Anna Torv

Fringe couldn't compete with CBS' March Madness coverage, hitting a season low in its spring return.

The sci-fi series grabbed 2.88 million viewers and a season-low 0.9 rating in the adults ages 18-49 demographic for its first of eight new episodes.  Supernatural also fell to 1.57 million viewers, but Nikita rose to 1.56 million viewers.

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CBS' March Madness coverage easily won the night with 6.53 million viewers and a 2.2 rating.

8 p.m.
CBS:
NCAA Basketball 6.5 million viewers (2.2 demo rating)
ABC: Shark Tank 5.9 million (1.5)
Fox: Kitchen Nightmares 3.06 million (1.0)
NBC: Who Do You Think You Are? 5.7 million (1.0)
CW: Nikita 1.5 million (0.5)

9 p.m.
ABC: Primetime What Would You Do? 5.1 million (1.6)

FOX: Fringe 2.8 million (.9)
NBC: Grimm (R) 3.3 million (.7)
CW: Supernatural 1.5 million (0.6)

10 p.m.
ABC: 20/20 5.4 million (1.6)
NBC: Dateline 4.3 million (.9)