Kentucky’s 1st loss draws best TV rating for semi since ’93

Wisconsin’s win over previously undefeated Kentucky has drawn the highest preliminary television rating for an NCAA semifinal in 22 years.
   
The Badgers’ 71-64 victory Saturday night averaged a 13.3 overnight rating and 24 share across TBS, TNT and truTV. That’s up 48 percent from last year’s matchup of the same teams.
   
Turner Sports and CBS said Sunday that was the best rating for a semi since a 13.8/24 in 1993 when Michigan’s Fab Five sophomores edged the Wildcats in overtime.
   
The main broadcasts Saturday aired on TBS, with “homer” coverage for the teams on TNT and truTV.
   
Ratings represent the percentage of U.S. homes with televisions tuned to a program, while shares represent the percentage of TVs in use at the time. Overnights measure the country’s largest markets.

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