Ratings Watch: Walking Dead Finale Takes A Big Bite; March Madness Hoops It Up

Ratings Watch

The zombies still got it. The Season 5 finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead averaged 20.5 million viewers on March 29 (including three days of DVR and VOD usage). That made it the No. 1 show of the week – and was also up vs. last year’s Season 4 finale, which attracted 19.5 million viewers in the Live + 3 measurement.

Meanwhile, March Madness cracked the Top 5, as TBS’ March 28 presentation of the NCAA Kentucky vs. Notre Dame game (No. 1 seed Kentucky narrowly pulled off a 68-66 win) averaged 14.8 million viewers.

Otherwise, it was a pretty standard week in the Top 25: All three NCIS editions once again got in, while reality darlings The Voice, Survivor, Dancing with the Stars and American Idol still make the grade.

Just bubbling under, AMC’s post-Walking Dead chatfest Talking Dead was the No. 26 show of the week, averaging 8.8 million viewers (not bad for a low-budget couch show).

And AMC’s Better Call Saul is proving to be another big hit for the cable network, especially when DVR numbers are added in. The show’s March 23 episode averaged 5.4 million viewers in Live + 3, vs. 2.9 million in Live + Same Day.

In the world of awards shows, Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards 2015 attracted 4.4 million viewers, while NBC’s iHeartRadio Music Awards brought in 5.5 million.

Here’s the Top 25 total viewer ranker for the week ending March 29, 2015.

RANK

SHOW & NETWORK

LIVE+3
DAYS
DVR/VOD

WATCHED
LIVE/
SAME
DAY

1

The Walking DeadAMC

20.5

15.8

2

NCISCBS

19.2

16.2

3

NCIS: New OrleansCBS

16.9

14.4

4

Dancing with the StarsABC

15.2

13.8

5

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky vs. Notre DameTBS

14.8

14.7

6

The Voice (Monday)NBC
60 MinutesCBS

14.2
14.2

12.2
13.8

8

The Voice (Tuesday)NBC
Madam SecretaryCBS
Criminal MindsCBS

13.3
13.3
13.3

11.6
11.5
10.1

11

ScorpionCBS

12.9

9.7

12

Modern FamilyABC

12.5

8.7

13

The BlacklistNBC
NCIS: Los AngelesCBS

12.3
12.3

8.1
9.4

15

Person of InterestCBS

11.7

9.2

16

SurvivorCBS

11.3

9.6

17

ScandalABC
CastleABC

11.1
11.1

8.1
8

19

Grey’s AnatomyABC

10.9

8.2

20

CSI: CyberCBS

10.8

8.2

21

The Good WifeCBS

10.6

8.9

22

American Idol (Wednesday)Fox

9.9

8.5

23

Mike & MollyCBS

9.2

7.8

24

The MiddleABC

9

7.3

25

Chicago PDNBC

8.9

6.3

Total viewers; in millions