Fast National ratings for Thursday, March 27, 2014.
While still coming in far below the normal standards set by CBS' Thursday lineup, NCAA Sweet 16 coverage at least helped CBS win the night in all measures, though with live events it's hard to tell which of two games was a big draw, etc.
It was yet another lackluster week for "American Idol," which dropped in viewers and was flat in the key demo, making it now nearly even with "Hell's Kitchen." "Idol" was a good enough lead-in to help "Surviving Jack" get FOX's biggest overall comedy audience since the Super Bowl, though the Chris Meloni show's demo numbers were on par with the network's normal Tuesday sitcom sluggishness.
ABC's entire lineup was up in the key demo, including "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland," though the low ratings for that soon-to-end drama were the reason ABC didn't win the night. "Parenthood" also got a small bump with two hours of "Hollywood Game Night" outdrawing the network's usual comedies.
Meanwhile, The CW's "The Vampire Diaries" was significantly down from last week and only barely topped "Reign." I don't have an explanation for that, but it's a 36 percent drop and a new series low.
On to the numbers...