An average of 22.6 million people watched the NCAA Tournament semifinal Saturday night in which Wisconsin ended Kentucky's attempt to finish the season undefeated, the highest such figure for a national semifinal in 19 years and the most-viewed college basketball game in cable TV history. The figures reflect coverage on TBS, TNT and truTV combined.

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Viewership peaked at 28.2 million as Wisconsin was completing its upset between 11 and 11:15 p.m. Eastern time.

Kentucky's loss likely will have a negative impact on viewership for Monday night's final. Many ratings-watchers had been looking forward to a Duke-Kentucky matchup, which would have produced extraordinarily high figures for the sport in the modern media era.