ABC Saturday Night Football Scores as Night's Most-Watched Program
The September 14 ABC Saturday Night Football Presented by Windows telecast - Notre Dame over Purdue 31-24 - helped ABC win the night across all networks among households, viewers and in all key male and adult demographics (18-34, 18-49 and 25-54). The matchup averaged 4,789,000 viewers and a 3.0 rating. ABC also averaged 3,164,000 viewers and a 2.0 rating for its Saturday afternoon matchup of Oregon over Tennessee 52-14.
In addition to ABC, ESPN averaged a significant 1,917,000 viewers for more than 17 consecutive hours of college football studio and game content on Saturday - beginning at 9 a.m. ET with the three-hour College GameDay Built by The Home Depot to the last whistle of Wisconsin at Arizona State at 2:10 a.m.
· ABC is averaging 4,793,000 viewers and a 3.0 rating in 2013 for increases of 10 percent (vs. 4,355,000) and 3 percent (vs. 2.9), respectively, over 2012. Note: The season average does not include the rating for ABC's September 14, noon, telecast of UCLA beating Nebraska 41-21 which is not yet available
· ESPN has averaged 3,523,000 viewers and a 2.2 rating this season, marking increases of 23 percent (vs. 2,860,000) and 16 percent (vs. 1.9), respectively, over last season.
Seven of Top Eight Night Games on ESPN Networks
ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU televised seven of the top eight most-viewed college football night games across Thursday, Friday and Saturday, led by the ABC Saturday Night Football telecast (4,789,000 viewers). Highlights:
· ESPN televised a Saturday prime-time doubleheader, averaging 2,529,000 viewers for Arizona State's 32-30 victory over Wisconsin in the late window and 1,884,000 viewers for South Carolina's 35-25 win over Vanderbilt matchup at 7 p.m.