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Louisville baseball pitcher Cody Ege celebrates winning the NCAA Baseball Super Regional at Vanderbilt to advance to the College World Series. AP photo. Louisville baseball pitcher Cody Ege celebrates winning the NCAA Baseball Super Regional at Vanderbilt to advance to the College World Series. AP photo.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WDRB) -- An abbreviated "Morning Line" before heading back to Louisville from the Music City.

The University of Louisville did more than beat Vanderbilt to lock up a trip to the College World Series on Sunday. The Cardinals also played nearly dead even with LeBron James and the NBA Finals.

At least in their own town, anyway.

U of L's 2-1 baseball victory over Vanderbilt drew a 6.1 overnight rating/11 share for ESPN on Sunday. That number represents average viewership over the course of the nearly 3 1/2-hour broadcast. The NBA Finals, which aired in prime time on a broadcast network, drew a 6.3/10 overnight in Louisville for ABC.

But the largest audience at any single time went to the U of L baseball game, which peaked at an 8.8 rating/15 share in the final inning. The basketball game peaked at an 8.3/12 early in the second half.

The final 90 minutes of U of L's baseball win averaged a 7.6 rating/13 share. Each ratings point represents approximately 6,700 households in the Louisville designated market area. The share represents the percentage of televisions in use watching a given program.

BELMONT STILL RULES WEEKEND RATINGS

Even without a Triple Crown on the line, the most-watched sports event of the weekend in Louisville still was the Belmont Stakes, earning a final rating of 7.8/16 for the one-hour race program on NBC. The race segment itself drew an 11.3/23.

A look at the most-watched sports programs of the weekend in Louisville:

1. Belmont Stakes (NBC) 7.8 rating/16 share
2. NBA Finals Game 2 (ABC) 6.3/10
3. Louisville-Vanderbilt NCAA Baseball (ESPN) 6.1/11
4. Louisville-Vanderbilt NCAA Baseball Game 1 (ESPN) 5.1/11
5. NASCAR Sprint Cup Poconos 400 (TNT) 4.5/9
6. Reds-Cardinals MLB Saturday (Fox) 2.5/5
7. French Open Saturday (NBC) 2.2/5
6. FedEx St. Jude Classic Sunday (CBS) 2.2/4
7. Sunday Night Baseball Reds-Cards (ESPN) 2.1/3
8. French Open Sunday (NBC) 1.2/3
....FedEx St. Jude Classic Saturday (CBS) 1.2/3
10. IndyCar Firestone 550 Saturday (ABC) 1.2/2
11. NASCAR Nationwide race Saturday (TNT) 0.9/2
.....WNBA Mercury-Fever Saturday (ESPN) 0.9/2
13. NHL Kings-Blackhawks Saturday (NBC) 0.5/1

NOTE: College baseball in general held its own on all of ESPN's networks. I only have all that programming listed by time, not by teams, so did not include those numerous broadcasts here, but in general they averaged in the neighborhood of a 1.0 rating, with some spikes. The Sunday numbers are overnights and subject to adjustment by Nielsen. Again, all are numbers from the Louisville DMA only.

A QUICK LOOK BACK AT THE LOUISVILLE ATHLETIC RUN

Usually, if you write one Final Four or BCS game story in a year, it's a highlight. After watching the U of L baseball team earn a trip to Omaha this weekend, I decided to look back at some of the more historic moments of the team's run. WDRB will be in Omaha in force, with Steve Andress, Tom Lane and Rick Bozich providing coverage. Watch for it, on TV and online.

The stories:

FOOTBALL

Bridgewater seizes another legacy moment in Rutgers win [Read it here]

Sugar Rush: Cards show up, shock Florida [Read it here]

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Title or not, U of L women claim season's shining moment with Baylor win [Read it here]

U of L women crash the championship party [Read it here]

MEN'S BASKETBALL

Final Fourtitude: Louisville beats Duke in a Win for the Ages [Read it here]

Cardinals Rising: Louisville wins NCAA championship [Read it here]

BASEBALL

Helms' perseverance lands Cards one step from Omaha [Read it here]

College World Series trip completes Louisville Slam [Read it here]

OFF THE FIELD

How U of L changed its conference fate in 11 days [Read it here]

What staying Strong means to U of L [Read it here]

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