The NCAA women's college-basketball championship game failed to register a
ratings slam-dunk for ESPN.
Tuesday night's Connecticut-Tennessee game averaged a 3.49 rating, down 14
percent from the 4.06 generated for last year's Connecticut-Oklahoma
ESPN noted that this year's finals was the first to air on a Tuesday night --
prior contests were telecast on Sunday nights -- which could have contributed to
the ratings decline.
"A lot of viewers were also fixated on news coverage [of the U.S.-Iraq war],"
an ESPN spokesman said.
Overall, ESPN's coverage of the culminating contests of the women's-tournament -- included the two April 6
Final Four semifinals -- averaged a 2.99 rating, up 8 percent from a 2.76 last