- First Game of Doubleheader – Michigan State-Arizona Nets Third-Highest Viewership
- ESPN’s Men’s College Basketball Action Continues with Champions Classic Tuesday
The second game of ESPN’s Armed Forces Classic doubleheader – No. 11 Indiana’s 103-99 overtime, upset-win against No. 3 Kansas on college basketball’s opening night – is the most-watched game in the five-year history of the event with a total live audience (TV + streaming) of 1,592,000 viewers. The first game of the doubleheader – No. 10 Arizona’s 65-63 thrilling victory against No. 12 Michigan State – is now the third-most watched with a total live audience of 1,222,000 viewers behind the inaugural Armed Forces Classic in 2012 featuring UConn’s upset over Michigan State (1,290,000 viewers).
The 2016 Armed Forces Classic – originated from the Stan Sheriff Center on the campus of the University of Hawaii in Honolulu with surrounding events at the U.S. Navy Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam – was played on Veterans Day, November 11, just under a month from the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The Armed Forces Classic is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN. The annual event is scheduled to continue for the foreseeable future with the 2017 event returning to Ramstein Air Base in Germany, featuring Texas A&M against West Virginia.
Additional information can be found in the overnight ratings release here.
Men’s College Basketball: Blockbuster Doubleheader, Champions Classic on ESPN Tuesday
Michigan State and Kansas now travel to take part in ESPN’s premier early-season college basketball event showcasing four of the all-time winningest programs for the sixth straight year in the State Farm Champions Classic on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The neutral-site blockbuster doubleheader – staged from Madison Square Garden in New York City – pits No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Michigan State at 7 p.m. and No. 1 Duke vs. No. 7 Kansas at 9:30 p.m. – all on ESPN.
- Dan Shulman, along with reporter Maria Taylor, will be on the call of both games, with analyst Dick Vitale working game 1 and Jay Bilason game 2.
- College GameDay Covered by State Farm will be live from Madison Square Garden floor surrounding Champions Classic with host Rece Davis, Bilas, Jay Williams and Seth Greenberg
- For the second straight year, ESPN will exclusively reveal the College Football Playoff weekly rankings on College Football Playoff: Top 25 between the Champions Classic games – from inside MSG with host Davis and analysts Joey Galloway, Kirk Herbstreit and David Pollack onsite.