Title game earns best TV rating since 2005

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NEW YORK (AP) - The NCAA championship game earned its highest
television rating since 2005.

Duke's 61-59 win over Butler on Monday night on CBS earned a
14.2 fast national rating and 23 share. That's up 31 percent from
the 10.8/18 for North Carolina's blowout against Michigan State
last year.

It's the best rating since a 15.0/23 for North Carolina-Illinois
in 2005. More than 48 million viewers watched at least some of the
game, the most since 50 million tuned in for Arizona-Kentucky in
1997 when the population was smaller.

The entire tournament averaged a 6.0 rating, up 5 percent from
last season.

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

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