Five-games decided by one point lead to highest overnight rating ever for first Thursday of NCAA tournament

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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:

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.