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NEW YORK (AP) — Butler couldn’t stay in it until the end this time, and television ratings were down for the national championship game.

Connecticut’s defense-dominated 53-41 win Monday on CBS earned an 11.7 fast national rating and 18 share.

That’s down 18 percent from last year’s Duke-Butler final, when the underdog Bulldogs had
a chance to win it at the buzzer.

The entire tournament, with every game televised nationally for the first time, averaged a 6.4/14, up seven percent from last season.

Ratings represent the percentage of all households with televisions tuned into a program.

Shares represent the percentage of all homes with TVs in use at the time.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. bdj says:

    I thought that this is about the sport of basketball, not the sport of T.V. ratings.

    1. k davis says:

      I agree. I thought it was a college basketball tournament, not a media frenzy and a big money maker. Take a poll and see how much the public cares about your ratings as opposed to how much they care about how the kid in the picture is doing after such a disappointment!

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