2014 College Basketball Postseason Ratings Roundup

This post is going to be a little more useful than last week’s. Here are ratings for all 67 games of the NCAA Tournament, every game of the NIT on traditional television, and every game or coverage window of the women’s tournament. The top four games of the tournament all involved Kentucky; their Elite 8 and third round games both did better than the other Final Four game, though curiously the much-hyped matchup between Kentucky and Louisville not only did worse than all those games, but another third-round game involving North Carolina. Kentucky was also involved in the most-watched second-round game. Only two NCAA Tournament games not on truTV did worse than the most watched NIT game, the championship game. Meanwhile, the top seven women’s games involved at least one of the two undefeated teams, Connecticut or Notre Dame.

CBS numbers from Sports Media Watch, Turner and ESPN numbers from Son of the Bronx. 18-49 numbers, when available, from TVbytheNumbers and The Futon Critic. Click here to learn more about how to read the charts.

Most Watched NCAA Tournament Games

    Vwr (mil) HH 18-49 Time Net

1

NCAA Basketball Championship Game:
Kentucky v. Connecticut

21.196

12.4

7.2

4/7 9:00 PM

CBS

2

NCAA Tournament Final Four:
Kentucky v. Wisconsin

16.25

9.1

5.2

4/5 9:00 PM

TBS+TNT
+truTV

3

NCAA Tournament Elite Eight:
Kentucky v. Michigan

14.639

8.9

4.7

3/30 4:55 PM

CBS

4

NCAA Tournament Third Round:
Kentucky v. Wichita State

12.091

7.5

 

3/23 3:00 PM

CBS

5

NCAA Tournament Final Four:
Connecticut v. Florida

11.654

6.8

3.4

4/5 6:00 PM

TBS+TNT
+truTV

6

NCAA Tournament Third Round:
Iowa State v. North Carolina

11.62

7

4.0

3/23 5:30 PM

CBS

7

NCAA Tournament Sweet 16:
Kentucky v. Louisville

10.089

5.9

3.6

3/28 9:45 PM

CBS

8

NCAA Tournament Elite Eight:
Wisconsin v. Arizona

9.967

5.8

3.2

3/29 8:30 PM

TBS

9

NCAA Tournament Elite Eight:
Connecticut v. Michigan State

9.795

6.1

 

3/30 2:00 PM

CBS

10

NCAA Tournament Sweet 16:
Tennessee v. Michigan

8.319

5

2.3

3/28 7:15 PM

CBS

11

NCAA Tournament Third Round:
Michigan v. Texas

7.77

4.9

 

3/22 5:00 PM

CBS

12

NCAA Tournament Third Round:
Louisville v. Saint Louis

7.447

4.9

 

3/22 2:30 PM

CBS

13

NCAA Tournament Sweet 16:
UCLA v. Florida

7.234

4.7

0.6

3/27 9:45 PM

CBS

14

NCAA Tournament Elite Eight:
Dayton v. Florida

7.203

4.3

2.4

3/29 6:00 PM

TBS

15

NCAA Tournament Sweet 16:
Dayton v. Stanford

7.109

4.6

2.0

3/27 7:15 PM

CBS

16

NCAA Tournament Third Round:
Stanford v. Kansas

7.068

4.6

 

3/23 12:00 PM

CBS

17

NCAA Tournament Third Round:
Oregon v. Wisconsin

6.908

4.1

2.2

3/22 8:00 PM

CBS

18

NCAA Tournament Third Round:
Florida v. Pittsburgh

5.555

3.7

 

3/22 12:00 PM

CBS

19

NCAA Tournament Sweet 16:
Michigan State v. Virginia

5.086

3.0

1.6

3/28 10:00 PM

TBS

20

NCAA Tournament Second Round:
Kansas State v. Kentucky

4.651

3

1.5

3/21 9:45 PM

CBS

21

NCAA Tournament Third Round:
Dayton v. Syracuse

4.019

2.3

1.5

3/22 7:00 PM

TBS

22

NCAA Tournament Second Round:
Wofford v. Michigan

3.79

2.5

1.0

3/20 7:10 PM

CBS

23

NCAA Tournament Second Round:
Providence v. North Carolina

3.735

2.3

1.2

3/21 7:30 PM

TNT

24

NCAA Tournament Second Round:
Arizona State v. Texas

3.637

2.4

1.3

3/20 9:45 PM

CBS

25

NCAA Tournament Second Round:
Mercer v. Duke

3.583

2.7

 

3/21 12:15 PM

CBS

26

NCAA Tournament Second Round:
Dayton v. Ohio State

3.407

2.4

 

3/20 12:15 PM

CBS

27

NCAA Tournament Second Round:
Cal Poly v. Wichita State

3.324

2.2

1.0

3/21 7:10 PM

CBS

28

NCAA Tournament Third Round:
Memphis v. Virginia

3.29

2.1

1.0

3/23 8:48 PM

TNT

29

NCAA Tournament Sweet 16:
San Diego State v. Arizona

3.282

2.0

1.4

3/27 10:00 PM

TBS

30

NCAA Tournament Third Round:
Connecticut v. Villanova

3.145

1.8

1.4

3/22 9:52 PM

TBS

31

NCAA Tournament Sweet 16:
Connecticut v. Iowa State

3.105

1.8

1.0

3/28 7:15 PM

TBS

32

NCAA Tournament Third Round:
Harvard v. Michigan State

3.1

1.7

1.0

3/22 8:40 PM

TNT

33

NCAA Tournament Second Round:
NC State v. Saint Louis

3.085

1.9

1.2

3/20 7:15 PM

TNT

34

NCAA Tournament Sweet 16:
Baylor v. Wisconsin

3.025

1.9

1.0

3/27 7:30 PM

TBS

35

NCAA Tournament Third Round:
Gonzaga v. Arizona

2.898

1.8

1.2

3/23 9:44 PM

TBS

36

NCAA Tournament Second Round:
Tennessee v. Massachusetts

2.801

2.1

 

3/21 2:45 PM

CBS

37

NCAA Tournament Second Round:
St. Joseph’s v. Connecticut

2.797

1.7

1.2

3/20 6:45 PM

TBS

38

NCAA Tournament Second Round:
Delaware v. Michigan State

2.716

1.7

0.9

3/20 4:55 PM

TNT

39

NCAA Tournament Second Round:
Manhattan v. Louisville

2.604

1.7

1.1

3/20 10:25 PM

TNT

40

NCAA Tournament Third Round:
Mercer v. Tennessee

2.497

1.5

0.8

3/23 6:00 PM

TNT

41

NCAA Tournament Second Round:
Connecticut v. Villanova

2.467

1.5

0.9

3/21 9:40 PM

TBS

42

NCAA Tournament Second Round:
Western Michigan v. Syracuse

2.423

1.8

 

3/20 2:45 PM

CBS

43

NCAA Tournament First Four:
Tennessee v. Iowa

2.227

1.4

0.8

3/19 9:15 PM

truTV

44

NCAA Tournament Third Round:
North Dakota State v. San Diego State

2.047

1.2

0.8

3/22 6:00 PM

TNT

45

NCAA Tournament Third Round:
Stephen F. Austin v. UCLA

2.021

1.2

0.7

3/23 7:00 PM

TBS

46

NCAA Tournament Second Round

1.947

1.4

0.7

3/21 4:30 PM

TBS

47

NCAA Tournament Second Round

1.944

1.4

0.7

3/21 4:45 PM

TNT

48

NCAA Tournament Third Round:
Baylor v. Creighton

1.865

1.1

0.6

3/23 8:00 PM

truTV

49

NCAA Tournament Second Round

1.854

1.2

0.7

3/21 10:00 PM

TNT

50

NCAA Tournament Second Round

1.837

1.2

0.7

3/20 4:00 PM

TBS

51

NCAA Tournament Second Round:
North Dakota State v. Oklahoma

1.707

1.1

0.6

3/20 7:45 PM

truTV

52

NCAA Tournament First Four:
NC State v. Xavier

1.651

1.1

0.6

3/18 9:05 PM

truTV

53

NCAA Tournament Second Round

1.61

1.0

0.6

3/21 8:00 PM

truTV

54

NCAA Tournament Second Round

1.606

1.0

0.7

3/20 2:00 PM

TNT

54

NCAA Tournament Second Round

1.606

1.0

 

3/20 2:00 PM

TNT

56

NCAA Tournament Second Round:
Dayton v. Syracuse

1.54

1.0

0.6

3/21 6:45 PM

TBS

57

NCAA Tournament Second Round:
Milwaukee v. Villanova

1.398

0.9

0.6

3/20 9:50 PM

TBS

58

NCAA Tournament Second Round

1.238

0.8

0.5

3/21 11:00 PM

truTV

59

NCAA Tournament First Four:
Mount St. Mary’s v. Albany

1.065

0.7

0.4

3/18 6:30 PM

truTV

60

NCAA Tournament Second Round:
New Mexico State v. San Diego State

1.032

0.7

0.5

3/20 10:55 PM

truTV

61

NCAA Tournament Second Round

1.01

0.7

 

3/21 3:21 PM

truTV

62

NCAA Tournament First Four:
Texas Southern v. Cal Poly

0.986

0.7

0.3

3/19 6:00 PM

truTV

63

NCAA Tournament Second Round

0.917

0.7

 

3/21 1:30 PM

TBS

64

NCAA Tournament Second Round

0.75

0.5

 

3/20 12:30 PM

truTV

65

NCAA Tournament Second Round

0.622

0.4

 

3/20 2:57 PM

truTV

66

NCAA Tournament Second Round

0.606

0.5

 

3/21 12:30 PM

truTV

67

NCAA Tournament Second Round

0.508

0.3

 

3/20 1:30 PM

TBS

Most Watched Women’s NCAA Tournament Games

    Vwr (mil) HH 18-49 Time Net

1

NCAA Women’s Basketball Champ.:
Connecticut v. Notre Dame

4.271

2.8

1.1

4/8 8:30 PM

ESPN

2

NCAA Women’s Tournament, Final 4:
Connecticut v. Stanford

2.312

1.5

0.6

4/6 8:45 PM

ESPN

3

NCAA Women’s Tournament, Final 4:
Notre Dame v. Maryland

1.806

1.2

0.4

4/6 6:30 PM

ESPN

4

NCAA Women’s Tournament, Sweet 16:
BYU v. Connecticut

1.469

0.9

 

3/29 4:38 PM

ESPN

5

NCAA Women’s Tournament, Elite 8:
Connecticut v. Texas A&M

1.32

0.9

0.3

3/31 9:45 PM

ESPN

6

NCAA Women’s Tournament, Elite 8:

Baylor @ Notre Dame

1.27

0.8

0.3

3/31 7:30 PM

ESPN

7

NCAA Women’s Tournament, Sweet 16:
Oklahoma State @ Notre Dame

1.194

0.8

 

3/29 2:37 PM

ESPN

8

NCAA Women’s Tournament, Sweet 16:
Maryland v. Tennessee

1.048

0.7

 

3/30 12:00 PM

ESPN

9

NCAA Women’s Tournament, Elite 8:
North Carolina @ Stanford

1.019

0.7

 

4/1 9:15 PM

ESPN

10

NCAA Women’s Tournament, Elite 8:
Maryland @ Louisville

0.967

0.7

 

4/1 7:00 PM

ESPN

11

NCAA Women’s Tournament, Sweet 16:
Kentucky v. Baylor

0.87

0.6

 

3/29 12:00 PM

ESPN

12

NCAA Women’s Tournament, 2nd Round

0.864

0.5

 

3/24 9:00 PM

ESPN2

13

NCAA Women’s Tournament, Sweet 16:
North Carolina v. South Carolina

0.772

0.5

 

3/30 7:00 PM

ESPN2

14

NCAA Women’s Tournament, Sweet 16:
DePaul v. Texas A&M

0.556

0.4

 

3/29 7:03 PM

ESPN

15

NCAA Women’s Tournament, 2nd Round

0.551

0.4

 

3/25 9:30 PM

ESPN2

15

NCAA Women’s Tournament, 1st Round

0.551

0.3

 

3/22 4:00 PM

ESPN2

17

NCAA Women’s Tournament, 2nd Round

0.534

0.4

 

3/25 7:00 PM

ESPN2

18

NCAA Women’s Tournament, 2nd Round

0.486

0.3

 

3/24 6:30 PM

ESPN2

19

NCAA Women’s Tournament, 1st Round:
Prairie View A&M @ Connecticut

0.474

0.3

 

3/23 8:00 PM

ESPN

20

NCAA Women’s Tournament, 1st Round

0.469

0.3

 

3/23 5:30 PM

ESPN

21

NCAA Women’s Tournament, Sweet 16:
LSU @ Louisville

0.447

0.3

 

3/30 2:30 PM

ESPN2

22

NCAA Women’s Tournament, 1st Round

0.436

0.2

 

3/22 6:30 PM

ESPN2

23

NCAA Women’s Tournament, 1st Round

0.433

0.3

 

3/23 3:00 PM

ESPN

24

NCAA Women’s Tournament, Sweet 16:
Penn State @ Stanford

0.373

0.3

 

3/30 4:30 PM

ESPN2

25

NCAA Women’s Tournament, 1st Round:

Notre Dame v. Robert Morris

0.317

0.2

 

3/22 1:30 PM

ESPN

26

NCAA Women’s Tournament, 1st Round

0.288

0.2

 

3/22 11:00 AM

ESPN2

27

NCAA Women’s Tournament, 1st Round

0.274

0.2

 

3/22 1:30 PM

ESPN2

28

NCAA Women’s Tournament, 1st Round

0.224

0.2

 

3/23 12:30 PM

ESPN2

29

NCAA Women’s Tournament, 1st Round

0.196

0.1

 

3/23 8:00 PM

ESPN2

30

NCAA Women’s Tournament, 2nd Round:
Connecticut v. St. Joseph’s

0.144

0.1

 

3/25 7:00 PM

ESPNU

31

NCAA Women’s Tournament, 2nd Round:
Notre Dame v. Arizona State

0.103

0.1

 

3/24 6:30 PM

ESPNN

Most Watched NIT Games

    Vwr (mil) HH 18-49 Time Net

1

NIT Championship: SMU v. Minnesota

1.308

0.9

0.4

4/3 7:00 PM

ESPN

2

NIT Round 1:
West Virginia @ Georgetown

0.994

0.7

 

3/18 7:00 PM

ESPN

3

NIT Octofinal: Illinois @ Clemson

0.974

0.7

 

3/23 11:00 AM

ESPN

4

NIT Quarterfinal:
Southern Miss @ Minnesota

0.948

0.6

0.3

3/25 9:00 PM

ESPN

5

NIT Round 1: Indiana State @ Arkansas

0.903

0.6

0.3

3/18 9:00 PM

ESPN

6

NIT Quarterfinal: Belmont @ Clemson

0.831

0.6

0.3

3/25 7:00 PM

ESPN

7

NIT Octofinal:
Georgetown @ Florida State

0.771

0.5

 

3/24 7:00 PM

ESPN

8

NIT Semifinal: Minnesota v. Florida St.

0.76

0.6

 

4/1 9:30 PM

ESPN2

9

NIT Octofinal: LSU @ SMU

0.675

0.5

0.2

3/24 9:00 PM

ESPN

10

NIT Octofinal: Louisiana Tech @ Georgia

0.664

0.5

 

3/22 11:00 AM

ESPN

11

NIT Round 1: Illinois @ Boston Univ.

0.609

0.4

 

3/19 7:00 PM

ESPN2

12

NIT Quarterfinal: California @ SMU

0.573

0.4

 

3/26 9:24 PM

ESPN2

13

NIT Semifinal: Clemson v. SMU

0.553

0.4

 

4/1 7:00 PM

ESPN2

14

NIT Round 1: Davidson @ Missouri

0.548

0.4

 

3/18 9:14 PM

ESPN2

15

NIT Quarterfinal:
Louisiana Tech @ Florida State

0.498

0.4

 

3/26 7:00 PM

ESPN2

16

NIT Round 1: UC Irvine @ SMU

0.475

0.3

 

3/19 9:03 PM

ESPN2

17

NIT Octofinal: Arkansas @ California

0.39

0.3

 

3/24 11:15 PM

ESPN2

18

NIT Round 1:
Florida Gulf Coast @ Florida State

0.377

0.3

 

3/18 7:00 PM

ESPN2

19

NIT Round 1: Utah @ St. Mary’s

0.308

0.2

 

3/18 11:10 PM

ESPN2

20

NIT Octofinal: St. Mary’s @ Minnesota

0.204

0.1

 

3/23 3:00 PM

ESPN2

21

NIT Round 1: Vermont @ Georgia

0.145

0.1

 

3/19 8:00 PM

ESPNU

22

NIT Octofinal: Southern Miss @ Missouri

0.129

0.1

 

3/23 5:30 PM

ESPNU

23

NIT Round 1: LSU @ San Francisco

0.124

0.1

 

3/19 10:01 PM

ESPNU

24

NIT Round 1: Georgia State @ Clemson

0.12

0.1

 

3/18 9:03 PM

ESPNU

25

NIT Round 1: Robert Morris @ St. John’s

0.068

0.0

 

3/18 7:00 PM

ESPNU

26

NIT Octofinal: Robert Morris @ Belmont

0.026

0.0

 

3/21 9:30 PM

ESPNU

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