CBS averaged a 9.4 fast-national Nielsen rating and 15.7 million viewers for the Final Four doubleheader Saturday, USA Today reported Monday.
The rating was the highest since the 2005 Final Four.
The games between Louisville-Wichita State and Michigan-Syracuse were up four percent and three percent, respectively, from an overall 9.0 rating and 15.3 million viewers last year.
Individually, the Louisville-Wichita State matchup had an 8.7 rating and 14.5 million viewers, up from last year's Kentucky-Louisville matchup in the early primetime spot. Michigan-Syracuse got a 10.2 rating and 17.1 million viewers, an increase over last year's late evening game between Kansas and Ohio State.