Ratings: The Voice Goes Low as NCAA Championship Draws Almost 20 Million

NCAA Championship Virginia Tech

Regular Monday leader The Voice took a hit opposite CBS’ coverage of the NCAA men’s basketball championship game.

Virginia’s OT win over Texas Tech averaged 19.6 million total viewers (per finals), down 15 percent from the last time CBS hosted the title game (North Carolina vs. Gonzaga in 2017). Compared to TBS’ year-ago coverage of Villanova vs. Michigan, however, the audience was markedly bigger.

The Top 5 markets for the championship game were Richmond, Norfolk, Minneapolis, Louisville and Kansas City. Overall, this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament coverage across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV was up 11 percent from last year.


NBC | The Voice (7.6 mil/1.2, read recap) slipped 11 and 20 percent to season lows; The Enemy Within (4.1 mil/0.6) in turn also delivered its lowest numbers to date.

ABC | American Idol (6.5 mil/1.1, read recap) held steady week-to-week, as did The Fix (3.2 mil/0.5). Both shows also added a handful of viewers.

THE CW | Legends of Tomorrow (950K/0.3) ticked up from its midseason return.

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