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Oregon-North Carolina was 2nd-most watched Final Four game since 1998

Oregon's Dylan Ennis chases a loose ball as North Carolina's Joel Berry II (2) falls during the second half in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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Saturday's Final Four on CBS drew 44 percent more viewers than it did last year when it was aired on TBS.

CBS Sports and Turner Sports announced Sunday that the national semifinals of the NCAA Tournament averaged 16.8 million viewers, making it the second-most watched in the last 19 years. Only the 2015 Final Four that featured Wisconsin beating undefeated Kentucky drew more viewers.

From CBS Sports

The late game, with North Carolina beating Oregon, drew 18.8 million viewers—the second-most watched game since 1998 and up 44% from last year when the games were on cable with Turner Broadcasting.

CBS benefited Saturday from two close games. Gonzaga beat South Carolina 77-73 in the first game and North Carolina beat Oregon 77-76 in the nightcap. Last year's national semifinals were both blowouts, with a combined 61-point margin.

Overall viewership for the tournament is up 10 percent from last year, averaging 10.4 million viewers.

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