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NCAA Tournament Selection Show Headed To TBS For First Time

The NCAA Selection Show will move to TBS for the first time this year, with the show slated for March 11 at 6:00pm ET. According to terms of the NCAA Tournament rights deal signed by CBS and Turner Sports, the network that carries the Final Four and Championship game also has the rights to carry the Selection Show. Turner did not exercise that right two years ago when it carried the Final Four and Championship game, though it will this year. The Selection Show will return to CBS in ’19 when the net carries the Final Four and Championship game. A formal announcement is expected later this afternoon. CBS typically has used the Big Ten conference championship game as a lead-in to the Selection Show. This year, that game will be played a week earlier than usual. CBS on Selection Sunday will still have the AAC title game. TBS will use regular programming as a lead-in, though it ironically will be a syndicated episode of CBS' “The Big Bang Theory.” TBS also plans to run promos throughout the day. CBS and Turner will co-produce the two-hour show, with a mix of the two networks’ talent: Greg Gumbel and Ernie Johnson as hosts, and Clark Kellogg, Charles Barkley, Seth Davis and Kenny Smith as analysts. The show was criticized heavily two years ago when it dragged out revealing the brackets throughout the two-hour show. While a Turner spokesperson would not comment on the show’s specific format, they said the bracket reveal would be in the front portion of the two-hour show this year.

MARCH MADNESS SELECTION SHOW AUDIENCE TREND ON CBS
YEAR
VIEWERS (000)
'17
4,883
'16
5,245
'15
5,486
'14
6,763
'13
6,504
'12
5,903
'11
6,476
'10
6,664
'09
7,079
'08
6,176
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