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Primetime Broadcast Ratings: NCAA Basketball, ‘The Young and the Restless’ Special and More

Find out how the primetime broadcast shows performed during the week of March 27-April 2, 2023, including the #YR primetime special.

By Errol Lewis
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Courtesy of CBS
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THE NUMBERS

During the week of March 27-April 2, 2023, CBS led the charts courtesy of the NCAA Final Four Basketball Game (12.854 million), an episode of “Young Sheldon” (7.128 million) and “60 Minutes” (6.985 million) all placing in the top five. NBC followed with “Chicago Fire” (6.844 million), “Chicago Med” (6.569 million) and “The Voice” (6.322 million). Rounding out the top ten were CBS’ “Ghosts” (6.307 million), the “CMT Music Awards” (5.639 million) and “Survivor” (5.247 million).

On Monday, March 27, CBS aired a primetime special dedicated to the 50th anniversary of “The Young and the Restless,” which averaged 2.836 million viewers to rank 40th for the week out of 112 primetime programs aired on broadcast television last week.

The special tied for 32nd place in Adults 18-49 (0.3 rating; 346,000 viewers), Women 18-34 (0.1 rating; 66,000 viewers) and Women 25-54 (0.6 rating; 348,000 viewers). In Adults 25-54 (0.5 rating; 554,000 viewers), the special tied for 31st place. In Women 18-49 (0.3 rating; 199,000 viewers), the special tied for 40th place. Similarly, the show tied for 35th place in Men 18-49 (0.2 rating; 148,000 viewers). In households, the special tied for 38th place with a 1.8 rating.

What follows is a look at how the primetime broadcast shows performed during the week of March 27-April 2, 2023 in Total Viewers, Households, Adults 18-49 (including Adults 18-49 Viewers) and Adults 25-54 (including Adults 25-54 Viewers), the two key sales demos used to set primetime television ad rates.

Note: Viewership is in the millions unless otherwise noted.

Households/Total Viewers (Sorted by Viewers)

RankShowP/R/SNetDayViewers
(000)
HH
RTG
1BSKT TR FINAL 4CBSSat128546.4
2NCAA BSKBL BRIDGECBSSat122496.1
3YOUNG SHELDONCBSThu71284.2
460 MINUTESCBSSun69854.2
5CHICAGO FIRE NBCWed68444.2
6CHICAGO MED NBCWed65694.1
7VOICE NBCMon63223.7
8GHOSTSCBSThu63073.7
9CMT MUSIC AWARDSCBSSun56393.2
10SURVIVORCBSWed52472.9
11VOICE-TUE NBCTue52123.1
12CHICAGO PD NBCWed52033.2
13BLUE BLOODSCBSFri51563.1
14FIRE COUNTRYCBSFri51363.0
15AMERICAN IDOL-SUNABCSun50572.9
16AMER FUNN HOME VIDEOSABCSun49472.7
17S.W.A.T.CBSFri47132.9
18ROOKIEABCTue44712.7
19LAW & ORDER:SVU NBCThu42922.6
20SO HELP ME TODDCBSThu42852.6
21LAW & ORDER NBCThu42242.6
22FBI-ENCRCBSTue41182.5
23MASKED SINGER, THEFOXWed39102.4
24911: LONE STARFOXTue38952.4
25STATION 19ABCThu37642.4
26GREY’S ANATOMYABCThu36962.4
27MAGNUM P.I. – NBC NBCSun35892.1
28WILL TRENTABCTue35832.3
29BACHELORABCMon34042.1
30NIGHT COURT NBCTue33842.0
31SHARK TANKABCFri32952.0
32CSI: VEGASCBSThu32622.0
33FBI: INTERNATIONAL-ENCRCBSTue32102.0
34NCIS-ENCORERCBSMon31821.9
35NCIS: HAWAI’I-ENCRCBSMon31441.9
36FBI: MOST WANTED-ENCRCBSTue30792.0
37ABC MOVIE SPECIALRABCSat30621.9
38ROOKIE, THE: FEDSABCTue28831.8
39LAW & ORDER:ORGANIZED CRIME NBCThu28781.8
40YOUNG & RESTLESS 50 ANNIVCBSMon28361.8
41ALASKA DAILYABCThu27511.8
42THATS MY JAM NBCTue26931.7
4320/20-FRIABCFri26821.7
44DATELINE CLASSIC-SUNRNBCSun26721.8
45TRUE LIESCBSWed25961.6
46WWE SMACKDOWN LIVEFOXFri23731.4
47CONNERSRABCWed22721.5
48QUANTUM LEAP NBCMon22521.4
49CBS WEDNESDAY ENCORERCBSWed22261.4
50COMPANY YOU KEEP, THEABCSun21821.3
51FARMER WANTS A WIFE (2023)FOXWed20841.3
52BLACKLIST NBCSun20601.3
53DATELINE-FRI NBCFri20391.3
54CONNERS SPRABCWed19601.3
55AMERICAN AUTO NBCTue19101.2
56IHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDSFOXMon18941.1
57ACCUSEDFOXTue18531.1
58MILLION LITTLE THINGSABCWed18341.2
59LOPEZ VS LOPEZ NBCFri18141.1
60NEXT LEVEL CHEFFOXThu17981.1
61ABBOTT ELEMENTARYRABCWed17701.2
62NOT DEAD YETRABCWed14911.0
63SNL PRIME-SATRNBCSat14821.0
64NCIS SUN 10PRIONSun13830.9
65NCIS SUN 7PRIONSun13530.9
66NCIS SUN 8PRIONSun13340.9
67WALL-SATRNBCSat12520.8
68WEAKEST LINK-SATRNBCSat11990.8
69ANIMAL CONTROLFOXThu11910.7
NCIS SUN 9PRIONSun11910.8
71CHICAGO FIRE TUE 8PRIONTue11550.7
72FBI MON 8PRIONMon10910.7
73CALL ME KATFOXThu10900.7
74GRAND CREW NBCFri10660.7
75FBI MON 10PRIONMon10620.7
76FBI MON 9PRIONMon10440.7
77CHICAGO FIRE TUE 9PRIONTue10340.7
78CHICAGO PD THU 8PRIONThu9550.6
79BLUE BLOODS PRIMETIMERIONWed9460.6
80CHICAGO FIRE TUE 10PRIONTue9440.7
81LAW & ORDER:SVU-SAT-PRIMERIONSat9270.6
82BLUE BLOODS PRIMETIMERIONWed9210.6
83CHICAGO PD THU 9PRIONThu9150.5
84HAWAII FIVE-0 FRI 8PRIONFri9020.6
85HAWAII FIVE-0 FRI 9PRIONFri8680.6
86CHICAGO PD THU 10PRIONThu8500.5
87LAW & ORDER:SVU-SAT-PRIMERIONSat8380.6
88LAW & ORDER:SVU-SAT-PRIMERIONSat8340.6
89BLUE BLOODS PRIMETIMERIONWed8070.5
90HAWAII FIVE-0 FRI 10PRIONFri7970.5
91SUPERMAN & LOISCWTue6420.4
92BOB’S BURGERS ENCORERFOXSun5990.4
SIMPSONS ENCORERFOXSun5990.4
94ICE AGE MAMTH SPLS-PRRFOXSun5980.4
95WALKERCWThu5960.4
96NEXT LEVEL CHEF SUN 7PRFOXSun5890.4
97PENN & TELLER:FOOL USCWFri5620.4
98HOUSEBROKENFOXSun5510.4
99GOTHAM KNIGHTSCWTue4830.3
100ALL AMERICANCWMon4810.3
101WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAYCWFri4760.3
102FLASHCWWed4460.3
103WORLDS FUNNIEST ANIMALS-SPRCWSat4440.3
104PENN & TELLER-SUNRPCWSun3900.2
105ALL AMERICAN: HOMECOMINGCWMon3620.2
106GREAT AMERICAN JOKE OFFPCWFri3460.2
107WHOSE LINE-FRI 8PRCWSun2910.2
108SUPERMAN & LOISRCWThu2850.2
109RIVERDALEPCWWed2570.2
110MASTERS OF ILLUSION-ENCRCWSat2560.2
111MASTERS OF ILLUSIONRCWSat2520.2
112GREAT AMERICAN JOKE OFF-1RPCWSun2200.1
Source: Nielsen (Live+SD)

Adults 18-49 Rating/Viewers (sorted by Rating)

RankShowP/R/S/NetDayA18-49
Rating
A18-49
Viewers (000)
1BSKT TR FINAL 4CBSSat3.14025
2NCAA BSKBL BRIDGECBSSat2.93732
3SURVIVORCBSWed0.8991
4CMT MUSIC AWARDSCBSSun0.7912
AMER FUNN HOME VIDEOSABCSun0.7852
WWE SMACKDOWN LIVEFOXFri0.7866
7CHICAGO FIRE NBCWed0.6762
— CHICAGO PD NBCWed0.6725
— VOICE NBCMon0.6782
GHOSTSCBSThu0.6724
YOUNG SHELDONCBSThu0.6756
AMERICAN IDOL-SUNABCSun0.6843
BACHELORABCMon0.6825
MASKED SINGER, THEFOXWed0.6843
15CHICAGO MED NBCWed0.5696
— LAW & ORDER:SVU NBCThu0.5673
— THATS MY JAM NBCTue0.5601
— VOICE-TUE NBCTue0.5648
GREY’S ANATOMYABCThu0.5623
ROOKIEABCTue0.5640
STATION 19ABCThu0.5592
911: LONE STARFOXTue0.5628
23LAW & ORDER NBCThu0.4528
— LAW & ORDER:ORGANIZED CRIME NBCThu0.4533
— NIGHT COURT NBCTue0.4498
60 MINUTESCBSSun0.4551
FBI-ENCRCBSTue0.4458
FIRE COUNTRYCBSFri0.4496
S.W.A.T.CBSFri0.4482
SHARK TANKABCFri0.4581
NEXT LEVEL CHEFFOXThu0.4473
32DATELINE CLASSIC-SUNRNBCSun0.3358
— DATELINE-FRI NBCFri0.3337
 —MAGNUM P.I. – NBC NBCSun0.3360
— QUANTUM LEAP NBCMon0.3380
BLUE BLOODSCBSFri0.3399
CSI: VEGASCBSThu0.3372
FBI: INTERNATIONAL-ENCRCBSTue0.3375
SO HELP ME TODDCBSThu0.3408
YOUNG & RESTLESS 50 ANNIVCBSMon0.3346
20/20-FRIABCFri0.3434
ABBOTT ELEMENTARYRABCWed0.3349
ABC MOVIE SPECIALRABCSat0.3352
CONNERSRABCWed0.3384
CONNERS SPRABCWed0.3348
ROOKIE, THE: FEDSABCTue0.3418
WILL TRENTABCTue0.3383
ANIMAL CONTROLFOXThu0.3344
FARMER WANTS A WIFE (2023)FOXWed0.3330
IHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDSFOXMon0.3450
51AMERICAN AUTO NBCTue0.2312
— BLACKLIST NBCSun0.2252
— GRAND CREW NBCFri0.2198
 —LOPEZ VS LOPEZ NBCFri0.2267
— SNL PRIME-SATRNBCSat0.2241
CBS WEDNESDAY ENCORERCBSWed0.2283
FBI: MOST WANTED-ENCRCBSTue0.2317
NCIS-ENCORERCBSMon0.2255
NCIS: HAWAI’I-ENCRCBSMon0.2322
TRUE LIESCBSWed0.2271
ALASKA DAILYABCThu0.2251
COMPANY YOU KEEP, THEABCSun0.2315
MILLION LITTLE THINGSABCWed0.2268
NOT DEAD YETRABCWed0.2305
ACCUSEDFOXTue0.2310
BOB’S BURGERS ENCORERFOXSun0.2200
CALL ME KATFOXThu0.2264
CHICAGO FIRE TUE 8PRIONTue0.2197
NCIS SUN 10PRIONSun0.2204
70WALL-SATRNBCSat0.1124
— WEAKEST LINK-SATRNBCSat0.1162
HOUSEBROKENFOXSun0.1156
ICE AGE MAMTH SPLS-PRRFOXSun0.1190
NEXT LEVEL CHEF SUN 7PRFOXSun0.1146
SIMPSONS ENCORERFOXSun0.1179
ALL AMERICANCWMon0.1164
ALL AMERICAN: HOMECOMINGCWMon0.1140
FLASHCWWed0.181
GOTHAM KNIGHTSCWTue0.1109
GREAT AMERICAN JOKE OFFPCWFri0.168
GREAT AMERICAN JOKE OFF-1RPCWSun0.171
PENN & TELLER-SUNRPCWSun0.1110
PENN & TELLER:FOOL USCWFri0.192
RIVERDALEPCWWed0.174
SUPERMAN & LOISCWTue0.1125
SUPERMAN & LOISRCWThu0.186
WALKERCWThu0.1116
WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAYCWFri0.199
WHOSE LINE-FRI 8PRCWSun0.1100
BLUE BLOODS PRIMETIMERIONWed0.1144
BLUE BLOODS PRIMETIMERIONWed0.1119
BLUE BLOODS PRIMETIMERIONWed0.198
CHICAGO FIRE TUE 10PRIONTue0.1159
CHICAGO FIRE TUE 9PRIONTue0.1171
CHICAGO PD THU 10PRIONThu0.1139
CHICAGO PD THU 8PRIONThu0.1165
CHICAGO PD THU 9PRIONThu0.1146
FBI MON 10PRIONMon0.1128
FBI MON 8PRIONMon0.1132
FBI MON 9PRIONMon0.1143
HAWAII FIVE-0 FRI 10PRIONFri0.1125
HAWAII FIVE-0 FRI 8PRIONFri0.1121
HAWAII FIVE-0 FRI 9PRIONFri0.1111
LAW & ORDER:SVU-SAT-PRIMERIONSat0.1104
LAW & ORDER:SVU-SAT-PRIMERIONSat0.1134
LAW & ORDER:SVU-SAT-PRIMERIONSat0.1145
NCIS SUN 7PRIONSun0.1194
NCIS SUN 8PRIONSun0.1178
NCIS SUN 9PRIONSun0.1166
110MASTERS OF ILLUSIONRCWSat0.049
MASTERS OF ILLUSION-ENCRCWSat0.041
WORLDS FUNNIEST ANIMALS-SPRCWSat0.049
Source: Nielsen (Live+SD)

Adults 25-54 Rating/Viewers (sorted by Rating)

RankShowP/R/S/NetDayA25-54
RTG
A25-54
Viewers (000)
1BSKT TR FINAL 4CBSSat3.74474
2NCAA BSKBL BRIDGECBSSat3.44172
3SURVIVORCBSWed1.11347
4CMT MUSIC AWARDSCBSSun1.01259
YOUNG SHELDONCBSThu1.01180
AMER FUNN HOME VIDEOSABCSun1.01155
AMERICAN IDOL-SUNABCSun1.01238
8CHICAGO FIRE NBCWed0.91125
— CHICAGO MED NBCWed0.91052
— CHICAGO PD NBCWed0.91073
— VOICE NBCMon0.91114
GHOSTSCBSThu0.91113
MASKED SINGER, THEFOXWed0.91108
WWE SMACKDOWN LIVEFOXFri0.91061
15LAW & ORDER:SVU NBCThu0.8930
 —VOICE-TUE NBCTue0.8961
BACHELORABCMon0.8994
911: LONE STARFOXTue0.8912
19LAW & ORDER NBCThu0.7806
— THATS MY JAM NBCTue0.7794
60 MINUTESCBSSun0.7838
S.W.A.T.CBSFri0.7793
GREY’S ANATOMYABCThu0.7896
ROOKIEABCTue0.7900
STATION 19ABCThu0.7890
26LAW & ORDER:ORGANIZED CRIME NBCThu0.6700
— NIGHT COURT NBCTue0.6741
BLUE BLOODSCBSFri0.6695
FIRE COUNTRYCBSFri0.6775
SHARK TANKABCFri0.6745
31CSI: VEGASCBSThu0.5606
FBI-ENCRCBSTue0.5662
FBI: INTERNATIONAL-ENCRCBSTue0.5569
SO HELP ME TODDCBSThu0.5643
YOUNG & RESTLESS 50 ANNIVCBSMon0.5554
20/20-FRIABCFri0.5640
CONNERSRABCWed0.5569
ROOKIE, THE: FEDSABCTue0.5625
WILL TRENTABCTue0.5629
IHEARTRADIO MUSIC AWARDSFOXMon0.5634
NEXT LEVEL CHEFFOXThu0.5605
42AMERICAN AUTO NBCTue0.4441
— DATELINE CLASSIC-SUNRNBCSun0.4483
— DATELINE-FRI NBCFri0.4481
— LOPEZ VS LOPEZ NBCFri0.4431
— MAGNUM P.I. – NBC NBCSun0.4530
— QUANTUM LEAP NBCMon0.4512
FBI: MOST WANTED-ENCRCBSTue0.4484
NCIS: HAWAI’I-ENCRCBSMon0.4477
TRUE LIESCBSWed0.4426
ABBOTT ELEMENTARYRABCWed0.4525
ABC MOVIE SPECIALRABCSat0.4525
ALASKA DAILYABCThu0.4439
COMPANY YOU KEEP, THEABCSun0.4478
CONNERS SPRABCWed0.4522
NOT DEAD YETRABCWed0.4438
ACCUSEDFOXTue0.4478
ANIMAL CONTROLFOXThu0.4467
FARMER WANTS A WIFE (2023)FOXWed0.4476
60BLACKLIST NBCSun0.3348
— SNL PRIME-SATRNBCSat0.3381
CBS WEDNESDAY ENCORERCBSWed0.3372
NCIS-ENCORERCBSMon0.3421
MILLION LITTLE THINGSABCWed0.3414
CALL ME KATFOXThu0.3382
66GRAND CREW NBCFri0.2295
— WALL-SATRNBCSat0.2242
— WEAKEST LINK-SATRNBCSat0.2263
BOB’S BURGERS ENCORERFOXSun0.2259
HOUSEBROKENFOXSun0.2206
ICE AGE MAMTH SPLS-PRRFOXSun0.2236
NEXT LEVEL CHEF SUN 7PRFOXSun0.2204
SIMPSONS ENCORERFOXSun0.2247
ALL AMERICANCWMon0.2200
CHICAGO FIRE TUE 10PRIONTue0.2228
CHICAGO FIRE TUE 8PRIONTue0.2263
CHICAGO FIRE TUE 9PRIONTue0.2238
CHICAGO PD THU 10PRIONThu0.2229
CHICAGO PD THU 8PRIONThu0.2245
CHICAGO PD THU 9PRIONThu0.2242
FBI MON 10PRIONMon0.2210
FBI MON 8PRIONMon0.2204
FBI MON 9PRIONMon0.2224
HAWAII FIVE-0 FRI 10PRIONFri0.2186
LAW & ORDER:SVU-SAT-PRIMERIONSat0.2204
LAW & ORDER:SVU-SAT-PRIMERIONSat0.2192
NCIS SUN 10PRIONSun0.2259
NCIS SUN 7PRIONSun0.2276
NCIS SUN 8PRIONSun0.2241
NCIS SUN 9PRIONSun0.2209
91ALL AMERICAN: HOMECOMINGCWMon0.1162
FLASHCWWed0.1147
GOTHAM KNIGHTSCWTue0.1156
GREAT AMERICAN JOKE OFFPCWFri0.186
GREAT AMERICAN JOKE OFF-1RPCWSun0.169
MASTERS OF ILLUSIONRCWSat0.164
MASTERS OF ILLUSION-ENCRCWSat0.161
PENN & TELLER-SUNRPCWSun0.1118
PENN & TELLER:FOOL USCWFri0.1133
RIVERDALEPCWWed0.191
SUPERMAN & LOISCWTue0.1180
SUPERMAN & LOISRCWThu0.178
WALKERCWThu0.1145
WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAYCWFri0.1122
WHOSE LINE-FRI 8PRCWSun0.198
WORLDS FUNNIEST ANIMALS-SPRCWSat0.187
BLUE BLOODS PRIMETIMERIONWed0.1178
BLUE BLOODS PRIMETIMERIONWed0.1162
BLUE BLOODS PRIMETIMERIONWed0.1152
HAWAII FIVE-0 FRI 8PRIONFri0.1171
HAWAII FIVE-0 FRI 9PRIONFri0.1173
LAW & ORDER:SVU-SAT-PRIMERIONSat0.1167
Source: Nielsen (Live+SD)

Note: The numbers above are calculated using Live+Same Day viewing and DVR playback, defined as 3:00 a.m.-3:00 a.m, and are courtesy of Nielsen. Household ratings are the percentage of TV homes in the U.S. tuned into television.

R=Repeat
S=Special
P=Premiere