This year's women's basketball national championship game featuring a surprising pair of No. 2 seeds drew higher television ratings than last year's matchup of tradition-rich No. 1 seeds.

Texas A&M's 76-70 victory over Notre Dame on Tuesday on ESPN averaged 3.8 million viewers, up from 3.5 million for the 2010 Connecticut-Stanford final.

Average viewership for the entire tournament increased to almost 1.9 million people from more than 1.6 million.