The weekend TV ratings from March 27th through March 29th are in; here are some of the highlights:
- The story of the night comes, unsurprisingly, from AMC’s The Walking Dead. AMC reports that the show’s 90-minute finale garnered a 8.2 rating and 10.4 million viewers in the 18-49 demographic, up 9% from last year. So yes, it continued to own the night throughout its season, capping it off with a big final boost.
- Talking Dead benefitted from the rise, too, with its highest-rated episode, pulling in a 3.9 rating and 4.9 million viewers in the key demo.
- Back on Friday: coverage of the NCAA basketball tournament gave CBS the boost it needed to win an (otherwise dead) Friday night both in the key 18-49 demographic, and among viewers overall. The tournament (subject to change) brought in a 1.9 rating and 6.4 million viewers.
NBC’s Grimm at 8 p.m. Friday was down to a series low 1.0 rating in its new spot (formerly occupied by Constantine), with 4.94 million viewers.
- The series finale of Hart of Dixie, also at 8 p.m. on Friday, matched last week’s 0.4 rating and 1.37 million viewers for the CW.
- NBC’s Figure Skating World Championships came in last place against a night of reruns, notching a 0.3 rating and 2.22 million viewers on Saturday.
- NCAA coverage on Sunday overran on CBS, giving all of its series a (likely to be adjusted down) boost. 60 minutes benefited from the overrun by notching a 2.8 rating and 14.28 million viewers, while Madam Secretary at 8 p.m. notched a 1.7 and 12.54 million viewers. The Good Wife was up a tenth to a 1.1 and 9.37 million viewers, but by 10 p.m. things settled down with Battle Creek, which matched last week’s 0.8 rating and 6.52 million viewers.
- Once Upon a Time on ABC at 8 p.m. hit a series low 1.7 and 5.4 million viewers, but still narrowly beating out NBC’s iHeartRadio Music Awards with its 1.7 rating and 5.22 million viewers.
- ABC’s beleaguered Secrets & Lies dropped 13 percent from last week down to a 1.3 rating and 5.11 million viewers at 9 p.m.
- Fox’s The Last Man on Earth ran two back-to-back episodes again this week, starting off with a 1.4 rating and 3.52 million viewers at 9 p.m., and a 1.2 rating and 3.35 million viewers at 9:30 p.m.