Men’s, Women’s NCAA Basketball Neck and Neck For Watch-Time

Basketball owns three of the top five spots in Inscape's ranking of the most-watched programming for Mar. 27-Apr. 2.

Men’s, Women’s NCAA Basketball Neck and Neck For Watch-Time
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The final week of March Madness scored big for watch-time, with the men’s tournament capturing 1.45% of all live, linear minutes watched, per data from Inscape. Meanwhile, the women’s tournament was close behind at 1.41%. It’s worth noting that there were more women’s games than men’s during the period measured (five vs. two), including the women’s national championship on Sunday, Apr. 2 — so more opportunities for people to tune-in, bolstering women’s watch-time in general.

  • With 0.95% of watch-time, NBA jumps into the top five, up from No. 10 the previous week.
  • The new MLB season kicked off on Mar. 30, with all 30 teams playing on Opening Day, reportedly the first time that’s happened since 1968. The MLB games captured 0.85% of minutes watched during the week, putting it solidly in sixth place.
  • On the network side of things, CBS once again leads the ranking, although it saw a slight decrease in watch-time week-over-week, down to 8.05% from 8.17% previously. The men’s Final Four, The Price Is Right, CBS Mornings and the 2023 CMT Music Awards were some of the top programs contributing to CBS’s share of minutes watched.

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