Fast National ratings for Thursday, March 20, 2014.

Second Round coverage from the NCAA Tournament got off to a slow start for CBS, allowing "Scandal"-driven ABC to win the night among young viewers, while "American Idol" helped FOX eke out an overall win.

For "Scandal" it was a good week, as a big cliffhanger and the lack of "Elementary" competition led to a small bump. The news was less good for "American Idol," which fell below a 2.0 rating in the key demo.

Without CBS' in the mix, both "Community" and "Parks and Recreation" made rare visits above the 3 million viewer mark, while "Parenthood" rose above 4 million.

On to the numbers...

Among adults 18-49, ABC averaged a 2.0 rating for Thursday night, edging out FOX's 1.8 rating in the key demographic. CBS and NBC tied for a distant third with a 1.1 key demo rating, ahead of the 0.9 key demo rating for The CW.

Overall, FOX averaged an estimated 6.83 million viewers for Thursday primetime along with a 4.2 rating/7 share, nipping ABC's 6.8 million viewers, which came with a 4.7/8. CBS was third for the night with a 2.5/4 and 3.75 million viewers, followed by NBC's 2.2/4 and 3.47 million. The CW averaged 1.935 million viewers and a 1.2/2 for the night.

8 p.m. - "Hell's Kitchen" actually won the 8 p.m. hour for FOX with 5.3 million viewers and a 1.7 rating among adults 18-49, ahead of the 4.43 million viewers and 1.2 key demo rating for CBS' NCAA Tournament coverage. ABC's "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" was third with 3.5 million viewers and fifth with a 0.8 key demo rating. NBC was fourth overall and third in the key demo with "Community" (3.46 million viewers and a 1.1 key demo) and "Parks and Recreation" (3.09 million and a 1.2 key demo rating). The CW's "The Vampire Diaries" was fifth with 2.235 million viewers and fourth with a 1.1 key demo rating

9 p.m. - "American Idol" won the 9 p.m. hour overall for FOX with 8.365 million viewers, but finished second with a 1.9 rating among adults 18-49, compared to the 7.97 million viewers and 2.4 key demo rating for ABC's "Grey's Anatomy." CBS' basketball coverage slipped to 3.22 million viewers and a 1.0 key demo rating, only barely topping the 2.95 million viewers and 0.9 key demo rating for NBC's repeat of "Hollywood Game Night." The CW's "Reign" averaged 1.635 million viewers and a 0.7 key demo rating.

10 p.m. - "Scandal" rose to 8.92 million viewers and a 2.9 rating among adults 18-49, leading ABC to 10 p.m. wins in both measures. NBC's "Parenthood" averaged 4.18 million viewers for second and tied for second with a 1.2 key demo rating. CBS' basketball also did a 1.2 key demo rating and averaged 3.61 million viewers.

All ratings information comes from preliminary Fast National Nielsen data, which includes live and same-day DVR viewing. All numbers are subject to change, particularly in the case of live events.

A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.