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ESPN’S Frozen Four Telecasts up Significantly Year-Over-Year; Three-Game Event and National Championship Hit Multi-Year Highs


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  • National Championship up 40% Year-Over-Year, Most-Watched Since 2014
  • Frozen Four up 49% from Last Season, Most-Watched Since 2014

ESPN’s Frozen Four telecasts delivered significant audience increases in all three games and hit multi-year audience highs for the collective three game event and the national championship game.

Minnesota Duluth-Notre Dame is Most-Watched National Championship Game Since 2014
ESPN’s telecast of the Frozen Four National Championship between Minnesota Duluth and Notre Dame (April 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET) averaged 653,000 viewers, up 40% from the 2016-17 college hockey season finale (468,000 viewers) and is the most-watched Frozen Four National Championship since 2014, when Union captured the crown over Minnesota.

Three Game Frozen Four up 49% from Last Season
The Frozen Four National Championship game combined with the semifinals (April 5 at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.), averaged 409,000 viewers a game, up 49% from last year’s three games and is also the most-watched Frozen Four since 2014.

Each semifinal was also up year-over-year, as Michigan vs. Notre Dame (9:30 p.m.) averaged 334,000 viewers, up 115%, and Minnesota Duluth vs. Ohio State (6:30 p.m.) averaged 229,000, up 29%. Both games aired on ESPN2.


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