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NCAA Championship Game Ratings Down

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NEW YORK — 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.