The Ratings Game: ESPN2 College Football Ratings Down


Recent sports TV ratings news, including double-digit declines for the 2010 college football season on ESPN2, the NHL’s Capitals outdrawing the NBA’s Wizards in Washington, D.C., and Saturday’s college basketball ratings on ESPN/ESPN2.

  • ESPN2 averaged a 0.9 U.S. rating and 1.416 million viewers for college football coverage during the 2010 season, according to Sports Business Daily — down 10% in ratings and 5% in viewership from last year (1.0, 1.492 mil), and even in ratings and up 5% in viewership from 2008 (0.9, 1.350 mil). For ESPN’s college football numbers, click here. (Sports Business Daily)
  • Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic is averaging a 1.56 rating for Capitals games this season (27 telecasts), up 30% from the comparable point last year. The Capitals are outdrawing the Wizards, whose first 17 telecasts on CSN MA averaged a 1.47 rating. (
  • Saturday evening’s Indiana/Kentucky game drew a 1.6 U.S. rating and 2.588 million viewers on ESPN, the day’s top college basketball telecast on ESPN or ESPN2. Earlier in the day, Tennessee/Pittsburgh drew a 1.0 and 1.488 million on ESPN. ESPN2 aired five college basketball telecasts on Saturday, none of which topped one million viewers. (