via press release:
ESPN NCAA Men’s CollegeTelecasts Posting Significant Audience Increases; Coverage Continues
ESPN’s 30th consecutive season of NCAA Men’s Collegecoverage is posting significant audience increases over last year. Through the first eight games, ESPN is averaging 1,278,000 total viewers, 976,000 households and a 1.0 , marking increases of 34% (vs. 955,000), 30% (vs. 750,000) and 25% (vs. 0.8), respectively, over 2008.
ESPN2 is averaging 897,000 total viewers and 689,000 households for increases of 5% (vs. 853,000) and 4% (vs. 664,000), respectively, over last year. The network is averaging a 0.7 rating, the same as last season through this point.