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Monday Final Ratings: Villanova’s Dominant Victory on Turner Sports Sinks Men’s NCAA Basketball Championship to its Least-Viewed To-Date

Villanova’s 79-62 win over Michigan in the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship on Monday night delivered an average minute audience of 16.5 million viewers across TBS, TNT, truTV and streaming platform NCAA March Madness Live. This marks a new viewer low for the event, falling lower than the previous record low of 17.1 million of UConn/Georgia Tech on CBS from 2004.

The three-cable network telecast peaked at a combined 17.9 million viewers in the 10-10:15 p.m. ET quarter hour, which was just prior to halftime.

Despite the comparative lows, the game still dominated the prime time TV landscape on the night.

(Source: Turner Sports)

What follows are the Live + Same Day rating results for the night’s broadcast network telecasts on Monday, April 2:

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  • American Idol (ABC, 8:00 PM, 120 min.)
    – 7.155 million viewers
    – 4.4/8 HH
    – 1.4/5 A18-49 (1.8/7 F18-49, 1.0/4 M18-49)
    – 1.0/5 A18-34 (1.4/7 F18-34, 0.7/4 M18-34)
    – 2.0/6 A25-54 (2.6/7 F25-54, 1.5/5 M25-54)

    The Crossing (P) (ABC, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 5.397 million viewers
    – 3.5/7 HH
    – 0.9/4 A18-49 (1.2/5 F18-49, 0.7/3 M18-49)
    – 0.6/3 A18-34 (0.8/4 F18-34, 0.4/2 M18-34)
    – 1.3/4 A25-54 (1.6/5 F25-54, 0.9/3 M25-54)

    The Big Bang Theory (RS) (CBS, 8:00 PM, 30 min.)
    – 6.926 million viewers
    – 4.3/8 HH
    – 1.3/5 A18-49 (1.4/6 F18-49, 1.2/5 M18-49)
    – 0.7/4 A18-34 (0.7/4 F18-34, 0.7/4 M18-34)
    – 1.9/6 A25-54 (2.1/7 F25-54, 1.7/6 M25-54)

    Young Sheldon (RS) (CBS, 8:30 PM, 30 min.)
    – 6.538 million viewers
    – 4.1/7 HH
    – 1.2/5 A18-49 (1.3/5 F18-49, 1.1/5 M18-49)
    – 0.6/3 A18-34 (0.7/3 F18-34, 0.6/3 M18-34)
    – 1.8/6 A25-54 (2.0/6 F25-54, 1.7/5 M25-54)

    The Big Bang Theory (RS) (CBS, 9:00 PM, 30 min.)
    – 6.003 million viewers
    – 3.9/7 HH
    – 1.1/4 A18-49 (1.2/4 F18-49, 1.0/4 M18-49)
    – 0.5/3 A18-34 (0.6/3 F18-34, 0.5/3 M18-34)
    – 1.7/5 A25-54 (1.9/5 F25-54, 1.5/5 M25-54)

    Living Biblically (CBS, 9:30 PM, 30 min.)
    – 4.142 million viewers
    – 2.8/5 HH
    – 0.8/3 A18-49 (0.9/3 F18-49, 0.7/2 M18-49)
    – 0.4/2 A18-34 (0.4/2 F18-34, 0.4/2 M18-34)
    – 1.2/4 A25-54 (1.4/4 F25-54, 1.0/3 M25-54)

    NCIS (RS) (CBS, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 4.544 million viewers
    – 3.1/6 HH
    – 0.6/2 A18-49 (0.6/2 F18-49, 0.5/2 M18-49)
    – 0.3/1 A18-34 (0.3/1 F18-34, 0.3/1 M18-34)
    – 0.9/3 A25-54 (1.0/3 F25-54, 0.8/2 M25-54)

    The Voice (NBC, 8:00 PM, 121 min.)
    – 10.028 million viewers
    – 6.1/11 HH
    – 1.9/7 A18-49 (2.4/9 F18-49, 1.4/6 M18-49)
    – 1.1/6 A18-34 (1.4/7 F18-34, 0.8/5 M18-34)
    – 2.6/8 A25-54 (3.2/9 F25-54, 2.0/6 M25-54)

    Good Girls (NBC, 10:01 PM, 59 min.)
    – 4.036 million viewers
    – 2.6/5 HH
    – 0.9/3 A18-49 (1.2/4 F18-49, 0.6/2 M18-49)
    – 0.5/3 A18-34 (0.7/4 F18-34, 0.3/2 M18-34)
    – 1.2/4 A25-54 (1.5/5 F25-54, 0.9/3 M25-54)

    Lucifer (R) (Fox, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.661 million viewers
    – 1.1/2 HH
    – 0.4/2 A18-49 (0.4/2 F18-49, 0.4/2 M18-49)
    – 0.3/2 A18-34 (0.3/2 F18-34, 0.2/1 M18-34)
    – 0.5/2 A25-54 (0.6/2 F25-54, 0.5/2 M25-54)

    The Resident (R) (Fox, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.708 million viewers
    – 1.1/2 HH
    – 0.3/1 A18-49 (0.4/1 F18-49, 0.3/1 M18-49)
    – 0.2/1 A18-34 (0.3/1 F18-34, 0.2/1 M18-34)
    – 0.4/1 A25-54 (0.5/1 F25-54, 0.4/1 M25-54)

    D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow (CW, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.232 million viewers
    – 0.8/1 HH
    – 0.4/2 A18-49 (0.4/1 F18-49, 0.5/2 M18-49)
    – 0.3/1 A18-34 (0.3/1 F18-34, 0.3/2 M18-34)
    – 0.5/2 A25-54 (0.4/1 F25-54, 0.6/2 M25-54)

    Penn & Teller-April Fool Us Day (S) (CW, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.943 million viewers
    – 0.6/1 HH
    – 0.3/1 A18-49 (0.2/1 F18-49, 0.3/1 M18-49)
    – 0.2/1 A18-34 (0.1/1 F18-34, 0.2/1 M18-34)
    – 0.3/1 A25-54 (0.3/1 F25-54, 0.4/1 M25-54)

    La Rosa de Guadalupe (Univision, 7:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.597 million viewers
    – 0.9/2 HH
    – 0.6/3 A18-49

    El Rico y Lazaro (Univision, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.785 million viewers
    – 1.0/2 HH
    – 0.5/2 A18-49

    Papa a Toda Madre (Univision, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.579 million viewers
    – 0.9/1 HH
    – 0.6/2 A18-49

    Por Amar Sin Ley (Univision, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.512 million viewers
    – 0.9/2 HH
    – 0.5/2 A18-49

    La Tierra Prometida (R) (UniMás, 7:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.565 million viewers
    – 0.3/1 HH
    – 0.2/1 A18-49

    La Nina (UniMás, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.603 million viewers
    – 0.3/1 HH
    – 0.2/1 A18-49

    La Tierra Prometida (UniMás, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.287 million viewers
    – 0.7/1 HH
    – 0.4/1 A18-49

    Reto 4 Elementos: Naturaleza Extrema (UniMás, 10:00 PM, 120 min.)
    – 0.361 million viewers
    – 0.2/0 HH
    – 0.2/1 A18-49

    Caso Cerrado: Edición Estelar (Telemundo, 7:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.380 million viewers
    – 0.8/2 HH
    – 0.4/2 A18-49
    – 0.2/2 A18-34

    José José: El Principe de La Canción (Telemundo, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.940 million viewers
    – 0.5/1 HH
    – 0.3/1 A18-49
    – 0.2/1 A18-34

    Al Otro Lado Del Muro (Telemundo, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.151 million viewers
    – 0.7/1 HH
    – 0.4/1 A18-49
    – 0.3/1 A18-34

    Enemigo Intimo (Telemundo, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.415 million viewers
    – 0.8/1 HH
    – 0.6/2 A18-49
    – 0.4/2 A18-34

    What follows are the Live + Same Day rating results for the night’s select cable telecasts on Monday, April 2 (with the night’s cable ranks according to total viewers and adults 18-49 in parentheses):

    The Terror (AMC, 9:00 PM, 61 min.)
    – 1.105 million viewers (#24)
    – 0.68 HH (#30)
    – 0.27 A18-49 (#27)
    – 0.11 A18-34 (#80)

    Vanderpump Rules (BRAVO, 9:00 PM, 61 min.)
    – 1.481 million viewers (#14)
    – 1.02 HH (#14)
    – 0.61 A18-49 (#9)
    – 0.46 A18-34 (#13)

    Summer House (BRAVO, 10:01 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.672 million viewers (#54)
    – 0.48 HH (#47)
    – 0.28 A18-49 (#25)
    – 0.21 A18-34 (#29)

    Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.020 million viewers (#31)
    – 0.75 HH (#25)
    – 0.21 A18-49 (#45)
    – 0.09 A18-34 (#89)

    Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.810 million viewers (#41)
    – 0.57 HH (#36)
    – 0.18 A18-49 (#57)
    – 0.08 A18-34 (#95)

    CNN Tonight (CNN, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.728 million viewers (#46)
    – 0.53 HH (#40)
    – 0.15 A18-49 (#72)
    – 0.04 A18-34 (#99)

    Fast N Loud Special (DISC, 9:00 PM, 61 min.)
    – 0.839 million viewers (#38)
    – 0.55 HH (#37)
    – 0.28 A18-49 (#25)
    – 0.16 A18-34 (#41)

    Shifting Gears (DISC, 10:01 PM, 60 min.)
    – 0.825 million viewers (#39)
    – 0.53 HH (#40)
    – 0.29 A18-49 (#22)
    – 0.13 A18-34 (#63)

    MLB Monday Night – Early Baltimore Orioles at Houston Astros (ESPN, 7:00 PM, 195 min.)
    – 0.730 million viewers (#45)
    – 0.49 HH (#45)
    – 0.21 A18-49 (#45)
    – 0.18 A18-34 (#32)

    Spring Baking Championship 4 (FOOD, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.099 million viewers (#25)
    – 0.74 HH (#27)
    – 0.32 A18-49 (#19)
    – 0.25 A18-34 (#27)

    Vegas Cakes (FOOD, 10:00 PM, 30 min.)
    – 0.553 million viewers (#65)
    – 0.38 HH (#58)
    – 0.15 A18-49 (#72)
    – 0.09 A18-34 (#89)

    Tucker Carlson Tonight (FOXNC, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 2.601 million viewers (#6)
    – 1.71 HH (#6)
    – 0.27 A18-49 (#27)
    – 0.14 A18-34 (#53)

    Hannity Special (FOXNC, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 2.189 million viewers (#7)
    – 1.47 HH (#8)
    – 0.22 A18-49 (#41)
    – 0.12 A18-34 (#68)

    The Ingraham Angle (FOXNC, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.688 million viewers (#13)
    – 1.12 HH (#13)
    – 0.19 A18-49 (#51)
    – 0.09 A18-34 (#89)

    Flipping Virgins (HGTV, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.010 million viewers (#32)
    – 0.68 HH (#30)
    – 0.21 A18-49 (#45)
    – 0.10 A18-34 (#82)

    House Hunters (HGTV, 10:00 PM, 30 min.)
    – 1.354 million viewers (#16)
    – 0.91 HH (#15)
    – 0.26 A18-49 (#31)
    – 0.14 A18-34 (#53)

    House Hunters International (HGTV, 10:30 PM, 30 min.)
    – 1.293 million viewers (#18)
    – 0.91 HH (#15)
    – 0.25 A18-49 (#33)
    – 0.15 A18-34 (#47)

    Vanity Fair Confidential (ID, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.072 million viewers (#28)
    – 0.75 HH (#25)
    – 0.22 A18-49 (#41)
    – 0.12 A18-34 (#68)

    Evil Talks: Chilling Confessions (ID, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.084 million viewers (#27)
    – 0.76 HH (#22)
    – 0.24 A18-49 (#36)
    – 0.13 A18-34 (#63)

    Cold Hearted (ID, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.110 million viewers (#23)
    – 0.78 HH (#19)
    – 0.29 A18-49 (#22)
    – 0.14 A18-34 (#53)

    All In with Chris Hayes (MSNBC, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.755 million viewers (#12)
    – 1.27 HH (#11)
    – 0.19 A18-49 (#51)
    – 0.04 A18-34 (#99)

    Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 2.122 million viewers (#8)
    – 1.50 HH (#7)
    – 0.25 A18-49 (#33)
    – 0.08 A18-34 (#95)

    Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell (MSNBC, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.838 million viewers (#11)
    – 1.29 HH (#10)
    – 0.17 A18-49 (#62)
    – 0.05 A18-34 (#98)

    Teen Mom Season 7 (MTV, 9:00 PM, 61 min.)
    – 0.992 million viewers (#33)
    – 0.64 HH (#33)
    – 0.54 A18-49 (#12)
    – 0.60 A18-34 (#10)

    Teen Mom: Young & Pregnant (MTV, 10:01 PM, 61 min.)
    – 0.593 million viewers (#62)
    – 0.39 HH (#56)
    – 0.32 A18-49 (#19)
    – 0.39 A18-34 (#15)

    Men’s NCAA Basketball Championship Pre-Game 1 (TBS, 7:00 PM, 68 min.)
    – 0.597 million viewers (#61)
    – 0.36 HH (#62)
    – 0.18 A18-49 (#57)
    – 0.12 A18-34 (#68)

    Men’s NCAA Basketball Championship Pre-Game 2 (TBS, 8:08 PM, 70 min.)
    – 3.509 million viewers (#2)
    – 2.05 HH (#2)
    – 1.06 A18-49 (#5)
    – 0.75 A18-34 (#6)

    Men’s NCAA Basketball Championship Villanova vs. Michigan (TBS, 9:18 PM, 141 min.)
    – 13.283 million viewers (#1)
    – 7.50 HH (#1)
    – 4.09 A18-49 (#1)
    – 3.42 A18-34 (#1)

    Men’s NCAA Basketball Championship Pre-Game (TNT, 9:00 PM, 12 min.)
    – 1.250 million viewers (#20)
    – 0.78 HH (#19)
    – 0.37 A18-49 (#17)
    – 0.26 A18-34 (#26)

    Men’s NCAA Basketball Championship Villanova vs. Michigan (Michigan TeamCast) (TNT, 9:12 PM, 145 min.)
    – 2.071 million viewers (#9)
    – 1.32 HH (#9)
    – 0.55 A18-49 (#11)
    – 0.39 A18-34 (#15)

    Men’s NCAA Basketball Championship Villanova vs. Michigan (Villanova TeamCast) (TRU, 9:18 PM, 142 min.)
    – 0.613 million viewers (#59)
    – 0.37 HH (#61)
    – 0.19 A18-49 (#51)
    – 0.18 A18-34 (#32)

    WWE Raw (USA, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 3.430 million viewers (#3)
    – 2.02 HH (#3)
    – 1.22 A18-49 (#2)
    – 0.95 A18-34 (#3)

    WWE Raw (USA, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 3.329 million viewers (#4)
    – 1.91 HH (#5)
    – 1.15 A18-49 (#4)
    – 0.95 A18-34 (#3)

    WWE Raw (USA, 10:00 PM, 76 min.)
    – 3.314 million viewers (#5)
    – 1.93 HH (#4)
    – 1.21 A18-49 (#3)
    – 0.97 A18-34 (#2)

    Love & Hip Hop Atlanta 7 (VH1, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
    – 1.901 million viewers (#10)
    – 1.25 HH (#12)
    – 0.93 A18-49 (#6)
    – 0.92 A18-34 (#5)

    Teyana & Iman (VH1, 9:00 PM, 30 min.)
    – 1.389 million viewers (#15)
    – 0.91 HH (#15)
    – 0.71 A18-49 (#7)
    – 0.72 A18-34 (#7)

    Leave It to Stevie 2 (VH1, 9:30 PM, 30 min.)
    – 1.131 million viewers (#22)
    – 0.77 HH (#21)
    – 0.54 A18-49 (#12)
    – 0.49 A18-34 (#11)

    Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

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        – 451,000 viewers
        – 0.19 adults 18-49 rating

        Fairly OddParents (Nickelodeon, 4/02/18 7:30-8:00 a.m.)
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        – 0.20 adults 18-49 rating

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        – 0.20 adults 18-49 rating

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        – 0.19 adults 18-49 rating

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