College Football Continues to Score on ESPN
Based on Nielsen ratings finalized to date, ESPN's Saturday night telecast of Texas A&M defeating Ole Miss 41-38 on October 12 was the most-viewed College Football game of the week across all networks. The matchup between SEC West Division rivals averaged 5,114,000 viewers and a 3.2 HH US rating. The final rating for ABC's noon coverage of Texas defeating Oklahoma - which garnered the highest overnight rating of all games - will be available on Thursday and is expected to take the top spot.
Overall, ESPN, ABC and ESPN2 combined have currently televised five of the top six most-viewed games of the week. ESPN's coverage of Penn State's quadruple-overtime victory over Michigan is the network's second most-viewed game of the week, averaging 4,040,000 viewers and a 2.6 HH US rating. Additional highlights for Saturday:
· ABC's Saturday 3:30 p.m. split-national telecast - Boston College at Clemson and Northwestern at Wisconsin - averaged 3,460,000 viewers and a 2.4 HH US rating.
· ESPN's first game of the day - Missouri upsetting Georgia - averaged 3,012,000 viewers and a 2.1 HH US rating.
· ESPN2 also posted a large audience for an SEC night game, averaging 2,560,000 viewers and a 1.5 HH US rating for Alabama's 48-7 win over Kentucky.
Season Increases for ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU
· ABC is averaging 4,658,000 viewers and a 2.9 HH US rating for increases of 7 percent (vs. 4,348,000) and 4 percent (vs. 2.8).
· ESPN is averaging 2,941,000 viewers and a 1.9 HH US rating, increases of 12 percent (vs. 2,617,000) and 12 percent (vs. 1.7).
· ESPN2 is averaging 1,222,000 viewers and a 0.8 HH US rating, marking an increase of 1 percent (vs. 1,214,000) and even.
· ESPNU is averaging 477,000 viewers and a 0.3 HH US rating for an increase of 3 percent in viewers (vs. 463,000) and even.