Final Four: Baylor/Notre Dame Most-Viewed Women’s Title Game in Eight Years

Posted by | April 4, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Even in a blowout, Baylor and star Brittney Griner were able to attract an impressive crowd to the Women’s NCAA Tournament title game.

Tuesday’s Baylor/Notre Dame Women’s NCAA Tournament National Championship Game earned a 2.7 U.S. rating and 4.244 million viewers on ESPN, up 13% in ratings and 11% in viewership from last year (TAMU/ND: 2.4, 3.831M), and up 17% and 20%, respectively, from 2010 (CONN/STAN: 2.3, 3.531M).

The ranks as the highest rated and most-viewed National Championship Game since Connecticut/Tennessee in 2004 (3.5, 5.583M).

Overall, Baylor’s ranks as the fifth-most viewed title game since ESPN began televising the event in 1996.

Ratings For Women’s NCAA Tournament Title Game
Past decade
All ratings are U.S. ratings

(Tuesday’s numbers obtained from ESPN Media Zone)

  • H.R. Pufnstuf

    Mr.Paulsen how does the Women’s title game compare to these other NCAA national championships. D-1 FBS FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, Ice Hockey Frozen Four final, Men’s Lacrosse final, Base Ball CWS (best of 3) and lastly Women’s Softball best of 3. 

     I would think the Women’s title game 2.7 gets the highest rating over these other sports I named, but in some years such as  2010 when the game only had a 1.9  it’s probably  close or another one of the sports  may have been more watched. 

    • Paulsen

       That’s a good question. I was going to include a comparison to other NCAA events in this post, but I could only find the numbers for last year’s CWS — a 1.4 and 2.233 million for the two-game South Carolina/Florida series.