CBS may be celebrating as much as Duke after tallying its final numbers for March Madness on Demand. The networks said CBSSports.com streamed more than 11.7 million hours of the tournament, a 36 percent increase from last year's then-record numbers.
And, CBSSports.com said, it had more than 8.3 million unique visitors to MMoD players, a pretty heady complement to the network's broadcasting of the tournament, which saw a 5 percent bump from a year ago.
Some 575,000 UVs watched the final game between Duke and Butler, a whopping 75 percent increase over a year ago when North Carolina beat Michigan State.
"CBSSports.com is thrilled with the continued growth NCAA March Madness on Demand in 2010," said Jason Kint, Senior Vice President and General Manager of CBSSports.com. "The growth is especially gratifying this year as it complemented a ratings success for CBS Sports' broadcast of the Tournament."
NCAA March Madness on Demand was made possible by presenting sponsors and NCAA Corporate Champions AT&T, Capial One and Coca-Cola.
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CBS sets March Madness on Demand record: 8.7M hours of streaming