Was Thursday the best day in the history of the NCAA tournament?
It made a very strong case. It also brought in a record-setting audience. The NCAA announced that 16 games on Thursday averaged a 6.6/14 overnight ratings/share, marking the highest rating ever for the first Thursday of the NCAA tournament.
Five games were decided by one point:
- Georgia State over Baylor
- UAB over Iowa State
- UCLA over SMU
- NC State over LSU
- Cincinnati over Purdue
That doesn’t include the other four games decided by four points or fewer.
According to the Neislen ratings, this record-setting rating is up 10 percent from the 2014 NCAA Tournament.