NBC Show Hits Season High But Basketball Owns the Night

Apr 9, 2013  •  Post A Comment

NBC had a pretty good night in the ratings Monday even as CBS coasted to a comfortable win with the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship game, based on Nielsen overnights.

TVbytheNumbers.com reports that NBC’s two-hour “The Voice” scored a season high in the key 18-49 demo, rising two-tenths of a ratings point from last week to a 4.9 average rating. NBC’s “Revolution” also inched its way up, delivering a 2.3, up one-tenth.

CBS’s coverage of the game averaged a 7.5 in the 18-49 demo in preliminary numbers, with significant adjustments expected due to the nature of live programming. The pregame show checked in with a 4.4.

For prime time overall, CBS came home with a comfortable win, averaging a 5.5 rating in viewers 18-49. NBC was the only serious competitor with a 4.0 average, trailed by ABC (1.8) and Fox (1.6). ABC accounted for itself better in total viewers, but CBS won there too, averaging 15.9 million to NBC’s 11.2 million, ABC’s 11.1 million and Fox’s 5.2 million.

ABC’s two-hour “Dancing with the Stars” slipped to a season-low 2.0 in 18-49, losing two-tenths of a point from a week ago to notch the all-time lowest rating for a performance episode of the series.

Fox’s “The Following” held steady with a 2.2 in adults 18-49, same as last week. CBS, Fox and ABC all rounded out their prime time with repeat programming.

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