Follow us:

Women's Hoops

The latest news and analysis on college and pro women's basketball.

April 9, 2014 at 4:30 PM

UConn’s historic NCAA title win draws impressive television ratings

StewieLayup

UConn F Breanna Stewart shoots layup
Photo: Mark Zaleski

In an unscientific poll, 54 percent  said they’d watch Tuesday’s championship game between unbeatens UConn and Notre Dame. The overall viewership turned out to be the best for ESPN in a decade. Missed it? Well, UConn won a historic ninth title in a 79-58 blowout. Irish coach Muffet McGraw commented it was like playing the Miami Heat sans LeBron James.

Here’s more from ESPN:

Best Women’s College Basketball Rating in a Decade for UConn-Notre Dame

Rating up 40% from 2013; Fourth Largest Audience for the Event in 19 Years on ESPN

Most-Viewed Women’s Event on WatchESPN and Largest Audience for ESPN3 Surround Production

Monday night’s victory by the University of Connecticut over University of Notre Dame in the NCAA Women’s National Championship earned a 2.8 US rating, the highest for any ESPN women’s college basketball game in a decade.  The rating for the unprecedented title game battle of unbeatens – a 79-58 victory for UConn’s record ninth national championship – is the highest for the sport since Connecticut’s victory over Tennessee for the 2004 title earned a 3.5.

The highly anticipated matchup averaged 3.21 million households and 4.27 viewers (P2+) – fourth and sixth best, respectively, since ESPN began televising the women’s championship in 1996.  In addition, the 2.8 rating represents an increase of 40 percent over a 2.0 a year ago for UConn over Louisville.

In addition, nearly 100,000 fans turned to WatchESPN for the traditional telecast and the special ESPN3 Surround production of the matchup.  Those 100,000 thousand fans generated 3,800,000 minutes on the game, both all-time highs for a women’s college basketball game.  Additionally, the game generated the most minutes viewed for an ESPN3 Surround production to date.

Among the metered markets, Hartford/New Haven led the way with a 29.3 rating, making it the market’s highest overnight for a program on cable in 2014. Nashville was the second highest-rated market with a 6.8 followed by Knoxville (6.0), Louisville (5.5), Indianapolis (4.8), Raleigh-Durham (4.7), Providence (4.6), New York (4.6), Memphis (4.5) and Greenville (4.5).

Comments | More in Final Four, Polls | Topics: UConn

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►