The Thursday TV ratings for March 26th are in; here are some of the highlights:
- NCAA basketball coverage may cause the ratings to shift a bit (as is always the case with live sports), but as far as the preliminary numbers go, it appears that — thanks to basketball — CBS won the night both in the key 18-49 demographic, as well as with viewers overall. Their tournament coverage, starting at 8 p.m., brought in a 2.4 rating and 7.78 million viewers.
- Thursday night ratings were once ABC’s to lose, and had it not been for sports then the network might have taken its place back on the throne — but it would have been tenuous. Grey’s Anatomy at 8 p.m. was up to a tenth to a 2.2 rating and 8.20 million viewers, but Scandal at 9 p.m. set a new season low with a 2.3 rating and 8.1 million viewers.
- Also on ABC, at 10 p.m. American Crime stayed steady (and low) with a 1.2 rating and 5.5 million viewers.
- Of course, ABC is still doing better than NBC’s failed Thursday coup, where The Blacklist continues to falter in its Thursday slot at 9 p.m., notching another series low this week of a 1.6 and 7.99 million viewers.
- The Slap also continues to plod along at 10 p.m., matching last week’s numbers of a 0.7 rating and 3.43 million viewers.
- On Fox at 9 p.m., Backstrom was down a tenth to a 0.9 rating and 3.64 million viewers.