Less than 24 hours after the final buzzer, CBS announced viewership for Monday’s NCAA basketball title game rose five percent from last season.
It still couldn’t match the cable audience that watched Alabama beat LSU in January’s BCS title game.
An average of 24.2 million saw the Tide beat the Tigers 21-0 on Jan. 9. It was the second* BCS championship televised by ESPN on cable. Last year’s Auburn-Oregon matchup had 27.3 million viewers.
The average audience for Monday’s game totaled 20.9 million viewers, according to a CBS news release. Both games, interestingly, were played in New Orleans’ Superdome.
*Corrected from previous version.
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