With help from overrun of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament between Wichita St. and Kansas, CBS led all broadcasters on Sunday with an overall 1.5 rating/5 share with adults 18-49, according to Nielsen overnight numbers.
CBS’ lineup, which was delayed by 35 minutes in the Eastern and Central time zones, benefited from the strong lead in. 60 Minutes rose 27% from last week to a 1.9, while Madam Secretary improved 8% to a 1.2. The Good Wife was steady with a 1.0 and Battle Creek dipped a tenth to a 0.8.
Despite a repeat lead in, Fox’s new comedy The Last Man on Earth rose for the first time, improving to a 1.7 rating across two back-to-back episodes in the 9 p.m. hour. The first episode drew a 1.9, while the second one fell to a 1.6 rating. Earlier, Bob’s Burgers was even with last week’s 1.0 rating. Fox placed third with a 1.3/4.
ABC took second with a 1.4/4. America’s Funniest Home Videos rose 8% to a 1.4 and Secrets & Lies gained 7% to a 1.5. Both Once Upon a Time (1.8) and Revenge (1.1) were steady with last week.
NBC rounded out the evening with a 1.0/3. Dateline improved 33% from last week to a 1.2.