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2011 Women's NCAA Title Game Earns 2.7 Rating

The 2011 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship game between Texas A&M and Notre Dame on ESPN earned a 2.8 Nielsen rating with an average audience of 3.8 million viewers – - up slightly from a 2.7 rating and 3.5 million viewers last year between Connecticut and Stanford.

Despite the Huskies getting bounced from the Final Four, Hartford had the highest local rating at 7.4, followed by Indianapolis (7.2), Knoxville (7.1), Tulsa (5.3), Louisville (5.1) and Austin (5.0).

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Changing How Big Hits Are Broadcast

The New York Times ran a features on Cris Collinsworth over the weekend. Alan Schwarz‘s story focuses on the announcer’s growing disgust with big hits, but one quote stuck out.

Fred Gaudelli, the producer of Sunday Night Football, discussed how he and his crew have altered their replays because of the focus on big hits.

“We showed the Miller hit, but we weren’t celebrating, ‘Wow, what a great hit by Jameel McClain!’” he said. “We are all sensitized to what is going on now. Five years ago, we’d be saying: ‘What a hit! Wow! Let’s play this from five angles!’ Five years ago you would have had a much different way to characterize it and cover it.”

Would you even need to go back five years ago? Read more