CBS dominates Monday with NCAA


CORRECTED 9:01 p.m. PT April 8, 2008

CBS' broadcast of the NCAA men's basketball tournament title game was on par with last year and dominated Monday's primetime ratings.

Continuing CBS' Monday winning streak, the overtime win by Kansas over Memphis was seen by an average of 19.5 million viewers and registered a 7.3 rating/19 share among adults 18-49. Last year's game had a 7.2 rating. CBS led into the contest with comedy repeats that placed second in the 8 p.m. hour.

For the 26 telecasts of the entire tournament, the ratings were the second-lowest ever, averaging 8.8 million viewers, down 8% from last year.

ABC came in second place for the night, with its reality hit "Dancing With the Stars" the second-highest-rated program (20 million viewers, 4.8/13). At 9:30 p.m., the freshman sitcom "Samantha Who?" returned to the air slightly lower than in its previous season average (11 million, 3.5/8). "Bachelor: London Calling" was on par (7.2 million, 2.6/7).

NBC was third, with the season (and likely series) finale of "My Dad Is Better Than Your Dad" (4.5 million, 1.3/4), followed by "Deal or No Deal" (10.2 million, 2.9/7) and "Medium" (10.7 million, 3.4/9).

Fox was fourth with a repeat and "New Amsterdam" (7.5 million, 2.3/6).

The CW was fifth with repeats (1.1 million, 0.5/1).