Tuesday, March 11, 2008
ESPN's own record had just been set two weeks prior with Memphis-Tennessee, but it has now officially been broken. UNC-Duke on Saturday night was watched by an average of 3,830,000 households and aprroximately 5,612,328 total viewers according to ESPN.
The Saturday Primetime telecast featuring North Carolina and Duke broke the record set just two weeks prior (Feb.23) when Memphis and Tennessee, ranked #1 and #2 at the time, averaged 3,636,000 households and 5,281,000 viewers (3.8 rating).Again, that's a lot of people and if it wasn't for ESPN's lineup of game I don't think many people would watch the network anymore. They did an amazing job of scheduling games this year (minus seeing Syracuse play 20 times this season....I kid, I kid)
In addition, the telecast set several men’s college basketball marks when compared to games airing on any network, broadcast or cable:
* Amongst viewers (P2+), the game ranks as the most-viewed regular-season men’s college basketball game in more than a decade (previously, the most-viewed broadcast was Kansas vs. Kentucky, Jan. 9, 2005, on CBS – 5,483,000 viewers);
* The game is the highest-rated regular-season men’s college basketball telecast in the past 15 years (North Carolina vs. Duke, Feb. 3, 1993, on ESPN – 4.3 rating);
* Amongst households, the telecast ranks as the most-viewed regular-season men’s college basketball game since 2005 (Duke vs. North Carolina, March 5, 2005, on CBS – 3,977,000 households).
(Via ESPN PR)