Two St. Peter’s NCAA Games land in Nielsen’s Top 20 | Entertainment News

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Media Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Here’s a safe bet: Two men’s basketball games featuring St. Peter’s University landed among the top 20 prime-time television programs last week for the first time ever. .

The NCAA tournament darlings hit the big time with wins over Kentucky and Murray State, the Nielsen company said.

Fans are obviously intrigued by their story, as Jersey City‘s school’s second game against Murray State had more viewers than the game with Kentucky, one of the NCAA blue bloods.

CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes” has a winning streak that has now reached four consecutive weeks as the most popular program.

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The first round of the NCAA Men’s Tournament led CBS to a dominating victory in the ratings, as the network averaged 5.5 million prime-time viewers. ABC had 3.2 million, NBC had 3.1 million, Fox had 2 million, Univision had 1.5 million, Ion Television had 1 million, and Telemundo had 930,000.

Fox News Channel was the most popular cable network, averaging 2.54 million prime-time viewers. TBS had 1.79 million, TNT had 1.63 million, Tru TV had 1.12 million, and HGTV had 1.09 million.

ABC’s “World News Tonight” won the evening news ratings race with an average of 7.9 million viewers. The “NBC Nightly News” had 6.7 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 5.3 million.

For the week of March 14 to 20, the 20 most watched programs, their networks and audiences:

1. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 9.07 million.

2. “NCIS”, CBS, 7.55 million.

3. “The Equalizer”, CBS, 7.08 million.

4. “NCAA Basketball Pregame” (Saturday), CBS, 6.79 million.

5. NCAA Basketball Tournament: St. Peter’s vs. Murray St., CBS, 6.69 million.

6. “Chicago Fire”, NBC, 6.66 million.

7. “Chicago Med,” NBC, 6.35 million.

8. “The Neighborhood”, CBS, 5.8 million.

9. “Bob Hearts Abishola,” CBS, 5.71 million.

10. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 5.6 million.

11. NCAA Basketball Tournament: St. Peter’s vs. Kentucky, CBS, 5.46 million.

12. “American Idol,” ABC, 5.4 million.

13. “Chicago PD”, NBC, 5.33 million.

14. “NCIS: Hawaii,” CBS, 5.1 million.

15. “Survivor”, CBS, 5.06 million.

16. NCAA Basketball Tournament: Davidson vs. Michigan St., CBS, 4.96 million.

17. “The Bachelor”, ABC, 4.73 million.

18. “Law & Order: SVU,” NBC, 4.72 million.

19. “FBI”, CBS, 4.65 million.

20. “911: Lone Star,” Fox, 4.64 million.

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