An NCAA tournament matchup between both broadly recognized as the top men’s college basketball teams in the nation could not place the tv world afire

NEW YORK — An NCAA tournament matchup between two broadly recognized as the top men’s school basketball teams from the nation was not sufficient to place the tv world afire.

A estimated 16.92 million people saw Baylor win the championship title by routing formerly unbeaten Gonzaga on Monday, the Nielsen company stated.

That is down almost 14% by the 2019 name game between Virginia and Texas Tech. Last year’s NCAA Football tourney was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Viewership declines are hardly unusual in the present world. Awards show ratings are cratering. Given this year’s NCAA soccer championship saw its ratings plummet 27 percent percent, the basketball evaluations were not half bad.

This was the very first men’s Final Four without a groups in the Eastern time zone, where almost half of the nation’s television audiences are .

Saturday’s men’s semifinal — previously considered a classic — in which Gonzaga beat UCLA in overtime to a last-second shot has been observed live by just under 15 million people.

On Sunday, the women’s NCAA championship, in which Stanford edged Arizona, was seen by 4.08 million people,” Nielsen said.

CBS handily won at the prime time ratings a week, averaging 6.1 million viewers. ABC’d 3.8 million viewers, NBC had 3.7 million, Fox’d 1.8 million, Univision had 1.3 million, Ion Television had 1.1 million and Telemundo’d 940,000.

Fox News Channel directed the cable networks, averaging 2.13 million viewers in prime time. TBS’d 1.61 million, MSNBC had 1.59 million, ESPN had 1.42 million and HGTV’d 1.16 million.