First Four: NCAA Tournament’s Newest Round On Par with Previous Play-In Games


The newly-created ‘First Four’ round of the NCAA Tournament was not exactly a ratings blockbuster on TruTV, but still earned numbers comparable to the play-in games of previous years.

On Tuesday, Clemson’s comfortable win over UAB drew a 0.9 and 1.354 million viewers on TruTV, the highest rated, most-viewed game of the First Four.

Earlier in the night, UNC-Asheville’s overtime victory over Arkansas-Little Rock drew a 0.8 U.S. rating and 1.200 million viewers.

Wednesday’s action started with a ratings stinker, as Texas-San Antonio’s blowout of Alabama State drew just a 0.5 and 786,000 viewers.

In the nightcap, VCU’s defeat of USC earned a 0.8 and 1.253 million viewers.

For comparison purposes, last year’s NCAA Tournament play-in game between Winthrop and Arkansas Pine-Bluff drew a 0.8 and 1.053 million viewers on ESPN. The play-in game drew at least a 0.8 rating each year from 2007-2010 (ratings prior to 2007 were not available).

(Turner Sports)