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Arizona's Brendon Lavender (24) finishes a dunk against Duke during the second half of a West regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 24, 2011, in Anaheim, Calif. Arizona defeated Duke 93-77. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
BYU is down, but NCAA ratings are up

The BYU basketball team wasn't successful on Thursday night — falling to Florida in overtime — but CBS and TBS continue to have great success in the ratings with the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Here's the latest release from CBS:

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Thursday's Regional Semi-Finals Score Best Ratings In 18 Years, Up +28% Over 2010

CBS Sports' and Turner Sports' exclusive live coverage of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV combined to deliver the best overall tournament-to-date average ratings in the metered markets in 18 years (1993). The overall tournament average-to-date, including the FIRST FOUR®, in the metered markets is a 6.5/14, up +18% from a 5.5/12 for CBS Sports' 2010 coverage according to Nielsen.

Coverage of the regional semi-finals on TBS and CBS on Thursday, March 24 combined to deliver an overnight household rating/share of 8.6/14, up +28% from a 6.7/12 for CBS Sports' 2010 coverage, according to Nielsen.

The 8.6/14 was the highest rating for the Thursday regional semi-finals in the metered markets since a 9.0/16 in 1993.

The first telecast window of the night combined to earn an 8.5/14, up +37% from a 6.2/11 last year.

The second window of the night delivered an 8.7/15, up +21% from a 7.2/13 last year.

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