Let's face it, the semifinals on Saturday just plain stunk from a fan perspective (unless you were a fan of Memphis or Kansas), but tonight's final totally rocked! Kansas beat Memphis in overtime, and my friend Mike saw his NCAA pool winnings slip away. I know that feeling.
I'm definitely not predicting record low ratings now. The game was close and since it ran until about midnight on the east coast, the overtime won't play a factor in the overnight primetime ratings -- which will be low, and will be wrong and will be adjusted upwards no matter what they are. That always seems to be the way with overnight primetime numbers for live sporting events. None of that means it won't wind up with record low ratings, but those ratings aren't limited to primetime anyway, so it may take a while to get our hands on them. But I won't be freaking when I see the overnights, because they don't really matter. If in the final numbers this game dips below the 17.09 million in 2004 when Connecticut faced Georgia Tech, I will be surprised.