TV Ratings: NCAA Tournament Ends on High Note for CBS, 'Voice' Continues to Grow
UPDATED: Louisville's victory over Michigan grows 18 percent over last year's college basketball championship, while the NBC competition rises again for a season high -- and "Dancing With the Stars" hits a low for performance episodes.
March Madness officially came to an end Monday night with Louisville beating Michigan in the NCAA Championship game. Metered Markets have the game up 18 percent from last year's ender, pulling a 14.3 rating and 23 share among households. It marks the end to a boosted tournament for CBS Sports and Turner Sports, which saw overall coverage up an average of nine percent.
In the adults 18-49 demo, Fast National returns give the game a 7.5 rating. That's up half of a point from last year's initial returns. It will likely see some change when time zone adjustments come in.
Elsewhere on broadcast, The Voice managed to grow by two tenths from last week to a 4.9 rating among adults 18-49. That marks a season high for the NBC program and matches its December finale. At 10 p.m., Revolution (2.3 adults) was up a tenth of a point from last week. The network averaged a 4.0 rating with adults 18-49 and 11.2 million viewers.
Dancing With the Stars (2.0 adults) was down two tenths of a point for its lowest-rated performance show ever. With an encore of Castle, ABC averaged a 1.8 rating with adults 18-49 and 11.1 million viewers.
A Bones repeat led into an even episode of The Following (2.2 adults), giving Fox an average 1.6 rating with adults 18-49 and 5.2 million viewers.
The Carrie Diaries (0.4 adults) finished its first season on the CW, up a tenth of a point from last week. The network averaged a 0.3 rating with adults 18-49 and 797,000 viewers.
Univision averaged a 1.6 rating in the demo and 3.7 million viewers.