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Final Ratings: Duke-Syracuse Thriller Ranks As ESPN's Third-Highest CBB Audience

ESPN averaged 4.7 million viewers for Duke-Syracuse last Saturday night, marking the net’s third-best regular-season college basketball audience on record. The only two games to draw a better audience were North Carolina-Duke (5.6 million viewers) and Tennessee-Memphis (5.3 million viewers) from the ’07-08 season. Both of those games involved two teams ranked at the time in the top three. Duke-Syracuse set local ESPN ratings records for a regular-season college basketball telecast in Buffalo and N.Y. (ESPN).

The charts below list final ratings from recent sports telecasts.

TELECAST
DATE
NET
TIME (ET)
RAT.
VIEWERS (000)
Super Bowl XLVIII: Seahawks-Broncos
2/2
Fox
6:33-9:55pm
46.7
112,191
"Super Bowl XLVIII Postgame Show"
2/2
Fox
10:03-10:23pm
28.3
65,780
"Super Bowl Sunday Pregame Show"
2/2
Fox
2:00-6:33pm
12.0
23,200
"Super Bowl: Greatest Commercials"
1/29
CBS
8:00-9:00pm
5.8
9,636
"Saturday Night Live: Sports Spectacular"
1/30
NBC
9:00-11:00pm
2.9
4,792
"Football America: Our Stories"
2/2
Fox
1:00-2:00pm
2.5
3,953
PGA Tour: Waste Management Phoenix Open: Final Round
2/2
CBS
3:05-6:03pm
2.3
3,582
"NFL Honors"
2/1
Fox
8:00-10:00pm
1.9
3,126
Soccer friendly: Mexico-South Korea
1/29
UniMas
8:46-11:07pm
1.5
2,982
PGA Tour: Waste Management Phoenix Open: Third Round
2/1
CBS
3:17-6:10pm
2.0
2,744
"Road to the Super Bowl"
2/2
Fox
12:00-1:00pm
1.8
2,738
College Basketball: Michigan-Indiana
2/2
CBS
1:00-3:05pm
1.5
2,367
Purina Incredible Dog Challenge
2/2
NBC
5:00-6:00pm
1.2
2,098
College Basketball: Kentucky-Missouri
2/1
CBS
1:00-3:17pm
1.3
1,842
Four Continents Figure Skating Championships
2/1
NBC
4:30-6:00pm
1.2
1,784
World's Strongest Man
2/2
CBS
12:00-1:00pm
1.1
1,780
"X Games Aspen Rewind"
2/1
ABC
1:00-5:00pm
0.8
1,151
NHL: Red Wings-Capitals
2/2
NBC
12:30-3:30pm
0.7
1,085
Liga MX: Chivas de Guadalajara-Cruz Azul
2/1
UniMas
7:48-10:00pm
0.6
1,066
Figure Skating: Tribute to American Legends of the Ice
2/1
NBC
2:30-4:30pm
0.7
1,009
"ESPN Sports Saturday"
2/1
ABC
5:00-6:00pm
0.7
967
Liga MX: Club America-Atlante
2/1
Univision
5:55-8:00pm
0.6
929
Red Bull Signature Series: Frozen Rush
2/2
NBC
3:30-5:00pm
0.5
896
"EPL Match of the Day"
2/1
NBC
12:30-2:30pm
0.3
497
TELECAST
DATE
NET
TIME (ET)
RAT.
VIEWERS (000)
College Basketball: Duke-Syracuse
2/1
ESPN
6:28-9:02pm
2.9
4,745
NBA: Thunder-Heat
1/29
ESPN
6:59-9:39pm
2.4
3,864
NBA: Heat-Knicks
2/1
ESPN
9:02-11:13pm
1.7
2,645
College Basketball: Michigan State-Iowa
1/28
ESPN
7:00-9:26pm
1.4
2,184
"Sunday NFL Countdown"
2/2
ESPN
10:00am-2:00pm
1.4
2,100
NBA: Bulls-Spurs
1/29
ESPN
9:39pm-12:00am
1.3
2,043
College Basketball: Kansas-Texas
2/1
ESPN
4:11-6:25pm
1.3
1,924
College Basketball: Kentucky-LSU
1/28
ESPN
9:26-11:16pm
1.2
1,891
College Basketball: Ohio State-Wisconsin
2/1
ESPN
12:00-2:03pm
1.2
1,716
NBA: Thunder-Nets
1/31
ESPN
8:04-10:35pm
1.2
1,710
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