FOX-Record 8.4 Million Watch USA Defeat Germany and Advance to FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015 Final

fox-sports-logoAudience Peaks at Over 12 Million Viewers

USA-Germany is Most-Watched World Cup Semifinal Match Ever

Vancouver, B.C. – The U.S. Women’s National Team, driven by a tenacious defense that has posted five straight shutouts and not allowed a goal in 513 minutes, out-flanked top-ranked Germany, 2-0, last night in Montreal, Quebec, to return to the final of the FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP™ for what is sure to be a star-spangled showdown against the winner of tonight’s England-Japan semifinal, on Sunday, July 5.  The upward audience trend witnessed at each advancing stage throughout the quadrennial tournament continued as FOX set yet another record for soccer on the network, with an average audience of 8.4 million viewers, according to fast nationals issued today by Nielsen.

USA-Germany semifinal highlights:

–       The match’s 8.4 million viewers breaks the recent mark set June 26 for the USA-China quarterfinal match (5.7 million) by 47%.

–       The 2015 USA-Germany semifinal is now the third most-watched women’s soccer match of all time, trailing only the USA-China 1999 Women’s World Cup Final (17,975,000) and the Japan-USA 2011 Women’s World Cup Final (13,458,000), dropping USA-China 2015 quarterfinal to fourth, followed by USA-Nigeria 2015 Group Stage (5.0 million, fifth place), Brazil-USA 1999 Women’s World Cup Semifinal (4.9 million, sixth), USA-Sweden 2015 Women’s World Cup Group Stage (4.5 million, seventh).

–       The audience for USA-China on FOX (8.4 million) is +147% better than the audience for the USA’s semifinal match in 2011 vs. France on ESPN (3.4 million).

–       USA-Germany is the most-watched World Cup semifinal match – men’s or women’s -ever in the U.S., breaking the mark set for the Germany-Italy 2006 World Cup semifinal (5.9 million).

–       The audience began at 1.6 million viewers at 6:41 PM ET and peaked at a tournament-high 12.1 million from 8:30-8:45 PM ET. The previous peak audience for the tournament was 8.1 million, reached during the USA-China quarterfinal. The peak for USA-Germany beat the prior peak by +49% (12.1 million vs. 8.1 million).

–       FOX Sports GO recorded a record 166,000 unique streamers.  This was the largest authenticated streaming audience in FOX Sports GO history, besting the previous mark set by the USA vs. Colombia round of 16 match (121,000 unique streamers).

–          USA-Germany is the most-watched broadcast on FOX since the April 1 edition of AMERICAN IDOL.

–          The match provided FOX broadcast network its highest-rated program among Adults 18-49 (3.0) since the season finale of EMPIRE on 3/18/15.

–          Top markets for USA vs. Germany: Kansas City and St. Louis (9.3), followed by Washington D.C. (9.0), Austin (7.8), Cincinnati and Columbus (7.4), Boston (7.1), Detroit (7.0), San Diego (6.9), and New York (6.8).  The ratings in Kansas City and St. Louis for USA-Germany tie for the highest of any individual market in this tournament.  The previous high was 7.8 set by Kansas City for USA-China in the Quarterfinal.

FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP 2015™ summary:

–       The six USA matches on FOX and FOX Sports 1 have averaged 5.3 million viewers, +121% better than the 2011 tournament average through the semifinals (2.4 million) on ESPN.

–       The four USA matches on FOX have averaged a 3.3 HH rating, with 6.0 million viewers.  In the Adult 18-49 demo, the four matches averaged a 2.1 rating, which would place it in a tie for second for prime time programs in the summer season.

–       The 2015 tournament is averaging 1.306 million viewers per match across all networks (FOX, FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2), +45% over 899,000 averaged on ESPN and ESPN2 through the first semifinal in 2011.

–       Top markets for all six USA matches: St. Louis (6.0), Washington D.C. (5.6), Kansas City (5.4), Austin (4.7), Richmond (4.6), Baltimore (4.5), New York (4.4), Hartford, Milwaukee and Norfolk (4.3).


11.2 Million Viewers Witness Dramatic Conclusion of 115th U.S. Open Championship

fox-sports-logoSunday’s Final Round posts +46% Increase Over 2014;

 Four-Round Viewership on FOX & FOX Sports 1 Sees +40% Boost

University Place, Wash. – Capping off what was a memorable week in the Pacific Northwest, Sunday’s final round of the 115th U.S. Open Championship reached its crescendo at the 18th and final hole. Televised for the first time in its entirety by FOX Sports, the event’s thrilling finish saw 21-year old Jordan Spieth claim his second-consecutive major championship victory in dramatic fashion, witnessed by 11.2 million viewers, according to Nielsen.

The final round featured a crowded leaderboard with a number of players narrowly off the pace and Sunday’s action posted a 4.2 household rating, averaging 6.7 million viewers on FOX broadcast network, a +46% increase over the U.S. Open’s final round in 2014 (4.6 million). The 4.2 rating versus 2014’s 3.0 marked the largest year-over-year gain for the final round since 1991-1992 (4.7/15 to 7.0/19).

Four-day coverage of the 115th U.S. Open Championship averaged a combined 3.5 million viewers each day across FOX and FOX Sports 1, a +40% increase over last year’s combined average on ESPN and NBC (2.5 million viewers). According to a custom analysis provided by Nielsen, the almost 40 hours of coverage of the 2015 U.S. Open reached a total of 34.9 million viewers.

Final Round Highlights:

–       Sunday’s final-round broadcast peaked with 11.2 million viewers from 10:00–10:30 PM ET as audiences watched Spieth birdie the 18th hole and runner-up Dustin Johnson finish in the final group with a disappointing three-putt to finish one shot back. 

–       The primetime portion of Sunday’s telecast averaged a 5.3 rating and 8.7 million viewers from 7:00-10:46 PM ET, winning the night among the broadcast networks and giving FOX its most-watched Sunday night in primetime since Jan. 4 (NFC Wild Card Playoffs).

–       In comparison to 2014’s final round, the final round broadcast showed significant ratings jumps across multiple key demographics, including: men 18-34, +63% (1.3 vs. 0.8) and men 18-49, +46%, (1.9 vs. 1.3).

–       Top five markets for Sunday’s final-round coverage: Seattle (11.4), Jacksonville (6.8), Columbus (6.7), Louisville (6.6) and Las Vegas (6.5).

Four Round Highlights:

–       FOX broadcast network coverage averaged 4.8 million viewers over the U.S. Open’s four days, a +41% increase over NBC’s average audience in 2014 (3.5 million viewers).

–       In total, FOX and FOX Sports 1 combined to air just under 40 hours of live coverage of the U.S. Open, the most in the championship’s extensive history. The total of nearly 40 hours was more than five hours more than had ever previously been broadcast for the event and eight hours more than the average of the last 10 U.S. Opens.

–       The expanded coverage had a positive impact on total minutes of viewing.  Compared to last year, for example, this year’s U.S. Open was up an impressive +40% on average audience (3.5 million watching any given minute vs. 2.5 million last year), but up by +63% in total minutes viewed (8.4 billion minutes to 5.2 billion last year).

Digital Highlights:

–       Sunday’s final round was the second most-watched event ever on FOX Sports Go.

Through FOX Sports GO, and the U.S. Open official app, total live streams started were up +354% (5.9 million vs. 1.3 million) over 2014.  Additionally, total streamed minutes reached 158 million, eclipsing the U.S. Open’s previous high of 130 million minutes in 2012.



ICYMI: Jordan Spieth birdies 18th hole, wins 115th U.S. Open

In what was a dramatic and thrilling finish, 21-year old Jordan Spieth won his second consecutive major championship Sunday at the 115th U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. The first-ever U.S. Open to be broadcast by FOX Sports, Sunday’s final round saw a host of competitors jockey for position, but it wasn’t until the 72nd hole of the championship that a pair of missed putts by Dustin Johnson yielded Spieth (68-67-71-69-275, -5) the U.S. Open trophy and his second major title in as many chances in 2015.

Following the final round, FOX Sports analysts offered opinions on the competitors and the memorable finish at the 18th hole:

Two-time major champion and lead U.S. Open on FOX analyst Greg Norman discussed the totality of Spieth’s overall game and his mature disposition:

“He is light years ahead of everybody else on tour because he has a complete game. He has composure and he is mature beyond his years. Some of the decisions he has made out here, he has really made collective positive decisions. Maybe it’s his dad, maybe it’s his caddie, maybe it’s his coach, I don’t know, but he has made some phenomenally mature decisions out there on the golf course and never really lets things get away from him. On the front nine today, he was a little bit edgy, a little bit agitated, a little bit out of sync, the putting stroke was a little bit quick. But as he got into it and he got into a position of winning, everything settled in.”

Major champion and U.S. Open on FOX studio analyst Tom Weiskopf discussed Johnson’s missed birdie putt on the 18th hole and said it will be important to get over today’s disappointment quickly:

“You can’t ever assume anything in this game, you have to continually keep your concentration and your focus on what you have to do. I think he forced that putt a little bit and it was downhill. But he had put himself in this position by missing three very short putts on this back nine. It’s a game of mistakes and that’s what it’s all about. Dustin Johnson has got to get over this as fast as he can because he’s such a talent. He has changed his lifestyle and those of us who have been in this position, you won’t forget that memory ever, but you have to get over it and go forward.”

Norman also experienced close defeats during his Hall of Fame playing career and talked about what it will take for Johnson to bounce back:

“That’s where my mind goes obviously. You saw where Dustin had collected himself during the round. It looked like he was completely out of it, but he got himself back into it. It’s sport and unfortunately in sport there is going to be a winner and there is going to be a loser. Dustin has to really get himself up and, forgive the pun, dust himself off as fast as he can, because he has so much talent and he is such a great player. He’s missed out four times now, but there is a great saying that Tom Watson told me, ‘Once you bite that snake’s head off, that snake is dead forever.’ All he has to do is go bite that snake’s head off at St. Andrews and he’ll be off and running.”

For notes, coverage, bios, photography and more, visit the 115th U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP page on FOX Sports Press Pass.


ESPN Televises Most-Viewed Women’s College World Series Ever

  • Most-Viewed WCWS Championship Finals Ever
  • Four of Top 10 Most-Watched WCWS Games Ever
  • Second Most-Watched Bracket Round Ever
  • WatchESPN with Exponential Growth for both WCWS and Championship Finals
  • Concludes Record-Setting Regular Season Coverage 

The 2015 Women’s College World Series — ESPN’s 15th year televising the entire event – was the most-viewed Women’s College World Series on record*, averaging 1,196,000 viewers (15 games) from May 28 – June 3. Furthermore, No. 1 Florida vs. No. 3 Michigan’s best-of-three WCWS Championship Finals – which Florida won 2 games to 1 — averaged 1,912,000 viewers (June 1-3), the most-viewed WCWS Championship Finals ever.

Additionally, 2015 Women’s College World Series provided four of the top 10 most-watched games in the event’s history (records since 1990):

  • No. 2 Most-Watched Game: No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 1 Florida (Championship Finals Game 3) averaged 2,273,000 viewers
  • No. 4 Most-Watched Game: No. 5 LSU vs. No. 3 Michigan (Game 12) averaged 1,950,000 viewers
  • No. 6 Most-Watched Game: Michigan vs. Florida (Championship Finals Game 2) averaged 1,865,000 viewers
  • No. 9 Most-Watched Game: No. 7 UCLA vs. No. 4 Auburn (Game 9) on  averaged 1,612,000 viewers

Top-Viewed Games in WCWS History:

Rank WCWS Year and Game Matchup Viewership
1. 2007 Championship Finals – Game 3 Tennessee vs. Arizona 2,326,000
2.       2015 Championship Finals – Game 3 Michigan vs. Florida 2,273,000
3. 2005 Championship Finals – Game 3 Michigan vs. UCLA 2,240,000
4.       2015 Game 12 LSU vs. Michigan 1,950,000
5. 2007 Championship Finals – Game 2 Arizona vs. Tennessee 1,919,000
6.       2015 Championship Finals – Game 2 Florida vs. Michigan 1,865,000
7. 2003 Championship California vs. UCLA 1,852,000
8. 2009 Championship Finals – Game 2 Florida vs. Washington 1,788,000
9.       2015 Game 9 UCLA vs. Auburn 1,612,000
10. 2004 Championship California vs. UCLA 1,593,000


2015 Women’s College World Series Bracket Round
ESPN’s entire presentation of the 2015 Women’s College World Series bracket round (May 28-May 31) averaged 1,055,000 viewers (12 games), the second most-viewed WCWS bracket round on ESPN networks topped only by the 2011 WCWS bracket round (1,114,000 average viewers).

2015 Women’s College World Series Championship Finals Top Markets
Detroit led all local markets with a 4.0 rating, followed by Birmingham (3.9), Oklahoma City (3.5), Knoxville (3.4), Jacksonville (3.0), Orlando (2.8), Tampa, Dayton & Nashville (2.3) and Greenville (2.0)

The 2015 WCWS Championship Finals  average minute audience was up 168% and average game unique viewers up +124%, respectively, on WatchESPN compared to last season’s WCWS Championship Finals. Additionally, the entire WCWS average audience was up 209% and total minutes up 200%, respectively, compared to 2014 WCWS.

ESPN’S 2015 College Softball Regular Season
ESPN’s record-setting 2015 Women’s College World Series follows its most comprehensive college softball regular season on the ESPN networks.  With 44 games televised across ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU, viewership increased 29% compared to a similar television slate in 2014. With the addition of the SEC Network (not rated by Nielsen) and expansion of ESPN3 coverage, ESPN covered more than 400 college softball games this season.

*Records date back to 1990. Prior to 2001, ESPN televised portions of the Women’s College World Series, but not in its entirety


Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; and @DerekVolner

Record Viewership at the 2015 Women’s College World Series

  • 1 and No. 2 Most-Watched WCWS Bracket Round Games Ever on ESPN Networks
  • 2015 WCWS Bracket Round (12 Games): 1,055,000 Average Viewers, Second-Highest Viewership in 19 Years on ESPN Networks
  • 2015 WCWS Championship Finals (Game 1): 1.0 Overnight Rating, Tied for Highest-Rated Game 1 on Record and a 43% Increase Over ’14 WCWS Championship Finals Game 1

ESPN recorded its No. 1 and No. 2 most-viewed Women’s College World Series bracket round games this past weekend. Game 12 – No. 5 LSU vs. No. 3 Michigan on Sunday, May 31 – averaged 1,950,000 viewers and Game 9 – No. 7 UCLA vs. No. 4 Auburn on Saturday, May 30 – averaged 1,612,000 viewers which bested the previous No. 1, a 2009 WCWS Game 12– Alabama vs. Florida – which averaged 1,588,000 viewers.

2015 Women’s College World Series Bracket Round

ESPN’s entire presentation of the 2015 Women’s College World Series bracket round (Thursday, May 28, through Sunday, May 31) averaged 1,055,000 viewers (12 games), the second most-viewed WCWS bracket round on ESPN networks –which started in 1997 — topped only by the 2011 WCWS bracket round (1,114,000 average viewers).

No. 5 LSU vs. No. 3 Michigan: Third Most-Watched Women’s College World Series Game of All-Time

No. 5 LSU vs. No. 3 Michigan is also the third most-watched WCWS game of all-time (any round), trailing the 2007 WCWS Championship Finals Game 3: Tennessee vs. Arizona (2,326,000 viewers) and  2005 WCWS Championship Finals Game 3: Michigan vs. UCLA (2,240,000 viewers).

2015 Women’s College World Series Championship Finals Game 1

The 2015 Women’s College World Series Championship Finals Game 1 on Monday, June 1 – where the defending national champions/No. 1 Florida defeated No. 3 Michigan 3-2 – earned a 1.0 overnight rating, which is tied for the highest-rated WCWS Championship Finals Game 1 on record (since 2007) and a 43% increase (0.7 overnight) from 2014 WCWS Championship Finals Game 1 which saw Florida defeat Alabama.

The Women’s College World Series Championship Finals continues Tuesday, June 2, at 8 p.m. on ESPN with Game 2.  If Michigan wins Game 2, a decisive Game 3 will be played on Wednesday, June 3, at 8 p.m. on ESPN.


Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; and @DerekVolner

The 2014-15 UEFA Champions League Season Boosts ESPN Deportes’ Ratings

Semifinals between Real Madrid and Juventus rank as the top two highest-rated UEFA Champions League telecasts on Spanish-language cable; Network reaches 3.2 million Hispanic viewers from Round of 16 through semifinals; UEFA Champions League scores the top 20 most-watched ESPN Deportes’ events on WatchESPN

The return of the UEFA Champions League to ESPN Deportes delivered strong ratings throughout the season, scoring its top two highest-rated telecasts of the year thus far with the two-legged semifinal between Real Madrid and Juventus on May 5 and 13.

  • The first leg encounter scored second place, averaging a 2.6 Hispanic household US rating and 386,000 Hispanic household impressions.
  • The second leg averaged a 2.7 Hispanic household US rating and 397,000 Hispanic household impressions, becoming the top match.
  • The second leg also became the most-watched ESPN Deportes event to date on WatchESPN with more than 3 million total live minutes.

Overall, the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League season on ESPN Deportes averaged a 0.9 Hispanic household rating with 173,000 Hispanic P2+ viewers. Throughout the season, the UEFA Champions League matches boosted ESPN Deportes’ live game windows by +350% compared to the same dayparts last year. From the Round of 16 through the semifinals, the UEFA Champions League on ESPN Deportes reached an average of 3.2 million Hispanic P2+ viewers.

The 2014-15 UEFA Champions League matches also drove digital growth across ESPN Deportes on WatchESPN and ESPN Deportes+. Throughout the season, there were 1.2 million live unique devices that watched 54 million live minutes of UEFA Champions League on ESPN Deportes via WatchESPN and ESPN Deportes+. The Champions League matches also swept all top 20 spots of the most-watched ESPN Deportes events on WatchESPN.


Mayweather vs. Pacquiao Generates 4.4 Million Plus Domestic Pay-Per-View Buys



Generates Combined Total Revenues In Excess of $500 Million

NEW YORK (May 12, 2015)—The boxing blockbuster event, Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, shattered the previous record for total pay-per-view buys and now ranks as the highest-grossing pay-per-view of all time.  Initial reports from distributors indicate that the event generated more than 4.4 million U.S. buys and more than $400 million in domestic pay-per-view revenue alone.  With additional revenue from the live gate at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, international television distribution, sponsorships, closed circuit and merchandise sales, the event is expected to generate in excess of $500 million in gross worldwide receipts.  The news was announced jointly by Showtime Networks Inc., a subsidiary of CBS Corporation, and HBO in conjunction with event promoters Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank, Inc.

The welterweight world championship unification bout nearly doubled the previous record of 2.48 million buys generated by the Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing event in 2007 and nearly tripled the record $150 million in U.S. pay-per-view revenue generated by Mayweather vs. Canelo Alvarez in 2013.

Live gate receipts for the star-studded event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena produced more than $71 million in revenue, dramatically eclipsing the previous live gate record of $20 million (for Mayweather vs. Canelo) for both the sport of boxing and Las Vegas.

Additionally, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao set the record for closed circuit admissions and revenue both in Las Vegas and at establishments nationwide.  The event sold nearly 46,000 closed circuit admissions at MGM Resorts International properties in Las Vegas alone and was available at more than 5,000 bars, restaurants and commercial establishments throughout the U.S.

Distributed in 175 countries worldwide, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao was available in essentially 75 percent of the world’s territories, setting the revenue record for international distribution.

As reported last week, Mayweather vs. Pacquiao drew enormous numbers on social media.  For example, Facebook reported that 37 million unique people contributed more than 115 million interactions from the start of the event to 30 minutes following its completion, a new record for a boxing event.

The May 2 promotion included unprecedented marketing and cross-promotional support from distributors as well as record revenue from the event’s major sponsors.

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao was a 12-round welterweight world championship unification bout promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc., and co-produced and co-distributed by HBO PPV® and SHOWTIME PPV®.

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ESPN’s NFL Draft: Round 1 Scores Seven Million Viewers

Third Highest-Rated and Third Most-Viewed Opening Night Ever

Thursday night’s live ESPN telecast of the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft averaged 7,026,000 viewers and a 4.5 US rating based on fast nationals, according to Nielsen, making it the third most-viewed and third highest-rated opening day draft in ESPN’s 36 years of presenting the event (since 1980).

The 2014 NFL Draft – which included former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel falling to the 22nd pick in the first round – ranks as the highest-rated (6.1 rating) and most-viewed (9,943,000 viewers) opening night for ESPN. The 2010 draft – which included another former Heisman winner, Tim Tebow, picked at No. 25 by the Denver Broncos – ranks second (4.6 rating and 7,290,000 viewers).

Last night’s ESPN telecast peaked at a 5.4 rating and 8,446,000 viewers between 8:30-9 p.m. ET. The top 10 metered markets included Cleveland (11.4), New Orleans (8.6), Philadelphia (8.0), Columbus, Ohio (7.4), Birmingham, Ala. (7.4), Tampa-St. Petersburg (6.8), Greensboro, N.C. (6.7), Norfolk, Va. (6.6), Charlotte (6.4) and Baltimore (6.4).


WatchESPN logged 603,000 unique viewers and 31 million total minutes, up 32 percent and 16 percent, respectively, compared to Round 1 of the 2014 NFL Draft.  It also had an average minute audience of 144,000, up 23 percent.

ESPN NFL Draft Coverage Continues Friday and Saturday

ESPN’s live NFL Draft coverage continues tonight at 7 p.m. ET (rounds 2 and 3) and Saturday at 12 p.m. (rounds 4-7). In addition, SportsCenter and ESPN’s NFL news and information programs will continue to provide coverage of the event throughout the weekend from Chicago. ESPN Radio will also broadcast rounds 2 and 3 tonight (6:30 p.m.).

ESPN NFL Draft Telecast Ratings – Round 1 (2010-15):

Year US Rating Viewers
2015 4.5 7,026,000
2014 6.1 9,943,000
2013 4.1 6,199,000
2012 4.4 6,661,000
2011 3.8 6,003,000
2010 4.6 7,290,000


‘Subway Series’ on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball Delivers Double-Digit Ratings Increase

  • New York Mets-New York Yankees Generates Strong 1.9 Overnight Rating, Up 36 Percent
  • 8.4 Local New York Rating is Best for MLB Game on ESPN in Market Since 2011

On Sunday, April 26, the New York Mets at New York Yankees ‘Subway Series’ match-up on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball presented by Taco Bell delivered a double-digit ratings increase, according to Nielsen. The telecast generated a strong 1.9 overnight rating, up 36 percent from the comparable game in 2014 (Boston Red Sox-Baltimore Orioles), which drew a 1.4.

Locally, the game generated an 8.4 rating in the New York market, which is the best rating for a Major League Baseball telecast on ESPN in the market since the 2011 season.

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball continues on May 3 as the Yankees travel to Fenway Park to visit the Boston Red Sox at 8 p.m. Dan Shulman, analysts Curt Schilling and John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney will provide commentary with Baseball Tonight: Sunday Night Countdown preceding the game at 7 p.m. from Yawkey Way.


Media contact: Ben Cafardo at 860-766-3496 or (@Ben_ESPN);

Gianina Thompson at 860-766-7022 or


2015 NCAA Tournament National Championship Game Featuring Duke Over Wisconsin Scores Highest Overnight Rating In 18 Years

cbs-tnt-tbs-ncaaDuke vs. Wisconsin on CBS Delivers 17.1/27, Up 33%

2015 NCAA Tournament Across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV Garners
Highest Overall Average Rating in 22 Years

NCAA March Madness Live Generates Record-Setting 3.4 Million Live Video Streams
for Championship Game

CBS Sports and Turner Sports’ exclusive coverage of last night’s NCAA Tournament Men’s National Championship between Duke and Wisconsin on CBS scored a 17.1/27 HH rating/share to deliver the highest overnight rating for the NCAA Men’s National Championship in the metered markets in 18 years (1997; 18.0/28, Arizona-Kentucky), based on Nielsen metered market ratings. The broadcast’s 17.1/27 is up 33% over last year (12.9/21; Connecticut-Kentucky) and peaked with a 20.1/34 from 11:00-11:30 PM, ET.

Overall, 2015 NCAA Tournament coverage across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV averaged a 7.8/16 overnight rating/share, up 13% and is the best overnight rating in 22 years (7.9/17 in 1993).

Top five rated metered markets for last night’s game:

  • Milwaukee – 42.2/59
  • Raleigh-Durham – 36.2/54
  • Louisville – 33.5/48
  • Columbus – 29.9/44
  • Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem – 29.5/43

Additionally, NCAA March Madness Live garnered a record-setting 3.4 million live video streams for last night’s NCAA Championship game and nearly one million hours of live video consumed, also an all-time record.  Last night’s live video streams are up 66%, with the live hours of consumption up 69% over last year.  NCAA March Madness Live generated 80.7 million live video streams and 17.8 million hours of live video consumption during this year’s tournament, both all-time highs.  This year’s live video streams are up 17%, with live hours of consumption netting a 19% increase.

The NCAA Tournament grossed a record 350 million total social impressions across Facebook and Twitter for a 45% increase over 2014.

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Kentucky-Wisconsin Delivers Best Overnight Rating for National Semifinal in 22 Years as NCAA Tournament Continues Record-Setting Numbers

cbs-tnt-tbs-ncaaKentucky vs. Wisconsin Across TBS, TNT and truTV Garners Highest Overnight Rating for College Basketball Game in Cable Television History

NCAA Tournament to Date Nets Highest Overnight Rating in 23 Years

NCAA March Madness Live Nets Record 77 Million Live Streams Through Saturday

Turner Sports and CBS Sports’ exclusive coverage of last night’s NCAA Tournament National Semifinal between Kentucky and Wisconsin across TBS, TNT and truTV averaged a 13.3/24 overnight rating/share to deliver the highest rating for a college basketball game in the history of cable television and the highest rating for a Final Four game in 22 years (13.8/24 in 1993).  The networks’ collective coverage of Kentucky/Wisconsin peaked with a 16.4/30 overnight rating/share from 11-11:15 p.m. ET.  The game telecast is up 48% over last year, based on Nielsen metered market ratings.

The NCAA Final Four National Semifinals doubleheader – including Duke vs. Michigan State – averaged an 11.4/22 overnight rating/share to register as the highest average overnight rating for the doubleheader in 20 years (11.6/22 in 1995).  Last night’s National Semifinals are up 39% over last year.

The Duke/Michigan State telecast across TBS, TNT and truTV averaged a 9.6/20 overnight rating/share, the highest overnight rating in 10 years (10.3/19 in 2005) and a 30% increase over last year.

Overall, the NCAA Tournament coverage across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV is averaging a 7.5/15 overnight rating/share, tied as the best overnight rating in 23 years (7.7/16 in 1992).

Additionally, NCAA March Madness Live has garnered more than 77 million live video streams and 16.8 million live hours of video consumption through Saturday’s National Semifinals, both all-time records.   This year’s live streams are up 15% over last year, with live hours of video consumed up 17%.  Yesterday, NCAA March Madness Live delivered a record-setting six million live video streams and 1.5 million live hours of consumption for the National Semifinals, up 59% and 53%, respectively.


The NCAA Tournament has grossed a record 306 million total social impressions across Facebook and Twitter through the second Thursday for a 36% increase over 2014.

Source: Nielsen Media Research, Arianna, Live +SD data stream. 3/17/15 – 4/4/15 vs. 3/18/15 – 4/5/15.   2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011 averages based on weighted average of 4 telecast gross across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV. Historical audiences, CBS 1991 through 2005 based on Live data. Conviva, Adobe Analytics for digital metrics. Facebook Insights and Twitter for social analytics.