TV ratings down for NCAA championship game, up for overall tournament
Perhaps it was the low score or the lack of suspense for much of the second half. Whatever the reason, TV ratings for Monday's NCAA championship game between Connecticut and Butler were down significantly from a year ago.
The Huskies' 53-41 victory earned CBS an 11.7 fast national rating (percentage of all households with televisions tuned into a program) and 18 share (percentage of all homes with TVs in use at the time). That's down 18% from last year's championship game, when Duke's victory over Butler came down to the final shot.
Even so, ratings improved 7% for the overall tournament (6.4/14). It was the first year that every game was televised nationally.
-- Chuck Schilken
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Photo: Connecticut's Jamal Coombs-McDaniel and Roscoe Smith celebrate as Butler's Zach Hahn walks by after Monday's NCAA championship game in Houston. Credit: David J. Phillip / Associated Press