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Primetime Ratings: CBS Wins Easily With Hoops

CBS won the Monday ratings battle by a mile thanks to its March Madness final. The network had a 4.6 rating in adults 18-49, and a 16 share, as North Carolina took down Gonzaga. The pre-game show at 8:30 did a 2.6 and the game itself a 5.6. Last year’s final aired on TNT, TBS and truTV, not on CBS. 

NBC was runner up at 1.7/6, with The Voice doing a 2.1, down 9%, before Taken slipped 18% to a 0.9. 

ABC had a 1.2/4, with Dancing With the Stars down 6% at 1.5 before Quantico fell 25% to 0.6. 

Fox scored a 0.7/2, with 24: Legacy at 0.8, down a tenth of a point from last week, and APB at a flat 0.6. 

The CW did a 0.2/1 with repeats. 

Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.