Ratings: NCAA Final Surges vs. 2014, The Following Slips, Night Shift Rises

NCAA Championship Ratings

CBS’ coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship game averaged 22.6 million total viewers and a 7.2 rating from 9 to 11 pm, rising 27 and 20 percent from last year’s numbers.

Elsewhere on the night….

ABC | Dancing With the Stars (13.5 mil/2.0) dipped a tenth.

FOX | The Following (2.9 mil/0.9) slipped 10 percent and two tenths to series lows.

THE CW | The Originals (1.1 mil/0.5) held steady, while Jane the Virgin (930K/0.4) dipped a tenth.

NBC | The Voice (10.7 mil/2.9) dipped 10 percent, yet The Night Shift (5.7 mil/1.4) rose 13 percent and two tenths.

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14 Comments
  1. Mr. Tran K says:

    The Following continues to “jump the shark” since the very first season.

  2. Mrs. Tran says:

    Clearly there is no fan follow for the Following. SEEEEEEEEEYA

  3. wrstlgirl says:

    Yay for The Night Shift!!!

  4. Coach Taylor says:

    I just don’t think ratings are appropriate anymore to a degree. So many people DVR them or watch later online, cannot get a good read for what people are doing the night of a show.

  5. BeaAnn44 says:

    Personally, I think The Following is getting better this season. It seems most people have already bailed, but I’m enjoying it. Maybe not for long, though, if ratings don’t improve.

    • thisismenow says:

      At this point, it would probably cost Fox more to can the episodes then to air the final episodes and attempt to recoup their loss. You’ll see the final episodes but I would be shocked if it came back for another season.

  6. Bartimeus says:

    I really hope next season JtV has a better time slot and starts pulling in significantly more viewers. It’s too good to be so underviewed.

  7. Bwhit says:

    So happy about the Night Shift, I worried because of basketball but it rose! I really hope NBC does not give up on it.

    • HeatherC says:

      Me too! I love that show and want to see it keep airing. It’s a lot of fun and has a lot of heart too. SO happy that their ratings rose last night! =D

  8. Carla Krae says:

    Night Shift season 2 has been great! Love this show.

  9. kmw says:

    Very strange that Night Shift went up even though Voice was down. Not surprising that everything just about went down with basketball, still The Following is done

  10. Jonathon says:

    The following is a really great show. A shame that not enough people would agree based on ratings but truly people are missing out fr whatever reason

  11. Boiler says:

    Perhaps Jane was hurt by basketball but someone try and logically convince me this show should stay while HoD likely gone. Makes no sense.