Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Hartford/New Haven lags in ESPN's 2014-15 men's college basketball TV ratings

Not sure what this says, but I think it says something.

Here are ESPN's TV ratings for the 2014-15 season. Hartford/New Haven ranks 29th, with a 0.97 rating, behind that hoops hotbed of Tampa/St. Pete and just ahead of San Diego. San Diego?

(Officially, Hartford finishes tied for 26th, since the numbers are rounded off. So Hartford gets a 0.8, along with Chicago, Jacksonville, Tampa, San Diego and Albuquerque).

You wonder one of the reasons why Louisville got the ACC invite over UConn? Louisville tops the list for the 13th straight year, this time with a 5.95 rating, nearly double second-place Greensboro-High Point, North Carolina's 3.02. Sure, Louisville certainly gets a big bump from all the Kentucky fans in the area, as well, but it still shows that the 'Ville is a hoops hotbed.

The AAC actually does pretty well on the list. Cincinnati (No. 6) and Memphis (No. 10) are in the top 10. Sure, Cincy also probably gets a boost from the UK fans (maybe Ohio State fans, too), but the numbers are what they are.

But perhaps the AAC is one of the reasons Hartford's numbers are where they are. In 2011-12, Hartford ranked 17th on the list. In 2012-13 (the postseason ban season) they were 14th. Last season, Hartford was in about the same place as it is this year.

It should be pointed out that these are only the ratings for games on ESPN (not any ESPN2, ESPNU or anything like that), so we're only talking about a handful of UConn games. But if you take into account all the ESPN platforms (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNews), Hartford isn't much better -- tied for 22nd.

Louisville 5.95 656,900
Greensboro-High Point 3.02 689,040
Raleigh-Durham 2.73 1,135,920
Kansas City 2.44 923,290
Columbus, OH 2.08 913,550
Cincinnati 1.89 876,290
Dayton 1.87 466,930
Indianapolis 1.85 1,082,690
Charlotte 1.80 1,154,040
Memphis 1.76 653,560
Norfolk-Portsmth-N. Nws 1.68 714,410
Knoxville 1.68 515,190
Richmond 1.59 548,680
Greenville-Sprtnburg-Ash 1.50 842,020
Nashville 1.46 1,002,840
Milwaukee 1.35 893,210
Las Vegas 1.29 718,820
Oklahoma City 1.23 704,490
New Orleans 1.15 641,150
Birmingham 1.10 710,180
Tulsa 1.07 530,200
Atlanta 1.03 2,334,520
Baltimore 0.98 1,092,620
Detroit 0.93 1,833,320
Washington, DC 0.91 2,408,990
Chicago 0.82 3,477,250
Jacksonville-N. Brunswk. 0.81 659,630
Tampa-St. Pete 0.80 1,822,550
Hartford & New Haven 0.79 968,450
San Diego 0.76 1,054,350
Albuquerque 0.75 679,380
Buffalo 0.72 612,110
Phoenix 0.70 1,834,360
Salt Lake City 0.69 897,390
Cleveland 0.69 1,469,190
St. Louis 0.66 1,226,860
Austin 0.64 729,300
Minneapolis-St. Paul 0.63 1,730,170
New York 0.63 7,442,270
Pittsburgh 0.63 1,173,320
Denver 0.62 1,565,760
Ft. Myers 0.61 506,610
Orlando 0.60 1,472,960
Philadelphia 0.58 2,953,760
Dallas-Ft. Worth 0.55 2,603,680
Sacramento 0.55 1,345,960
San Antonio 0.53 911,680
Providence 0.50 605,930
Miami-Ft. Lauderdale 0.44 1,632,760
Houston 0.44 2,301,230
Boston 0.42 2,423,640
Seattle-Tacoma 0.40 1,802,920
Portland, OR 0.40 1,154,070
Los Angeles 0.34 5,523,800
San Francisco 0.32 2,476,860

ALL ESPN NETWORKS

Louisville 1.80
Greensboro-High Point 1.00
Kansas City 0.90
Raleigh-Durham 0.90
Knoxville 0.70
Cincinnati 0.60
Memphis 0.60
Richmond 0.60
Dayton 0.60
Oklahoma City 0.60
Columbus, OH 0.60
Indianapolis 0.50
Charlotte 0.50
Norfolk-Portsmth-N. Nws 0.50
Tulsa 0.50
Las Vegas 0.50
Greenville-Sprtnburg-Ash 0.50
Nashville 0.40
Birmingham 0.40
Milwaukee 0.40
New Orleans 0.40
Albuquerque 0.30
Washington, DC 0.30
Hartford & New Haven 0.30
Atlanta 0.30
Baltimore 0.30
Salt Lake City 0.30

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The confrence plays a big part...going from the Big East and competing with power houses to AAC? Disrespectful to Uconn

March 18, 2015 at 11:22 AM 
Blogger David Borges said...

Fair point. But shouldn't fans tune into their favorite team no matter who they're playing -- Syracuse or Tulane?

March 18, 2015 at 11:26 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

True die hards may watch every game regardless of opponent, but for the vast majority of fans it was much more entertaining to watch UConn play in the Big East. Let's face it, games against Tulane or East Carolina aren't exactly appointment viewing.

March 18, 2015 at 12:54 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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March 19, 2015 at 3:02 AM 

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