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NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Championship Game Boosts Network on Monday Night

CBS scored Monday night with its coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament final (Kansas over Memphis in overtime).

The network averaged a 5.4 rating/14 share on the night, thanks to a 6.1/15 for the game from 9 p.m.-11 p.m.

ABC was second with a 3.9/10 thanks to Dancing with the Stars, which was the top-rated show for its hour-and-a-half outing from 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m. with a 4.8/14. That included beating CBS' game coverage from 9 p.m.-9:30 p.m. with a 5.4/14 to CBS' 4.8/12, although the CBS coverage was really of the preamble to the game, with the tipoff not occurring until almost 9:30.

NBC was third with a 2.5/7 led by Medium with a 3.4/9 up against CBS from 10 p.m.-11 p.m. NBC was hurt by the continued poor performance of My Dad Is Better than Your Dad, which was only better than The CW in the ratings department from 8 p.m.-9 p.m., managing only a 1.3/5.

Fox was fourth, but just barely, at a 2.4/6 in the Nielsen Media Research overnights. Its best showing was from a repeat of House (2.5/7).

The CW came in fifth with a 0.5/1 for repeats of Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill.