The Media Chart for March 25: 'Serial' Still a Force

'The Bachelor' Lands ABC in the Top 10

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Bowe Bergdahl is the subject of 'Serial' season two.
Bowe Bergdahl is the subject of 'Serial' season two. Credit: United States Army

The Media Chart is a weekly look at what's topping the rankings and the ratings.

The "Serial" podcast, focusing on the Bowe Bergdahl story in season two, might not be getting the breathless media coverage it received last year at this time, but that's OK. It's still doing fine. It was the top ranking podcast for the week ending March 20, beating out "This American Life" and "Sasquatch Chronicles," a podcast about, well, Bigfoot.

And in broadcast land, ABC managed to break the CBS/NBC stranglehold on ratings with a couple "Bachelor" episodes.

TV RATINGSWeek Ending Sunday, March 20
BROADCAST
Rank Program Network Rating
1 NCIS CBS 9.3
2 Little Big Shots (Sun., 8 p.m.) NBC 7.6
3 The Voice (Monday) NBC 7.5
4 NCIS: New Orleans CBS 7.4
5 The Voice (Tuesday) NBC 7.0
6 60 Minutes CBS 6.4
7 The Bachelor ABC 6.2
8 Criminal Minds CBS 6.1
9 The Bachelor: After the Final Rose ABC 6.0
10 Madam Secretary CBS 6.0
CABLE
Rank Program Network Rating
1 Walking Dead AMC 6.7
2 America's Election HQ (Tues., 8 p.m.) FOXNC 3.4
3 America's Election HQ (Tues., 10 p.m.) FOXNC 3.2
4 America's Election HQ (Tues., 9 p.m.) FOXNC 3.1
5 Talking Dead AMC 2.9
6 America's Choice 2016 (Tues., 9 p.m.) CNN 2.9
7 America's Choice 2016 (Tues., 8 p.m.) CNN 2.7
8 America's Choice 2016 (Tues., 10 p.m.) CNN 2.6
9 The O'Reilly Factor (Monday) FOXNC 2.5
10 The O'Reilly Factor (Wednesday) FOXNC 2.4
Source: The Nielsen Company. Television rating is based on 115.8 million households for live and same-day viewing of programs of at least 30 minutes duration.
DOMESTIC BOX OFFICE 2016Year-to-Date Through Sunday, March 20
Rank Film Studio Gross (Millions)
1 Star Wars: The Force Awakens* Buena Vista $932.3
2 Deadpool* Fox 341.0
3 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 Lionsgate 281.7
4 The Martian* Fox 228.4
5 Zootopia* Buena Vista 200.9
6 Spectre* Sony 200.0
7 The Revenant* Fox 181.1
8 Hotel Transylvania 2 Sony 169.7
8 Daddy's Home* Paramount 149.8
10 Kung Fu Panda 3* Fox 138.4
Source: BoxOfficeMojo.com. Box office gross for films in theaters since Jan. 1; films marked with an asterisk are still in theaters.
DVD RENTALSWeek Ending Sunday, March 20
Rank Film Days in Release Studio
1 The Big Short 5 Paramount
2 Spectre 40 Fox/MGM
3 Black Mass 33 Warner
4 The Night Before 19 Sony Pictures
5 The Good Dinosaur 26 Disney/Pixar
6 The Intern 61 Warner
7 The Martian 68 Fox
8 The 33 33 Warner
9 Straight Outta Compton 61 Universal
10 Room 19 Lionsgate
Source: Home Media Magazine.
MAGAZINE AUDIENCEJanuary 2016
Fashion
Rank Property Audience (Millions) Change
1 Cosmopolitan 32.6 0.4%
2 Glamour 19.9 11.5
3 Vogue 17.8 16.2
4 InStyle 14.2 9.6
5 Elle 12.4 30.6
6 Allure 11.1 13.8
7 Essence 11.1 -3.3
8 People StyleWatch 10.6 -0.9
9 Harper's Bazaar 9.3 56.7
10 Marie Claire 6.8 -0.4
Source: MPA - The Magazine Association. Total print and digital audience. Change is over January 2015.
DIGITAL SONGSWeek Ending Thursday, March 17
Rank Title Artist Label
1 7 Years Lukas Graham Warner
2 Dangerous Woman Ariana Grande Universal/Republic
3 My House Flo Rida Atlantic/Poe Boy
4 Work Rihanna Roc Nation
5 No Meghan Trainor Epic
6 Stressed Out twenty one pilots Fueled By Ramen
7 I Took a Pill in Ibiza Mike Posner Monster Mtn./Island
8 Pillowtalk Zayn Malik RCA
9 Love Yourself Justin Bieber Island/Def Jam
10 Work From Home Fifth Harmony Syco/Epic
Source: Billboard.
TOP PODCASTSWeek Ending Sunday, March 20
Rank Show Host(s) Change
1 Serial Sarah Koenig +1
2 This American Life Ira Glass -1
3 Sasquatch Chronicles Wes Germer +59
4 Radiolab Jad Abumrad/Robert Krulwich +1
5 Freakonomics Radio Stephen J. Dubner -2
6 The Joe Rogan Experience Joe Rogan -2
7 Marketplace All Stories Kai Ryssdal, David Brancaccio, others Even
8 NPR News Audie Cornish, Steve Inskeep, others -2
9 TED Radio Hour Guy Raz -1
10 Planet Money Robert Smith, David Kestenbaum, others -1
Source: Stitcher. Change is over previous week.

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