'The Good Wife' rises in ratings this week thanks to March Madness

CBS won Sunday’s primetime ratings race among the broadcast networks thanks to a sizable college basketball overrun, but the net also saw higher-than-usual numbers for “The Good Wife,” which built on the buzz generted by the prior week’s controversial episode.

Looking at Sunday’s broadcast action, a roughly 20-minute overrun from the NCAA men’s basketball quarterfinal game between Kentucky and Michigan dominated the opening hour of primetime. Reliable numbers won’t be released until Tuesday, but the down-to-the-wire game is projected to have closed with more than 20 million viewers and a demo rating more than double the combined scores of ABC, NBC and Fox in the 7 o’clock half-hour.

The rest of the night slid from there in most of the country, with the CBS stations averaging a 2.5 rating/8 share in adults 18-49 and 13.2 million viewers overall for the 7:30-8:30 p.m. hour (mostly “60 Minutes”) and a 2.0/5 in 18-49 and 9.8 million viewers overall from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. (mostly “The Amazing Race”). Last week, the newsmag did a 2.0 in the demo, and the reality series earned a 1.8.

From 9:30 to 10:30 p.m., “The Good Wife” averaged roughly a 1.7/4 in 18-49 and 10.4 million viewers overall, roughly 20% week-to-week improvement from last week’s episode (1.4), which featured the death of the character played by series regular Josh Charles; if the numbers hold, “Wife” will have matched the show’s second highest 18-49 rating of the season and attracted its second largest audience of the season. From 10:30 to 11 p.m., “The Mentalist” averaged a 1.5/4 in 18-49 and 8.6 million viewers overall.

Source - poor Cary didn't even get time to mourn :(