Nielsen Ratings: Solid week for cable


NEW YORK -- Easter Sunday was a busy night for television, although not necessarily broadcast TV.

AMC's "The Walking Dead" was seen by 12.42 million people, while the conclusion of History's five-part miniseries "The Bible" reached 11.75 million viewers, the Nielsen company said. That means zombies were slightly more popular than biblical figures on Sunday.

Both finished among the week's 10 most popular television programs, along with one broadcast program from the night: CBS's "60 Minutes."

HBO's "Game of Thrones" returned Sunday for its third season and largest audience ever with 4.4 million, Nielsen said. Two days later, HBO announced it will be producing a fourth season.

After a long dry spell, "The Voice" returned to give NBC some life. Both episodes of the good-natured singing competition had bigger audiences than Fox's perennial champ, "American Idol," although it was close.

Still, the Thursday episode of "American Idol" slipped out of television's top ten for the week, finishing below even the two popular cable shows. And Fox, which has ridden the success of the show for more than a decade, finished fourth for the week in viewers, Nielsen said.

CBS led for the week in prime-time with an average of 9 million viewers. ABC had 7.1 million viewers, NBC had 5.4 million.

For the week of March 25-31, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships (in millions):

1. "NCIS" (CBS), 18.6.

2. "NCIS: Los Angeles" (CBS), 14.5.

3. "Dancing With the Stars" (ABC), 14.4.

4. "The Voice" (Monday) (NBC), 13.6.

5. "Dancing With the Stars Results" (ABC), 13.4.

6. "The Walking Dead" (AMC), 12.42.

7. "The Voice" (Tuesday) (NBC), 12.41.

8. "The Bible" (History), 11.7.

9. "American Idol" (Wednesday) (Fox), 12.3.

10. "60 Minutes" (CBS), 11.6.

Basketball tourney ratings up

NEW YORK -- The NCAA tournament's television ratings for the regional semifinals and finals are up 13 percent from last year.

The games Thursday through Sunday on CBS and TBS averaged a 7.0 rating, up from 6.2 last season.

CBS and Turner said the tournament is averaging a 6.2 overall this year, the best since 2005.

Ratings measure the percentage of American homes with televisions tuned into a program.

NBC's ‘Talent' moving to NYC

NEW YORK -- NBC's "America's Got Talent" is moving from New Jersey to New York City's Radio City Music Hall.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Wednesday.

The eighth season of the popular talent competition will air live from the landmark theater twice a week, starting July 23.

The show is relocating from the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

Cuomo says the move will create more than 500 jobs and generate $100 million each season. New York State recently extended its Film Production Tax Credit to attract television shows to the state.

Supermodel Heidi Klum was recently added to "America's Got Talent" as a judge.


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