ESPN's coverage of the 2012-13 NCAA men's basketball regular
season averaged 1.37 million viewers over 135 games, making it the net's
That surpassed the previous record, set by last year's
season with 1.35 million over 130 games. ESPN also matched last year's average
of a 1.1 coverage rating.
Individually, the most-watched game was the Feb. 2 tilt
between Indiana and Michigan, which drew 4.04 million viewers. It was also the
highest-rated with a 2.9 coverage rating. The Feb. 19 matchup between Indiana
and Michigan State was the second-most watched game with 3.73 million viewers,
followed by Duke-Miami on March 2 with 2.46 million viewers.
For the 11th straight year, Louisville was the highest-rated
metered market for ESPN's regular-season telecasts, averaging a 4.5 rating.
Greensboro (N.C.) finished in second place for the second straight year with a
ESPN's TV networks -- which include ESPN2 and
ESPNU -- combined to telecast 602 games, which averaged 508,000 viewers.