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Louisville Claims Top-Rated ESPN College Basketball TV Market For 2016-17 Season

For the 15th year in a row, Louisville was the top-rated ESPN college basketball television market by a huge margin.

The college basketball season brings with it all sorts of craziness and uncertainty, but if one thing in the sport is certain, it's that the people of Louisville absolutely love their basketball team. According to ESPN, the Louisville college basketball TV market once again received the highest ratings—for the 15th year in a row. Thing is, 15 years ago is when they even started collecting data. That's right, the Louisville TV market is 15 of 15, and I'd argue that statistic makes them the most passionate, diehard fans in the country.

It's hard to deny, especially when Louisville was first by such a massive margin. According to the Courier-Journal, Louisville blew away the competition:

Louisville averaged a 5.5 local rating for ESPN broadcasts, up 12 percent from last year, according to the network. North Carolina's Raleigh-Durham market was No. 2 nationally with a 2.4 rating, and Kansas City was No. 3 (2.3). Next came Indianapolis (2.1), Greensboro-High Point, North Carolina (2.0), Cincinnati (1.8), Nashville (1.6), Greenville, South Carolina (1.6), Knoxville, Tennessee (1.5), and Charlotte (1.5).

The UK-Louisville game from December garnered the sixth-largest audience with 2.77 million viewers. For reference, the most watched game of the season—last weekend's Duke vs. UNC matchup—drew 4.16 million viewers.