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This year Ohio Valley Conference championship game was one of the most exciting games of the season, and the ratings back that up. The OVC title game between Belmont and Murray State tied for the highest rating of conference championship games aired on ESPN2, and was second in total viewers.

According to Sports Media Watch, the OVC title game garnered a 0.3 rating, with 542 thousand total viewers. The Summit league also had an 0.3 rating, with 551 thousand viewers.

The OVC semifinal game between Belmont and Tennessee State the night before on ESPNU had a 0.0 rating, and 53-thousand viewers.

The highest rated conference title game this year was the Big Ten title game between Wisconsin and Ohio State, with a 3.0 rating on CBS, just before the NCAA Tournament selection show. The Big East title game between Louisville and Syracuse was the highest rated on an ESPN network, scoring a 2.1 rating and 3.4 million viewers.


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  1. Thanks OVC making noise if Tenn St was involved would have been higher!!!
  2. Jonathan Scott:
    I take pride in that OVC is slowly getting better with a growing interest in the league
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2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVCOverall

EAST

Belmont8-014-4
Morehead State6-310-12
Tennessee Tech5-39-14
Jacksonville State5-413-11
Tennessee State4-413-8
Eastern Kentucky2-69-14

WEST

UT Martin5-315-8
Murray State5-311-11
SEMO5-310-13
Austin Peay3-57-15
Eastern Illinois1-79-12
SIUE0-85-17
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