TV Ratings: March Madness Final Drops From 2013, 'Voice' Holds

UPDATED: CBS dominated the night with NCAA basketball, while "Dancing With the Stars" took the biggest hit from the increased competition.
NCAA Champions University of Connecitcut  AP Photo/David J. Phillip

Regardless of the game's outcome, CBS won their March Madness bracket on Monday night. The UConn Huskies' Championship Game victory over the Kentucky Wildcats averaged a 6.0 rating among adults 18-49.

The score, preliminary before time zone adjustments, was down a sharp 1.5 points from the early ratings for last year's game but still scored an easy Monday victory for the network. With pregame coverage and a solid encore of The Big Bang Theory, CBS averaged a 4.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 14.6 million viewers.

PHOTOS: Broadcast TV's Returning Shows 2014-15

The game did not deter The Voice (3.4 adults), steady with last week's showing in the demo. American Dream Builders (1.6 adults), while no Blacklist, was improved by a full point from its most recent Sunday showing. NBC took a 2.8 rating with adults 18-49 and 9.7 million viewers.

Dancing With the Stars (2.1 adults) suffered the most from the basketball boom. It fell two-tenths of a point with the adults under 50 set and lost its most-watched status to the game. ABC averaged a 1.8 rating and 12.1 million viewers.

Bones (1.6 adults) posted a tenth of a point improvement ahead of a steady Following (1.4 adults), with Fox netting a 1.5 rating and 5.5 million viewers.

Over on The CW, Star-Crossed (0.3 adults) was down a tenth of a point.

comments powered by Disqus