Thursday TV ratings: March Madness excellent for other networks [Mar. 21]

CBS hosted March Madness on Mar. 21. Instead of pulling in all the views, it proved to be a good night for all the other networks. Here’s a look at the Thursday TV ratings and what they mean.

March Madness on CBS kicked off on Thursday night. While most sporting fixtures will bring in the most views, it was the other networks that proved to have a successful night. Almost everything was up and the shows that were down were by a tiny amount. Here’s a breakdown of the Thursday TV ratings for Mar. 21.

We’ll start with NBC’s excellent night. All five shows were up in the total audience and some in double digits. Most shows remained steady in the demo, with Will & Grace seeing a 16% increase and saw a 20% increase in the total audience. The show has already been confirmed for another season, so we’re not too worried about this.

Superstore and A.P. Bio saw upward ticks that are good for the future of the shows. Superstore has already been renewed for another season, but we’re still worried about A.P. Bio. It was down in its second season premiere, but the total audience has grown each week since. This week also saw the demo steady and hopefully, this is where the figures stay. The total audience was actually at a high since Season 1, Episode 8, which is a very good sign.

FOX mostly had a good night. Gotham was up by 7% and 9% in the demo and total audience respectively. While the show is on its final season, we still want to see it end on a high.

Meanwhile, The Orville returned from a one-week break well. The demo was down by 4% but the total audience remained steady. Shows recently have been returning down by a much larger amount. Apart from the average being 38% and 24% down in the demo and total audience from the previous season, a small decrease this week wouldn’t have been too much to worry about.


Legacies — “I’ll Tell You a Story” — Pictured (L-R): Jenny Boyd as Lizzie and Danielle Rose Russell as Hope — Photo: Quantrell Colbert/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

The CW and ABC also had a good night in the Thursday TV ratings. Both Supernatural and Legacies were relatively steady, although both shows have been renewed so the ratings are nothing to worry about right now. The whole TGIT lineup was steady or up (the 3% dip in the For the People total audience isn’t anything to worry about because the average overall is 24% up from last season).

Station 19 had an excellent night. After a slip the last two weeks, it was up by 12% in the demo and 8% in the total audience. It was an intense episode and the promo certainly did well to make you need to watch, so it’s good to see that it worked.

Overall, Grey’s Anatomy took the top spot for the demo with a 1.4 rating and for the total audience with 6.89 million tuning in. Station 19 was second for scripted shows with 5.60 million viewers and 0.9 in the demo.

CBS came second in the demo with March Madness, seeing a 1.0 rating, but the total audience was one of the lowest with 3.85 million. The ratings were down from the first games last season.

Check out the Thursday TV ratings in full to see how your favorite shows performed.

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