Indiana-Kansas draws highest viewership in Armed Forces Classic history

  • 11/15/2016 8:04 am in

Indiana’s primetime win over No. 3 Kansas on Friday night drew a record viewing audience for the Armed Forces Classic, ESPN announced on Monday.

According to ESPN, the live viewing audience for Indiana-Kansas was 1,592,000, which includes television and streaming.

The Arizona-Michigan State game drew 1,222,000 viewers and is the third highest viewed game in the event’s five-year history.

This was the first time in event history that the Armed Forces Classic has featured four teams. Previous Armed Forces Classic matchups include UConn-Michigan State in 2012, Oregon-Georgetown in 2013, Louisville-Minnesota in 2014 and Gonzaga-Pittsburgh last year, which was canceled due to poor floor conditions.

The full release from ESPN is available below:

ESPN’s Armed Forces Classic – a doubleheader for the first time in its five-year history – earned its single-game, highest rating with No. 11 Indiana’s 103-99 overtime, upset-win against No. 3 Kansas on opening night of the college basketball season – averaging a 0.9 overnight rating. The first game of the doubleheader – No. 10 Arizona’s 65-63 thrilling victory against No. 12 Michigan State – tied for the annual event’s third best overnight with a 0.7 rating with Louisville’s win over Minnesota in the 2014 Classic.

Streaming continues to grow at ESPN, evident with Friday night coverage of the Armed Forces Classic, more than doubling the previous events. The Indiana-Kansas overtime win had an average minute audience of 48,000 viewers, up 220 percent year over year. The first game of the doubleheader, showcasing Arizona’s win over Michigan State, saw a 140 percent increase with an average minute audience of 36,000 viewers.

The 2016 Armed Forces Classic – originated from the Stan Sheriff Center on the campus of the University of Hawaii in Honolulu with surrounding events at the U.S. Navy Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam – was played on Veterans Day, November 11, just under a month from the 75thanniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

The Armed Forces Classic is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN. The annual event is scheduled to continue for the foreseeable future with the 2017 event returning to Ramstein Air Base in Germany, featuring Texas A&M against West Virginia.

Armed Forces Classic Top-10 Metered Markets
Indianapolis, Kansas City and Louisville were among the top metered markets for both games of the Armed Forces doubleheader:

– Kansas City was the highest-rated market for Arizona’s win over Michigan State with a 2.9 rating followed by Indianapolis (2.8), Detroit (2.5), Dayton (1.8), Louisville (1.7) and Phoenix (1.6).
– Indianapolis was the highest-rated market for Indiana’s overtime, upset-win over Kansas with a 7.4 rating followed by Kansas City (7.3), Louisville (4.5), Raleigh-Durham (1.6). Richmond (1.3) and Seattle (1.3).

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  • SCHoosier

    Well ESPN has UK-MSU and Duke-KU tonight..let’s see how they do. In an article today..Self again whines about officials against IU..said his #1 recruit didn’t have a good game because he “got in early foul trouble land never got his rhythm.” Maybe OG had something to do with that.?

  • Ms hoosier

    He’s probably still a little upset over that freshman that he calls”Zero” outplayed his McDonald All American!!!!!

  • Ms hoosier

    Self would fit right in over on the other side of the Ohio in a town called Lexington!!!! No Class!!!

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    what a whiner. the officiating was indeed horrible, but was equally horrible. in fact, i believe they shot more ft’s than we did?

  • If that game had been at a better time slot it could have gotten more viewers.

  • Kyl470

    I’m sure he was ok with all the free throws Mason got when he would intentionally jump into defenders to try and get a foul called. IU had three players foul out and two of them were starters.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    2 years in a row where there were floor issues. Hopefully someone doesn’t get hurt before they fix the problem.

  • mharv2631

    I’m thinking it has a lot to do with humidity.

  • Bill Graham

    I hate the games tonight. Yes its a great schedule but I despise UK and I absolutely hate MSU. I hate that one of the two of them has to win…As for Duke v Kansas. I hate Duke. Just flat out hate them. They consistently play the dirtiest defense in the NCAA, they get every crap call, and their players are too egotistical. Normally I’d be excited for this game and route for Kansas. But even if Duke loses they will blame it on injuries and it will mean nothing.

  • Bill Graham

    Yes he’s a whiner. Always has been. But still I think there is a difference between Self and Coach K or Coach Cal.

    Self brings freshman along slowly and relies on upper-classmen.
    Furthermore, many of Self’s upper classmen are under ranked (EX: Perry Ellis (last year), Frank Mason, Landon Lucas, etc. etc.)
    Self wins because he’s a great coach. He switches defenses develops players, and recruits long term players that get degrees.

    So he can whine. And I’ll laugh at him. But I still think he is head and shoulders above Coach K and Coach Cal.

  • Icecreamncrimson

    And it doesn’t help that they were using towels and a small mop instead of those big round pads they usually have to dry the floor.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    Probably. Similar to floors on top of hockey rinks? It’s a never ending problem. The floor gets a little damp from humidity. A player slips. Now the floor is very moist. A 6 year-old dries it the same way he cleans up his dog’s mess under the dining room table (not very well). Another player slips in the same spot. The 6 year-old uses the already damp towel to smear the wetness across a larger area. And another player slips. Now 2 incompetent 6 year-olds are “helping” at the big game. Etc., etc., etc.

  • Lance76

    Agree with humidity. I have noticed floor slipping a lot in Maui too. We need to stay healthy to do well.

  • John D Murphy

    The announcers said it was an A/C’d building but they probably didn’t have the A/C cranked long enough before the games to draw the moisture up between the floor sections and from underneath.

  • John D Murphy

    They definitely got the better whistle.

  • vicbert caladipo

    I can’t stand PUKE, but I totally disagree. Coach K might be the best coach ever cept maybe Wooden. Self is no better than our coach and our coach at least exudes class and respect.

  • John D Murphy

    I think he was whining in prep for the game tonight. Officials are exposed to the media just like the rest of us. I bet there are early fouls called against people guarding Jackson.

  • vicbert caladipo

    I noticed the little kids cleaning the floor…All I can say is those kids have some rich high profile parents to get them to the island of paradise and on TV with a game so highly rated as this article states. Thinking I need to throw my # and email out there and volunteer for next year. I’d have that floor as dry as golden corral steak

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    That’s hilarious! You need to put that golden corral line on your application.

  • Veritas238

    Agreed. There is a reason Coach K coaches the Olympics team.

  • You don’t often see a 65-63 game described as “thrilling.” Hard-fought, defensive showdown, etc., maybe, but not usually “thrilling.”

  • And of course it _wasn’t_ in the better time slot because then the Arizona-MSU game would have done worse. I’m sure they were going for the average this year. 🙂

  • I mentioned in another thread that the officials made Mason look much, much better than he actually was, particularly at the end of regulation. If they would have called it clean, IU would have run away with the win. Self can go… well, do something unmentionable to himself.

  • You just made me throw up a little. Yeah, Coach K might be good, but I hate to hear those words uttered.

  • Arch Puddington

    Coach K might be the best coach ever INCLUDING Wooden. Obviously neither he nor anyone else will ever win 10 out of 12, but in today’s game Wooden wouldn’t be able to either. Far more good players than there were back then, far greater uniformity of coaching, training, film study, etc., and far fewer games in the tournament. Wooden won most of his titles in a 24 team tournament. No way he wins 10 out of 12 in a 68-team, single-elimination tournament with big, athletic players on just about every team.

    And Wooden not only didn’t, but I suspect couldn’t, coach an Olympic team full of NBA millionaires. In those days American college players were good enough to win gold medals (well, except 1972, which was a rip off), but if he were brought back now, he would have to coach pros. Coach K has shown rather emphatically that he can do both; Wooden didn’t have that chance, but I see no reason to think he could.

  • This is why we need an annual IU vs KU game. UK too. And add IU vs Duke annually and we’ll be sufficiently battle tested much like how msu is every year

  • vicbert caladipo

    Wasn’t really looking for a debate wooden vs k. Was more making a point that self s not even in coach k’s league and that self isn’t any better than CTC. I agree with all you said, but what I meant was wooden is the only coach in the conversation with K and had more titles. Guess I should have made myself clearer cuz you missed the point I wanted to make.

  • Ben thorne

    That last sentence just launched a bite of steak taco over the river and through the woods

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    I have one more school to add to the hate list: Baylor.

  • John D Murphy

    Wooden wouldn’t have won at all without the mob. If you don’t know what I’m talking about look up Sam Gilbert and “NCAA investigation UCLA Gene Bartow”.

  • So, yeah, KU beat Duke. Gonna be a good year.

  • Hate Duke too. Glad to see them lose to KU. Makes our win look just that much sweeter.

  • Bill Graham

    Maybe its just me but it seemed like the refs were trying to keep Duke in that game. I’m not going to go into conspiracies with wealthy Duke alumni…..but at the same time: 4 point plays, an immediate 5th foul on Jackson (Kennard flopped – perfect example of why I hate Duke – they can’t play straight up basketball they have to try to cheat somehow)…idk I’m not even a KU fan but things seemed a little suspect last night.

  • bleeding crimson

    No, not just you it was 27 to like 14 at one point but KU and Mr. Sour Pus did get their D changed up in the last 3 min. of the first and carried over to the second half. They really put the D on but the ref’s still was trying to give it to Duke not just the calls they called but many calls that they didn’t. If they are going to continue to call games like this it is really going to slow our hoosiers down and they better learn to drive instead of working the pereimeter. shooting 100 ft a day.