Ratings: College Football and MLB Postseason Overnights


Recent sports TV ratings news, including the 2011 Major League Baseball postseason on TBS, Saturday’s college football tripleheader on CBS (including Alabama/Florida), and Saturday’s college football doubleheader on ABC (including Nebraska/Wisconsin).

  • Yankees/Tigers Overnight Up 30%: Monday’s ALDS Game 3 between the Yankees and Tigers earned a 4.8 overnight rating on TBS, up 30% from the comparable game on the fourth night of last year’s postseason (MIN/NYY G3: 3.7). Last year’s game aired on a Saturday night. Earlier Monday, Rangers/Rays Game 3 drew a 2.8 overnight, even with last year (TB/TEX G3: 2.8). (Turner Sports)
  • Alabama/Florida Not Ready For Primetime: Saturday’s primetime #3 Alabama/#12 Florida game earned a 4.7 overnight rating on CBS, down 8% from CBS’ primetime game last year, which featured the same teams (UF/ALA: 5.1), and down 31% from the network’s primetime game in 2009 (UF/LSU: 6.8). Despite the drop, the game drew the top NCAA overnight of the day. Earlier Saturday, Auburn/#10 South Carolina drew a 3.2 overnight, up 33% from last year (TEN/LSU: 2.4), and down 14% from 2009 (LSU/UGA: 3.7). The CBS tripleheader began with a 1.4 overnight for Air Force/Navy; there was no game in the comparable slot a year ago. (This week’s numbers from Houston Chronicle)
  • Mixed Numbers For ABC College Football Doubleheader: The Week 5 edition of ABC’s Saturday Night Football, pitting #8 Nebraska against #7 Wisconsin, earned a 3.2 overnight on ABC — down 6% from last year (STAN/ORE*: 3.4), and down 42% from 2009 (OU/MIA*: 5.5). Earlier in the day, regional action featuring Michigan State/Ohio State drew a 3.5 overnight, down 27% from last year (TEX/OU*: 4.8), but up 25% from 2009 (FSU/BC*: 2.8). (Houston Chronicle)
  • Jeffrey

    What baseball needs are deciding games in the postseason, especially the Series. I remember Game 7’s doing simply amazing numbers in the past: 38.9 in ’86 (against MNF!), 32.2 in ’91, a 24.5 in ’97. But the most recent Game 7 was in ’02 (not so “recent”, now that I type this!), and that game did about a 17.  I wonder what a Game 7 between, say, the Brewers and Rangers would do today?

    • Paulsen

      Depends. If the rest of the series is good, a Brewers/Rangers Game 7 could earn somewhere around a 14.0-16.0 rating. Don’t think it could get to the 17.9 for Giants/Angels in ’02.