NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ Kentucky's victory over rival Louisville and
Kansas' comeback win over Ohio State on Saturday night generated
the highest ratings for a Final Four since 2005.
The national semifinals pitting four powerhouse programs earned
a 9.0 overnight rating and a 17 share, an increase of 1 percent
over last season's Final Four, which featured upstarts Butler and
VCU along with Kentucky and eventual national champion Connecticut.
The Final Four involving Illinois, Louisville, North Carolina
and Michigan State in 2005 generated a 10.5 rating and 19 share.
Overnight ratings measure the 55 largest TV markets, covering
nearly 70 percent of the country. Each point represents about
735,000 homes. The rating is the percentage of all homes with TVs,
while the share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a