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Basketball Dominates Top Sports Telecasts Since Super Bowl

Since the Super Bowl, basketball has dominated the list of the most-watched sports telecasts. Through the end of April, telecasts around the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and NBA have accounted for 20 of the top 25 most-viewed sports telecasts. Taking the top spot during that time frame was the Virginia-Texas Tech NCAA men’s title game on CBS with 19.7 million viewers, followed by the Michigan State-Duke Elite 8 game (16.2 million viewers) and Texas Tech-Michigan State national semifinal (15.8 million viewers). The top non-basketball telecast during this window was the first round of the NFL Draft, which drew a combined average audience of 11.1 million viewers across ABC, ESPN and NFL Network. Other non-hoops telecasts to crack the top 25 included the weekend rounds at The Masters and Daytona 500.

RANK
TELECAST
DATE
NET
VIEWERS
(000)
1
NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Virginia-Texas Tech
4/8
CBS
19,723
2
NCAA Tournament: Elite Eight: Michigan State-Duke
3/31
CBS
16,197
3
NCAA Tournament: Semifinal: Texas Tech-Michigan State
4/6
CBS
15,840
4
NCAA Tournament: Semifinal: Virginia-Auburn
4/6
CBS
12,967
5
NCAA Tournament: Second Round: Duke-UCF
3/24
CBS
12,880
6
NFL Draft: Round 1
4/25
ABC/ESPN/
NFL Net
11,126
7
The Masters: Final Round
4/14
CBS
10,810
8
NCAA Tournament: Elite Eight: Auburn-Kentucky
3/31
CBS
10,493
9
NCAA Tournament: Elite Eight: Virginia-Purdue
3/30
TBS
10,486
10
NCAA Tournament: Sweet 16: Duke-Virginia Tech
3/29
CBS
10,072
11
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Daytona 500
2/17
Fox
9,170
12
NCAA Tournament: Second Round: Kentucky-Wofford
3/23
CBS
8,957
13
NCAA Tournament: Second Round: North Carolina-Washington
3/24
CBS
8,918
14
NCAA Tournament: Second Round: Michigan-Florida
3/23
CBS
8,881
15
The Masters: Third Round
4/13
CBS
8,627
16
NCAA Tournament: Elite Eight: Texas Tech-Gonzaga
3/30
TBS
7,722
17
"NCAA Basketball Championship Pregame"
4/8
CBS
7,469
18
NFL Draft: Rounds 2-3
4/26
ABC/ESPN/
ESPN2/NFL Net
7,287
19
NBA Western Conference Semifinals: Rockets-Warriors: Game 1
4/28
ABC
7,256
20
NBA All-Star Game
2/17
TNT/TBS
6,797
21
NCAA Tournament: Second Round: Tennessee-Iowa
3/24
CBS
6,560
22
NCAA Tournament: Second Round: Michigan State-Minnesota
3/23
CBS
6,489
23
NBA Western Conference First Round: Warriors-Clippers: Game 4
4/21
ABC
6,294
24
NCAA Tournament: First Round: Duke-North Dakota State
3/22
CBS
6,223
25
NCAA Tournament Selection Show
3/17
CBS
6,207
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