Detroit News writers Bob Wojnowski, Matt Charboneau and James Hawkins break down the national championship game.


The NCAA championship game wasn’t much of a game.

And it wasn’t much of a hit with viewers, either — drawing the worst overnight ratings ever, according to Sports Business Daily.

According to reporter Austin Karp, Villanova’s 79-62 victory over Michigan on Monday night drew a 10.3 overnight rating across all three networks that broadcast the game, TBS, TNT and TruTV. Karp said the ratings peaked at 10 p.m., at 11.5, then dipped to 7.0 for the final 15 minutes.

Karp reported the Detroit market had the strongest ratings, at 21.4.

It’s unclear how the ratings were affected by the championship game being on cable, when, for many years, it’s been on CBS. The 9:20 Eastern tip-off might not have helped matters, either.


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