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3.12 million people watched Kentucky beat Duke

© Dennis Wierzbicki

© Dennis Wierzbicki

© Dennis Wierzbicki

Tuesday was the unofficial start to the college basketball season for most of the country and judging by the numbers, a LOT of people tuned in to see the Cats take down the Blue Devils. According to ESPN, Kentucky’s win over Duke averaged 3.12 million viewers, making it the second most watched Champions Classic game ever, behind the 2014 Michigan State-Duke contest.

As cord cutting becomes more and more popular, plenty of people watched online too. The game was WatchESPN’s most-watched college basketball game ever, attracting an additional 78,000 average minute impressions to the TV audience, 268,000 total unique viewers and 10,300,000 live minutes viewed — up 39 percent, 22 percent and 12 percent, respectively compared to the previous high (UNC-Duke on Feb. 18, 2015).

Neat. FYI, sharing these numbers was really just an excuse to watch the highlights again:

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11 Comments for 3.12 million people watched Kentucky beat Duke

  1. CatsFanFrankfort
    12:21 pm November 19, 2015 Permalink

    Love the highlights, and hate to nitpick, but didn’t WE play Michigan St. in the 2013 Classic, not Duke?

    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      12:22 pm November 19, 2015 Permalink

      That’s what was on the release from ESPN, but you’re right. They must have meant 2014.

    • BigBlueBBNfan
      11:14 pm November 19, 2015 Permalink

      It says
      “behind the 2014 Michigan State-Duke contest.”

  2. RealCatsFan
    12:38 pm November 19, 2015 Permalink

    Listening to Jerry Eaves sports radio show that comes on after KSR, and he (and Butch Beard) are saying that K was basically losing the game on purpose, and that he will play UK differently in March. Not buying it – sure, he might do things differently based on scouting, but don’t you think the UK coaching staff might do the same? You have to give Cal credit for making adjustments to take Plumlee out of the game. Sounds like a lot of the bird fans are butt hurt that we took down the ACC’s flagship team, and did it in convincing fashion. It’s all they have left to cling to. 🙂

    • J-Dub421
      12:46 pm November 19, 2015 Permalink

      They see the writing on the wall and know that we’ll beat Louisville much worse than we beat Duke. Also, implying Coach K would ever willingly lose a game is ludicrous.

    • Mathlete
      1:03 pm November 19, 2015 Permalink

      Coach K totally threw the game. He told Grayson Allen to toss up 9 bricks and Brandon Ingram 5 more. Then he put Luke Kennard in the game so he’d miss 5 more. He specifically asked his team to cough up 2 turnovers for everyone 1 UK committed and to stop rebounding on offense after about 7 minutes into the first half.

      It was all done so Marshall Plumlee could have one game where he felt pretty important.

  3. Megan
    1:31 pm November 19, 2015 Permalink

    Why is Ulis wearing shoes that are Carolina blue?

  4. ukjaybrat
    1:35 pm November 19, 2015 Permalink

    hey cats paw… how many people watched the Louisville game that night ?

    i hear all the louisville talk show hosts blaming the empty seats on traffic. which is complete BS. traffic hurts the tipoff empty seats, not halftime…

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  5. Shawn Kemp
    2:08 pm November 19, 2015 Permalink

    Sooo… the entire population equivalent to Albania. #BBN