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College Hoops Rate High In Nielsens For CBS, TBS
North Carolina's Nate Britt, right, and Villanova's Kris Jenkins celebrate after North Carolina won a regional final men's college basketball game against Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament, Sunday, March 27, 2016, in Philadelphia. North Carolina won 88-74 to advance to the Final Four. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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College basketball’s March Madness is lifting CBS and its cable partner TBS in the television ratings.

CBS’ telecast of the Villanova-Kansas matchup to decide a place in the Final Four brought 11.6 million people to CBS on Saturday, typically a quiet night for broadcast television. TBS brought in 10.1 million people on Sunday for the men’s game between North Carolina and Notre Dame.

TBS broke the stranglehold that the news networks have had in the ratings lately as the top cable network for the week. Since TBS will also show the Final Four semifinals and men’s championship game within the next week, it should continue benefiting from an influx in viewers.

Television’s most popular show last week was a familiar one - CBS’ “NCIS” drama, with its New Orleans spinoff finishing second.

CBS averaged 8.4 million viewers in prime time last week. ABC (5.57 million) and NBC (5.56 million) finished in a virtual tie for second. Fox had 3.1 million viewers, Univision had 1.8 million, the CW had 1.26 million, ION Television had 1.25 million and Telemundo had 1.1 million.

TBS averaged 3.89 million viewers in prime time. Fox News channel had 2.1 million viewers, HGTV had 1.75 million, USA had 1.7 million and AMC had 1.59 million.

NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.5 million viewers. ABC’s “World News” was second with 8.2 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 7.1 million viewers.

Below are primetime viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for March 21-27. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.

1. “NCIS,” CBS, 15.9 million.

2. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 13.38 million.

3. “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 12.46 million.

4. “The Walking Dead,” AMC, 12.38 million.

5. NCAA Basketball: Villanova vs. Kansas, CBS, 11.56 million.

6. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 11.22 million.

7. “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 10.95 million.

8. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 10.76 million.

9. “Little Big Shots,” NBC, 10.57 million.

10. NCAA Basketball: North Carolina vs. Notre Dame, TBS, 10.11 million.

11. “Survivor,” CBS, 9.31 million.

12. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 8.76 million.

13. “Scorpion,” CBS, 8.65 million.

14. “NCAA Post-Game,” TBS, 8.59 million.

15. “Madam Secretary,” CBS, 8.5 million.

16. “NCAA Post-Game,” CBS, 8.21 million.

17. “American Idol” (Thursday), Fox, 8.02 million.

18. “Grey’s Anatomy,” ABC, 7.91 million.

19. “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” CBS, 7.76 million.

20. “Modern Family,” ABC, 7.69 million.