Properties: NCAA March Madness

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2017 NCAA Tournament Delivers Huge Audience Increases Across All Screens

NCAA Tournament Airing on TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV Garners Second Most-Watched Television Coverage in 23 Years, Up 16%

NCAA March Madness Live Generates Record 98 Million Live Streams During Tournament, Up 33%

National Championship Game Watched by Average of Nearly 23 Million Viewers, Up 30%

2017 NCAA National Championship Game Scores Double-Digit Television Ratings and Live Streaming Increases

North Carolina vs. Gonzaga on CBS Delivers 14.5/24 Rating/Share, Up 21%

2017 NCAA Tournament Across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV Garners 7.2/15 Average Rating/Share, Up 13%

NCAA March Madness Live Generates Record-Setting 4.4 Million Live Video Streams for Championship Game, Up 29% vs. 2016

2017 NCAA Final Four is Second Most-Watched in 19 Years

Tournament Coverage to Date Across TBS, CBS, TNT & truTV is Second Most-Watched in 23 Years;
NCAA March Madness Live Delivering All-Time Record 93.5 Million Live Video Streams

Last Night’s National Semifinal Games Average 16.8 Million Total Viewers, Up +44%

2017 NCAA Final Four Delivers Big Ratings Increases

NCAA Final Four Games Deliver Second Highest Rated National Semifinals in 12 Years with Overnight Rating of 10.4/21, Up 37%

NCAA March Madness Live Generates 5.2 Million Streams for Final Four Games, Up 84%

CBS Sports and Turner Sports Announce Studio Programming Plans for 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four in Phoenix

Pregame Coverage on Saturday, April 1, Begins with At the Final Four presented by Infiniti at 3 p.m. ET,
Followed by The Final Four Show at 4 p.m., on CBS

Villanova Coach Jay Wright Joins as Guest Analyst

2017 NCAA Tournament Scores Increases in Television Viewership Through Elite 8, Along with All-Time Records Across Digital and Social Platforms

Coverage Across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV is the Third Most-Watched in 24 Years, Averaging 9.8 Million Viewers, for a 10% Increase

NCAA March Madness Live Generates All-Time Record 88 Million Live Streams to Date, an Increase of +31% from Last Year

Final Four Tip Times Announced for Saturday, April 1, on CBS

Turner Sports and CBS Sports’ exclusive coverage of the 2017 NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will continue with the Final Four® National Semifinals on Saturday, April 1 – Gonzaga against South Carolina tipping off at 6:09 p.m. on CBS. North Carolina against Oregon will follow 40 minutes after the conclusion of the first game.  Jim Nantz, Grant Hill and Bill Raftery will call the games with reporter Tracy Wolfson.

NCAA Tip Times Announced for Regional Finals on Sunday, March 26, on CBS

CBS Sports and Turner Sports announce tip times and commentator teams for the Regional Finals of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship on Sunday, March 26, on CBS and via NCAA March Madness Live.  South Carolina will take on Florida/Wisconsin in the first game at 2:20 p.m. ET, followed by North Carolina playing Kentucky/UCLA at 5:05 p.m.  The Road to the Final Four pregame show will begin the day’s action at 1 p.m. with host Greg Gumbel and analysts Charles Barkley, Clark Kellogg and Kenny Smith.

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Acclaimed Rock Band THE KILLERS Perform “Shot at the Night” As Part of the 2014 NCAA MARCH MADNESS Marketing Campaign

As fans got pumped for some of the most exciting moments of the year, they were treated to rock band The Killers Shot at the Night as the 2014 featured musical backdrop for the NCAA Division I Mens Basketball Championship on TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV. Produced by Turner Sports and featured across a broad media portfolio spanning CBS Sports and Turner Sports platforms, the new content was filmed at The Skywalk outside of Grand Canyon National Park, and was designed to ignite the passion and thrill of NCAA March Madness.Since forming the band over 10 years ago, The Killers have gone on to sell over 20 million albums worldwide, headlined festivals across the globe, performed at the White House and picked up a myriad of awards. In celebration of their first decade together, the band released Direct Hits this past November, featuring tracks from their four incredible albums, along with two brand new songs, including Shot at the Night. The Killers is comprised of Brandon Flowers on vocals, guitarist Dave Keuning, bassist Mark Stoermer and drummer Ronnie Vannucci.

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Turner Sports analyst Chris Webber talks with media during NCAA March Madness Media Day

Chris Webber will contribute to the networks' tournament coverage as a game analyst for the first time this year. Webber will join play-by-play commentator Marv Albert, analyst Len Elmore and reporter Craig Sager during the first two weeks of the tournament.

Turner Sports analyst Grant Hill speaks with a reporter during NCAA March Madness Media Day

Bill Raftery and Grant Hill will provide game analysis with play-by-play commentator Jim Nantz and reporter Tracy Wolfson throughout the NCAA Tournament, including their first time calling the NCAA Final Four National Semifinals and National Championship on television. 

Turner Sports & CBS Sports Name Bill Raftery & Grant Hill Game Analysts for 2015 NCAA® Final Four & National Championship

Turner Sports and CBS Sports today announced that Bill Raftery and Grant Hill will call the NCAA Final Four and National Championship this year. Hill and Raftery will join the team of Jim Nantz and reporter Tracy Wolfson to call games together throughout the 2015 NCAA Tournament, culminating with the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Final Four and National Championship from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. 

Turner Sports and CBS Sports studio team for the Final Four and National Championship

Ernie Johnson hosted studio coverage from the Final Four and National Championship with analysts Charles Barkley, Clark Kellogg and Kenny Smith – joined by Greg Gumbel and analysts Reggie Miller, Seth Davis and Grant Hill.