The 2011 College World Series television ratings improved over last season with a major improvement in the championship series between SEC rivals Florida and South Carolina according to a press release from ESPN. The full press release is available below.
ESPN and ESPN2’s complete coverage of the College World Series posted audience growth over last year, highlighted by significant increases for both telecasts of the championship finals.
The best-of-three championship, won in two games by South Carolina, averaged 2,233,000 total viewers, 1,618,000 households and a 1.6 rating, marking increases of 43% (vs. 1,558,000), 33% (vs. 1,220,000) and 33% (vs. 1.2), respectively, over last year.
Overall, ESPN’s 11 telecasts averaged 1,310,000 viewers, 994,000 households and a 1.0 rating for increases of 9% (vs. 1, 198,000), 7% (vs. 933,000) and 11% (vs. 0.9), respectively, over last year’s six contests. ESPN2 also showed growth, averaging 999,000 viewers, 771,000 households and a 0.8 rating for four games, marking increases of 26% (vs. 794,000), 28% (vs. 603,000) and 33% (vs. 0.6).