Attendance records were set. Coaches and players were happy. And so was ESPN.
The broadcast for the national title game between Oklahoma and Tennessee set a record-breaking metered market ratings in both Oklahoma City and Knoxville.
Per the NCAA:
“Knoxville delivered the highest metered market rating for any WCWS telecast on ESPN2 since 2007*, averaging an 11.9 rating for Game 1 of the Finals. The current 2007 record, a 15.3 metered market rating, is also held by Knoxville when Tennessee faced Arizona in the Finals.
“In addition, Game 1 and Game 2 set local Oklahoma City records for ESPN2 and ESPN, respectively. The telecasts averaged a 6.6 metered market rating for Game 1 and a 6.7 for Game 2 in Oklahoma City – the highest ratings for WCWS games in Oklahoma ever on either network. Game 2 in Knoxville averaged a 7.8.
“Approximately 1.2 million viewers around the nation tuned in for the 12-inning Oklahoma victory in Game 1 on ESPN2 and 1,315,000 for Game 2 on ESPN.
*Records go back to 2007