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North Carolina-Duke: Third Highest-Rated Regular Season College Basketball Game on Record for ESPN


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  • Highest-Rated College Basketball Game Across All Networks This Season

Last night’s marquee college basketball game between No. 8 North Carolina and No. 1 Duke (9 p.m.  ET, ESPN) delivered a 3.2 overnight rating, making it the third highest-rated regular season college basketball game* on ESPN. The historic rivalry game is now highest rated college basketball game of the season across all networks.

The top five markets were Raleigh-Durham, Greensboro-High Point, Charlotte and Norfolk, who all set season-high market ratings, as well as Louisville.

Rank Market Rating
1 Raleigh-Durham 13.0
2 Greensboro-High Point 12.0
3 Charlotte 11.0
4 Louisville 9.5
5 Norfolk 8.8


To date, ESPN has aired four of the top five highest-rated games across all networks this season.

Rivalry Week presented by Wendy’s continues this week with a number of matchups across ESPN networks, including No. 5 Tennessee at No. 13 LSU (noon, ESPN), the Saturday Primetime game between No. 1 Duke and Syracuse (6 p.m., ESPN), and No. 12 Kansas at No. 14 Texas Tech (8 p.m., ESPN).

*Note: ESPN records date back to 2002; Superlatives do not include Champ Week games