NCAA Wrestling Championships reach nearly 8 Million fans; Set a primetime viewership record

By Derek Volner, ESPN | March 22, 2018, 1:06 p.m. (ET)
Best Viewership Ever for Second Round; Top Three Most-Watched Semifinals Ever

ESPN’s presentation of the NCAA Wrestling Championships from Cleveland reached nearly eight million fans over the course of the three days (March 15-17) as ESPN televised all six sessions of the high energy event for the fifth straight year.

Second Round Draws Record Numbers; Semifinals Audience Among Best Ever
Fans tuned into the first night of competition in record numbers, as ESPN averaged 308,000 viewers (Match 15, 8 p.m. ET), the network’s best viewership for the second round ever.

The audience increased the next two nights, as the semifinals (March 16, 8 p.m.) averaged 451,000 viewers on ESPN and the finals (March 17, 8 p.m.) averaged 628,000 viewers on ESPN2. The semifinals are the third best audience ever for the round and up from last year’s semifinals (443,000 viewers).

The medal round, airing on ESPNU (March 17, 11 a.m.), averaged 153,000 viewers, up 6% from last year and was the most-watched since 2015.