Big Ten Tournament Helps CBS Reclaim Lead on TV Network Ranking

CBS had a 7.57% viewership share across March 11-17, per Inscape.

Big Ten Tournament Helps CBS Reclaim Lead on TV Network Ranking

Each week, we highlight the most-watched shows and networks using insights from Inscape, the currency-grade smart TV ACR data provider and data technology division of Vizio. Data is linear, live TV only and includes all episode types (new and reruns). Rankings are by percent share duration (i.e., time spent watching). Here's a look at the top 25 networks by viewership share for March 11-17 — head over to TVREV to see the program ranking and get insights about the top shows by watch-time.

After a week at No. 2, CBS has reclaimed the throne with a 7.57% viewership share while ABC (6.67%) slips to second place on the ranking. The Big Ten men’s basketball tournament was a primary driver of CBS watch-time, followed by network stalwarts The Price Is Right, CBS Mornings and The Young and the Restless

A few more insights around the most-watched TV networks:

  • Although they retain chart positions, NBC and ESPN both saw more watch-time compared to the previous week: NBC increased from 6.19% to 6.56%, thanks in part to PGA Tour golf, Today and The Voice, while ESPN grew its share from 3.04% to 3.39%, aided by SportsCenter and the ACC and SEC men’s basketball tournaments. 
  • Nickelodeon moves up the ranking from No. 24 to No. 19, with top programming including Friends, SpongeBob SquarePants and Mom
  • Golf Channel was the only week-over-week ranking newcomer, propelled up the chart by PGA Tour’s The Players championship and its associated Live From The Players commentary program. 

Check out last week’s most-watched TV programming on TVREV.