CBS' 2016 Selection Sunday Show Rating Revealed

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIIMarch 14, 2016

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 12:  Bill Self head coach of the Kansas Jayhawks slaps a fans hand as he heads to the locker room after Kansas won the Big 12 Basketball Tournament against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Sprint Center on March 12, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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CBS' Selection Sunday telecast received its lowest rating in approximately two decades, registering a 3.7 overnight mark.

Austin Karp of SportsBusiness Daily reported the news Monday. The network expanded its show to two hours long, which fans evidently didn't take to. Amid the deliberate reveal of the NCAA tournament field, the bracket was also leaked online.

Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch weighed in on how CBS handled the show and why the network should ultimately be fine moving forward:

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It appears unlikely CBS will stick with the two-hour format in light of the bracket's leaking out in the first year of the lengthened program.

Given the negative feedback and the key information's release before CBS was able to announce it, the risk figures to be high for something similar to happen next year if no changes are made to the selection show.

Enough backlash already arises from the decisions made by the selection committee. When CBS delayed in breaking the news and stretched out the broadcast to give its media personalities more time to break down the action, fans grew impatient, or so the low ratings suggest.

A return to a one-hour show would limit the danger of a leaked bracket and would be a savvy move by CBS to give March Madness enthusiasts what they want.