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‘Dancing With the Stars,’ NCAA basketball, ‘Divergent': Stuff people liked this week

A great way to gain insight into our country’s psyche? Take a look at what we’re watching on TV, going to see in the movie theater, and listening to on the radio or on our iPods. Every Wednesday, Billboard releases music stats for the past week, so we take the opportunity for some quick analysis all of the above topics and what pop culture is truly the most popular at the moment.

Tony Dovolani and NeNe Leakes on “DWTS.” (Adam Taylor/ABC)


1) “NCIS” (CBS) 17.1 million viewers
2) “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC) 15.4 million
3) “NCIS: Los Angeles” (CBS) 14.2 million
4) “The Voice,” Monday (NBC) 13.5 million
5) “The Voice,” Tuesday (NBC) 13.3 million
6) “60 Minutes” (CBS) 11.3 million
7) “The Blacklist” (NBC) 11 million
8) “Person of Interest” (CBS) 10.9 million
9) “CSI” (CBS) 10.2 million
10) “Criminal Minds” (CBS) 10.1 million
(via Nielsen, March 17-23)

“Dancing With the Stars” nearly topped the list, but the numbers may be a bit deceiving as the Season 18 premiere actually tied its lowest numbers ever. Looks like replacing Erin Andrews with Brooke Burke-Charvet didn’t do anything to improve ratings after all. And the one controversial contestant, angry former NHL star Sean Avery, went home this week. Oh well!

Meanwhile, “60 Minutes” sparked people’s interest, as Scott Pelley talked to FBI agents leading the Boston Marathon bombing manhunt, and Morley Safer had a feature about the New Yorker magazine cartoons.

Dayton's Devin Oliver (5) celebrates with teammates after a third-round game against Syracuse. (Nick LoVerde/AP) Dayton’s Devin Oliver (5) celebrates with teammates after a third-round game against Syracuse. (Nick LoVerde/AP)


1) “The Walking Dead” (AMC) 13.4 million viewers
2) “Talking Dead” (AMC) 5.3 million
3) “Duck Dynasty” (A&E) 4.7 million
4) “Pawn Stars” 9:30 p.m. (History) 4.4 million
5) “Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo) 4.3 million
6) WWE, Monday 9 to 10 p.m. (USA) 4.2 million
7) “Pawn Stars” 9 p.m. (History) 4.1 million
8) WWE, Monday 10 to 11 p.m. (USA) 4 million
9) NCAA basketball, No. 11 University of Dayton vs. No. 3 Syracuse (TBS) 4 million
10) WWE, Monday 9 to 10 p.m. (USA) 4 million
(TVBytheNumbers via Nielsen, March 17-23)

Zombies, wrestling, housewives, pawn stars: A normal week in cable. However, there was the addition of Saturday’s upset as University of Dayton moved on to the Sweet Sixteen after beating Syracuse.

Maggie Q, left, as Tori and Shailene Woodley as Beatrice "Tris" Prior. (Summit Entertainment, Jaap Buitendijk/AP) Maggie Q, left, as Tori and Shailene Woodley as Beatrice “Tris” Prior. (Summit Entertainment, Jaap Buitendijk/AP)


1) “Divergent” $54.6 million*
2) “Muppets Most Wanted” $17 million*
3) “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” $11.8 million
4) “God’s Not Dead” $9 million*
5) “300: Rise of an Empire” $8.5 million
6) “Need for Speed” $7.9 million
7) “The Grand Budapest Hotel” $6.8 million
8) “Non-Stop” $6.4 million
9) “The Lego Movie” $4.1 million
10) “Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club” $3.1 million
(AP via Rentrak, March 21-23)
* First week in theaters

Only in a post-“Hunger Games” world would $55 million for a new movie be considered “just okay.” But YA dystopian film “Divergent” can never quite escape “Hunger Games” comparisons; the Jennifer Lawrence film burst on to the scene with $158 million in 2012. Anyway, the Shailene Woodley epic still topped the chart by a huge amount, as the new “Muppets” movie was considered a fairly disappointing opening considering its star power. Time to do away with those Muppets movies, maybe?

Taylor Momsen performs with the Pretty Wreckless. (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty) Taylor Momsen performs with the Pretty Wreckless. (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty)

TOP ALBUMS/SONGS (via Billboard)

“Frozen” continues its dominance months after the movie was released, landing at No. 1 on the chart yet again as the DVD release last week spurred the album to sell another 202,000 copies. Many debut albums also made it to the Top 10, including rapper YG at No. 2 with 61,000, followed by Foster the People’s newest CD selling 54,000. And welcome back Taylor Momsen to the mainstream: The former “Gossip Girl” star’s rock group the Pretty Reckless sold 35,000 units to debut at No. 5. (Though they couldn’t beat Skrillex, at No. 4 with 47,000.)

As for digital songs, the list remains similar to last week: Pharrell’s “Happy,” Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse,” Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty,” etc. (And obviously, “Frozen” track “Let It Go” is still selling big time.) However, country duo Florida Georgia Line sneaks into the Top 10 with newest single “This is How We Roll,” which includes guest vocals from Luke Bryan.

Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.



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