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Big ratings for women’s NCAA championship game

Thu., April 5, 2012

The NCAA women’s basketball championship game drew its highest television rating since 2004. Undefeated Baylor’s 80-61 victory over Notre Dame on Tuesday night on ESPN earned a 3.2 rating. That’s up 14 percent from last season’s Texas A&M-Notre Dame matchup. It was the best rating since a 4.3 for Connecticut’s 70-61 win over Tennessee eight years ago. Star center Brittney Griner led the Lady Bears with 26 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks against the Irish. Baylor became the first team – men’s or women’s – in NCAA history to win 40 games. Ratings measure the percentage of homes with TVs tuned into a program. – Associated Press

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