The Madness has returned.
After last year’s Covid-induced cancellation of sports, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament has made a welcome return. As America’s #1 TV streaming platform, Roku is monitoring the way both TV streaming and traditional linear TV viewing of this year’s tournament has changed relative to 2019.1 We find that though many of the teams in the tournament are familiar, the way we’re watching the games has changed dramatically.
Here’s what you need to know:
TV streaming audiences reach increased by 85% Comparing 2019 to 2021 on Roku devices, household reach of TV streaming channels carrying the first rounds of NCAA Tournament games during the games increased by 85%; hours grew 74%.
By comparison, traditional linear TV reached declined dramatically. Reach among adults 18+ declined by 24%.
Migration from traditional linear TV to TV streaming continued: More than 1 in 5 (22.6%) of 2019 traditional linear TV viewers of the first rounds streamed a channel carrying the 2021 tournament during time of gameplay
Compared to the average TV streaming household, traditional linear households were 17% more likely to contain someone 65+, and the share of traditional linear TV households containing someone 65+ increased by 19%
The most popular game for traditional linear TV viewers: The Round 2 match up of LSU vs. Michigan (25.8% of tournament viewers tuned in). The top-reaching Round 1 game was Wisconsin vs. North Carolina, with 20.5% tune-in.
States that observed a double digit increase in programmatic ad opportunities on Roku had teams that advanced to the Sweet 16 and one that came *this* close:
According to OneView, Roku’s ad platform built for TV streaming, Roku claimed more share of programmatic ad opportunities than any other TV streaming device for the First Four play-in games plus Rounds 1 and 2 of this year’s tournament, and we’ll continue to track viewership trends until the one shining moment in which a champion has been crowned.
If you’d like to reach and engage the large and growing audience for TV streaming during the NCAA Tournament and beyond, Contact Us to get started.