Fast National ratings for Saturday, March 18, 2006.
Facing the typical Saturday night dregs as competition, CBS' coverage of the second round coverage of the NCAA tournament proved an unstoppable force.
CBS also won among adults 18-49, doing a 3.2 rating in the all-important demographic. FOX was second with a solid 2.6 rating. Third place went to ABC with a 2.0 rating, still enough to beat the 1.6 rating for NBC.
At 8 p.m., CBS started the evening off right with a 6.1/11 for NCAA basketball. FOX's two episodes of "COPS" averaged a 4.4/8 between them. ABC's first hour of the film "The Sixth Sense" was third, bettering the 2.9/6 for NBC's "WWE Saturday Main Event."
A second hour of three-pointers, dunks and high-scoring student-athletes kept CBS at a 5.9/10 for the 9 p.m. hour. FOX's "America's Most Wanted" was second with a 4.8/8. ABC's movie was up to a 3.9/7 in its third hour, holding off NBC's improving wrestling.
CBS shifted gears at 10 p.m. with "48 Hours," which did a 6.0/11 (probably impacted by the end of basketball in different time zones). With a 4.2/8, lots of viewers tuned in to ABC to discover that Bruce Willis was a ghost all along. Many fewer viewers watched a repeat of "Conviction" on NBC.