Duke-Wisconsin championship game draws largest TV rating in 18 years

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Duke Blue Devils guard Quinn Cook (middle) and teammates hoist the NCAA championship trophy after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers in the 2015 NCAA Men's Division I Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Duke Blue Devils guard Quinn Cook (middle) and teammates hoist the NCAA championship trophy after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers in the 2015 NCAA Men's Division I Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The 2015 national championship basketball game between Duke and Wisconsin on CBS Monday night drew the largest overnight rating in 18 years. 

The game attracted a 17.1 share in Nielsen metered markets, the biggest overnight rating for the championship game since Arizona beat Kentucky in the 1997 championship game. The rating increased 33 percent over last year's national title game between UConn and Kentucky, which drew a 12.9 rating. 

Overnight ratings for 2015 NCAA tournament on CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV averaged a 7.8, which is up 13 percent from last year and is the best average overnight rating for the tournament since 1993. 

Here is a look at the top-five metered markets for the championship game provided by CBS and Turner Sports:

1.      Milwaukee – 42.2/59

2.      Raleigh-Durham – 36.2/54

3.      Louisville – 33.5/48

4.      Columbus – 29.9/44

5.      Greensboro-High Point-Winston Salem – 29.5/43

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