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Ratings: ‘The Following,’ ‘Jane The Virgin’ Hit Lows Against NCAA Tournament Final

Duke versus Wisconsin college hoops championship rejects all competition

CBS’s broadcast of the NCAA Tournament Final easily crushed its competition on Monday night, when Duke topped Wisconsin in a back-and-forth winner-take-all battle for collegiate hoops supremacy.

While fast national numbers for the network are approximate due to the nature of live sports, readers can click here for the household numbers. Per that earlier Tuesday morning metric, the National Championship Game hit its highest number in 18 years. Final numbers will be released later on Tuesday.

Against the stiff hoops competition, Fox’s “The Following” fell to a new series low, while CW’s “Jane The Virgin” matched its own worst demo number.

CBS was first in ratings with a 5.6 rating/17 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 18 million, according to preliminary numbers. Following a rerun, pregame coverage and tip-off from 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. earned a 3.8/11 and 12.5 million viewers. The majority of the game from 9:30 on averaged a 7.9/22 and 24.4 million viewers — obvious highs on the night.

NBC was second in ratings with a 2.4/7 and third in viewers with 9 million. At 8, “The Voice” received a 2.9/9 and 10.7 million viewers. At 10, “Night Shift” had a 1.4/4 and 5.7 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 1.6/5 and second in viewers with 10.9 million. “Dancing With the Stars” at 8 posted a 2.0/6 and 13.5 million viewers. A repeat followed.

Univision was fourth in ratings with a 1.0/3 and in viewers with 2.7 million.

Fox was fifth in ratings with a 0.7/2 and in viewers with 2.4 million. After a rerun, “The Following” slipped to a 0.9/3 and 2.9 million viewers.

Telemundo and the CW tied for sixth in ratings, both with a 0.4/1. Telemundo was sixth in total viewers with 1.2 million; CW was seventh with 1 million.

For CW, “The Originals” at 8 had a 0.5/2 and 1.1 million viewers. “Jane” at 9 got a 0.4/1 and 931,000 viewers.