Virginia-Duke is Most-Watched College Basketball Game This Season

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Virginia-Duke is Most-Watched College Basketball Game This Season

Saturday’s top-5 matchup between then-No. 4 Virginia and No. 1 Duke delivered a Nielsen reported audience of 3,764,000 viewers, making it the most-watched college basketball game across all networks this season. The audience peaked at 4,980,000 viewers in the telecast’s final minutes of the game.

Season-to-date, men’s college basketball on ESPN and ESPN2 is up eight percent. ESPN networks have aired the 44 most-viewed games on cable, including seven of the top 10 across all networks.

Top markets for Virginia-Duke matchup:

Rank Market Rating
1 Louisville 11.2
Raleigh-Durham 11.2
3 Greensboro-High Point 10.2
4 Richmond 9.9
5 Norfolk-Portsmth-N. Nws 7.6

ESPN’s Sonic Blockbuster franchise is averaging 2,332,000 viewers through seven games, up 36 percent in comparison to last year.

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Kentucky’s win at Auburn averaged 1,878,000 viewers, while Wisconsin’s win over then-undefeated Michigan averaged 1,650,000 viewers, both now top 10 games this season on ESPN.


Anna Negron

It was always a dream of mine to work at ESPN, and here I am! I joined the College Sports PR team in March 2016. Hailing from the great Garden State, I graduated from Seton Hall University (Go Pirates!) with a degree in sport management, where I not only sang the National Anthem at games, but was also a member of the Seton Hall Sapphires Dance Team and a student reporter for Pirate Sports Network. Before joining ESPN, I served as a Public Relations Associate for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
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