Viewership for the second original episode of “Roseanne” since 1997 dropped 16.6 percent from the first to 15.397 million viewers, but was still last week’s most-watched prime-time television program.
CBS won six of seven nights between April 2 and Sunday and had five of the week’s eight programs to average more than 10 million viewers to be the most-watched network for the fifth consecutive week and 12th time in the 28-week-old prime-time television season, according to live-plus-same-day figures released by Nielsen Tuesday.
CBS averaged 7.27 million viewers for its prime-time programming, with “The Big Bang Theory” its most-watched program, averaging 13.001 million viewers to finish third overall behind “Roseanne” and the NCAA men’s basketball final.
With the two episodes of “The Voice” finishing eighth and ninth for the week, NBC edged ABC to finis second, averaging 4.82 million viewers.
ABC was third, averaging 4.81 million viewers. However, it was first among viewers ages 18 to 49 for the second consecutive week and the fourth time in six weeks.
CBS, ABC and NBC all aired 22 hours of prime-time programming.
Fox finished fourth among the major broadcast networks for the 11th consecutive week, averaging 2.32 million viewers for its 15 hours of prime-time programming. Its most-watched program was the hip-hop drama “Empire” which averaged 5.576 million viewers, 32nd overall.
The week’s only premiere on the four major broadcast networks, the ABC science fiction thriller “The Crossing,” was second in its 10-11 p.m. time slot April 2 behind the NCAA men’s basketball final and 34th for the week, averaging 5.399 million viewers. It retained 75.4 percent of the 7.159-million audience for “American Idol” that preceded it.
The second final of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament to air on cable drew the game’s smallest audience among available records, which date back to 1975, with TBS’ coverage of Villanova’s 79-62 victory over Michigan averaging 13.334 million viewers. Viewership for the “TeamCasts” with team-specific coverage on TNT and truTV were not immediately available.
The previous low was the first time the game aired on TBS, Villanova’s 77-74 victory over North Carolina in 2016 which averaged 13.85 million viewers.
NCAA tournament coverage made TBS the most-watched cable network for the third consecutive week, averaging 2.447 million viewers.
Fox News Channel averaged 2.014 million viewers to finish second for the third consecutive week after finishing first for four consecutive weeks. MSNBC averaged 1.671 million viewers to finish third for the third consecutive week after four consecutive second-place finishes and nine in the previous 10 weeks.
The most-watched Spanish-language prime-time program was the Univision talent show “Pequenos Gigantes USA,” 71st among the week’s broadcast programs, averaging 2.253 million viewers. Its overall position was not available.
Univision was the most-watched Spanish-language network for the 22nd consecutive week, averaging 1.57 million viewers. Telemundo averaged 1.09 million viewers to finish second for the 22nd consecutive week after four consecutive first-place finishes. UniMas was third, averaging 680,000 viewers, followed by Estrella TV, which averaged 290,000 and Azteca America, which averaged 70,000.
ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” was the most-watched network nightly newscast for the 19th consecutive week and 30th of past 31, averaging 8.271 million viewers.
The “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” was second, averaging 7.786 million viewers.
The “CBS Evening News” averaged 6.173 million viewers. It has finished third each week since the week of Sept. 25-29, 2006.
The week’s 10 most-watched prime-time programs were ABC’s “Roseanne”; TBS’ coverage of the NCAA men’s basketball final; CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory,” “NCIS,” “Young Sheldon,” “Bull” and “60 Minutes”; the Monday and Tuesday episodes of NBC’s “The Voice”; and CBS’ “Blue Bloods.”