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.
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.