- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - The NCAA tournament’s television ratings are the highest since 2005.

Through the regional finals, this year’s tourney has averaged a 6.0 rating and 13 share. That’s up 11 percent from 2010.

This was the first season of the NCAA’s 14-year, $10.8 billion contract with CBS and Turner, which meant every game was televised nationally for the first time.

Sunday’s regional finals on CBS earned a 7.6/16, the same as 2010.

CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus says “as far as I’m concerned, I think everything turned out even better than I thought it was going to.”

Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned into a program. Shares represent the percentage of all homes with TVs in use at the time.