TV ratings: 'Surviving Jack' premiere soft; CBS wins with Sweet 16 NCAA games

surviving-jack-premiere-ratings-march-27.jpg Fast National ratings for Thursday, March 27, 2014

The NCAA tournament on CBS saw a rise from the round of 64 games, earning an average of nearly 4 million more viewers than last week, though ABC's "Scandal" was still the top show of the night by a slim margin in total viewers and a wider margin in the adults 18-49 demo.

Elsewhere, "Surviving Jack" did not have an overly strong premiere on FOX, losing 2.8 million viewers from its "American Idol" lead-in. On NBC, despite two hours of reruns preceding it, "Parenthood" posted its best numbers since early October.

The Sweet 16 games on CBS earned the Eye a win in total viewers, averaging 7.8 million and a 5.0 rating/8 share in households. ABC was second with 6.8 million and a 4.6/8, followed by FOX (5.9 million, 3.6/6), NBC (4.3 million, 2.8/5) and The CW (1.6 million, 1.1, 2).

In the adults 18-49 demographic, the order was the same: CBS was tops with 2.5, followed by ABC (2.2), FOX (1.7), NBC (1.2) and The CW (0.7).

Thursday hour by hour:

8 p.m.

CBS: NCAA basketball (7.6 million, 4.8/8)

FOX: "Hell's Kitchen" (5.2 million viewers, 3.2/5 households)
NBC: "Hollywood Game Night" rerun (4.6 million, 3.1/5)
ABC: "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" (3.3 million, 2.3/4)
The CW: "The Vampire Diaries" (1.7 million, 1.3/2)

18-49 leader: NCAA basketball (2.3)

9 p.m.

CBS: NCAA basketball (8.5 million, 5.4/9)

ABC: "Grey's Anatomy" (8.1 million, 5.6/9)
FOX: "American Idol" (7.9 million, 4.9/8)/ "Surviving Jack" premiere (5.1 million, 3.3/5)
NBC:
"Hollywood Game Night" rerun (3.7 million, 2.4/4)
The CW: "Reign" (1.5 million, 1.0/2)

18-49 leader: NCAA basketball (2.7)

10 p.m.

ABC:
"Scandal" (8.8 million, 6.0/10)

CBS: NCAA basketball (7.2 million, 4.6/8)
NBC: "Parenthood" (4.4 million, 3.0/5)

18-49 leader: "Scandal" (3.1)

Ratings information includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are preliminary and subject to change. Source: The Nielsen Company.

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