 3.2/9 (12.1 million). Last night’s premiere episode was off only 6% from last spring’s “Samantha Who?” debut in the time period, but it outperformed “Samantha” by 19% for the current season in the time period. The strong “Dancing” lead-in helped “Suburbia” edge out the network’s comedy debuts of “Better Off Ted” and “In the Motherhood” from earlier this spring. “Castle” (2.4/6, 9.2 million) matched its previous series low but remained flat with last week, when it had “Dancing” as its direct lead-in.

NBC’s “Chuck” (2.1/5, 6 million) remained flat with last week and matched its previous series low. Up against NCAA basketball, “Heroes” (2.6/6, 6.1 million) was down 16% from last week to score another series low. “Medium” (2.2/5, 7.2 million) didn’t fare any better, also remaining flat from last week and matching a previous series low.

The CW aired repeats of “Gossip Girl” and “One Tree Hill.”

For the night: CBS finished first (4.9/12, 13.7 million), followed by Fox (4.4/11, 12 million) and ABC (3.6/9, 14.9 million), which led in total viewers. Rounding off the night were NBC (2.3/6, 6.4 million) and The CW (0.5/1, 1.1 million).

(Updated: Headline and second paragraph. 4:45 p.m.)

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