STORRS, Conn. – Top-ranked UConn’s 100th-consecutive victory over No. 6 South Carolina last night delivered a 0.9 overnight rating, marking the highest-rated college basketball game on ESPN2 this season among men’s and women’s telecasts, and the highest-rated women’s college basketball regular season game since 2010.
Online, the game also attracted 69,000 unique viewers with a total of 1,700,000 minutes watched, which makes this matchup the most streamed women’s college basketball regular-season game to date televised by ESPN. The Big Monday matchup ties Tennessee vs. Duke (Jan. 23, 2006) as the fourth-highest regular-season women’s college basketball game across all ESPN networks.
Hartford/New Haven, the No. 1 local market, earned a 14.3 local rating, making this the highest-rated women’s college basketball game in markets across all ESPN networks since 2010. Greenville was second with a 2.3 rating, followed by Knoxville (2.0), Charlotte (1.7) and Cincinnati (1.6).
Meanwhile, UConn women’s basketball ratings on SNY continue to grow. Saturday’s game against SMU garnered the highest rating (.50) in the New York market of any UConn women’s basketball game on SNY. In fact, out of 85 live games since November 2012, the five highest-rated games in the New York market have aired in 2017.
Saturday’s game registered a 6.48 rating in the Hartford-New Haven market, which is the fourth-highest rated UConn women’s basketball telecast of the year. Through 14 telecasts, UConn women’s basketball is averaging a 5.77 rating, which is up 18 percent over last season through the same number of games.