CBS's coverage of Kentucky's victory over Kansas in the NCAA basketball championship was watched by more than 20 million viewers, making it the highest-rated show of the week. and giving the network a slam-dunk victory both in total adults and viewers 18-49 for the week. Once again Fox's American Idol and ABC's Dancing with the Stars waged a tight battle, with Fox drawing 17.09 million for Idol and ABC, 16.87 million for Dancing with the Stars. Meanwhile, NBC's ratings for its Thursday line-up fell to a record low for a night with all-new episodes, with only one show, Community , able to attract more than 3 million viewers. The Associated Press checked back to the same night ten years ago, when NBC's Must-See-TV lineup averaged around 25 million, with 28.5 million tuning in for E.R. and 22.6 million for Friends . Ratings for the nightly newscasts were down for both NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams , which drew 7.93 million viewers and ABC World News with Diane Sawyer , which attracted 6.83 million. But the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley held its own and, with 5.84 million viewers, moved to within less than a million viewers away from Sawyer's telecast. For the week, CBS led overall with an average 6.4 household rating and an 11 share. ABC placed second with a 5.0/9. Fox placed third with a 4.0/7, while NBC trailed with a 3.2/5
The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research 1. NCAA Basketball Championship, CBS, 12.3/19; 2. Dancing with the Stars (Monday), ABC, 10.9/17; 3. American Idol (Wednesday), Fox, 10.2/17; 4. Dancing with the Stars (Tuesday), ABC, 10.1/15; 5. American Idol (Thursday), Fox, 8.8/15; 6. Person of Interest, CBS, 8.3/14; 7. The Big Bang Theory , CBS, 8.0/14; 8. The Mentalist , CBS, 7.8/13; 9. Castle , ABC, 7.7/12; 9. CSI Crime Scene Investigation, CBS, 7.7/13.