If you listen to the media, you would think the NCAA torunament is the most popular sporting event. You would think with all the office pools, that eveyone is watching the tournament.
Well the ratings are in, and they are not pretty.
The game Monday night got an 11.0 rating. The Superbowl by comparison gets ratings between 40-45. 4-times as large.
Granted the SuperBowl is a poor comparison, that is more like a national holiday. But the NFC and AFC championship games get ratings between 25-30. The round before that gets ratings in the 20-25 range.
The average Sunday afternoon NFL game gets ratings of approx 13, 14. Monday night football gets 13 or 14.
The college football championship game last year got 19.5, this year it was approx 18.
Indianapolis is always one of the highest rated cities for the NCAA basketball. But if you look at cities like Miami, LA, San Fran. Seattle, their ratings hardly register.
lasts year the final game got a 12.5.
Some of you are probably wodnering why I have not compared the NBA to college. Well OK.
last year's NBA Finals got 8,9's, which were horrible numbers. When the pacers played the lakers in 2000, the national numbers were 14's and 15's.
Keep in mind I think the only valid comparison would be a game 7 of the NBA finals vs the NCAA championship game.
If the Lakers play the Pacers for example in the NBA finals and it goes to a game 7, the national ratings will be over a 17.
Just trying to out a little perspective on just how popular college basketball is.