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2013 TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge: The Winner Is…

With the Louisville Cardinals’ dramatic 82-76 win over the Michigan Wolverines, March Madness has come to an end. It also means that we need to declare a winner in the TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge.

Your 2013 TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge winner is…

CBS News VP of programming and “CBS This Morning” executive producer Chris Licht!

“This win takes a bit of the sting out of my beloved Orange going down to defeat,” Licht says. “That said, I didn’t pick them to win, so I guess everything worked out in the end.”

It was incredibly close this year, with CNN’s Tom Foreman only three points behind. his colleagues Janelle Rodriguez and Randi Kaye were also close. It was fitting that the winner represented CBS News this year, as the game was broadcast on The Eye network. Early numbers indicate huge ratings, up nearly +20% from 2012′s game. Licht also showed why he was boss by besting the anchors of his program, Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell.

As for your TVNewser editor’s experiment to let a computer pick the winners? It didn’t work out.

A big thank you to everyone who participated this year. The final standings are after the jump.

Rank Name Score Champ (Final score)
1 Chris Licht 132 Louisville (132)
2 Tom Foreman 129 Louisville (134)
3 Janelle Rodriguez 119 Louisville (95)
4 Randi Kaye 117 Louisville (98)
5 Matt Quayle 114 Louisville (138)
6 Carol Costello 113 Louisville (74)
7 Rick Leventhal 108 Louisville (138)
8 Brian Schactman 104 Louisville (140)
9 Don Lemon 98 Louisville (100)
10 Suzanne Malveaux 97 Louisville (80)
11 Steve Kornacki 95 Louisville (141)
12 Eric Sherling 85 Florida (145)
13 Joe Kernen 81 Indiana (123)
14 Scott Boyarski 78 Florida (134)
15 Gary Schreier 75 Indiana (149)
16 Becky Quick 74 Indiana (138)
16 Brooke Baldwin 74 Indiana (73)
18 Bill Wolff 70 Duke (152)
19 Norah O’Donnell 67 Georgetown (76)
20 Adam Shapiro 60 Syracuse (2)
20 Charlie Rose 60 Duke (140)
22 Brian Sullivan 59 Duke (150)
22 Dominic Chu 59 Miami, Fla. (125)
24 KC Sullivan 58 Indiana (126)
24 Wolf Blitzer 58 Georgetown (88)
26 Chad Myers 57 Ohio St. (61)
27 Joe Johns 56 Ohio St. (150)
28 Tyler Matheson 55 Kansas (152)
29 Sam Feist 54 Georgetown (113)
30 Gayle King 51 Duke (88)
31 Alex Weprin 38 Gonzaga (134)
32 Anna Kooiman 34 Duke (100)
33 Lisa Sylvester 33 Indiana (137)
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