NCAA Week 9: Big Bounce Back For ABC’s Saturday Night Football

Posted by | November 5, 2011 at 9:45 PM

One week after setting a record low, the Week 9 edition of ABC’s Saturday Night Football earned one of the largest audiences of the season.

Regional college football action featuring #6 Stanford/USC earned a 5.3 final rating and 8.426 million viewers on ABC last Saturday night, up 13% in ratings and 10% in viewership from last year (ORE/USC*: 4.7, 7.645M), and up 26% and 23%, respectively, from 2009 (USC/ORE* 4.2, 6.833M).

The telecast ranks as the highest rated and most-viewed college football telecast on ABC since Oklahoma/Florida State in Week 3 (5.8, 9.307M).

Earlier in the day, additional regional action earned a 2.7 and 4.420 million viewers, down 18% in ratings and 14% in viewership from last year (MSU/IOWA*: 3.3, 5.154M), and down 16% and 8%, respectively, from 2009 (MIA/WAKE*: 3.2, 4.781M).

Ratings/Viewership For College Football on ABC
Through Week 9 of the season

Date
Time
Game
Net
Rating
Viewers (000)
Sat., 9/3/11 3:30 PM Regional ABC
2.2
3,409
8 PM ORE 27, LSU 40 ABC
4.6
7,751
Sat., 9/10/11 3:30 PM ALA 27, PSU 11 ABC
3.9
6,083
Sat., 9/17/11 12 PM AUB 21, CLE 38 ABC
3.1
4,410
3:30 PM Regional ABC
2.8
4,355
8 PM OKLA 23, FSU 13 ABC
5.8
9,307
Sat., 9/24/11 12 PM ND 15, PIT 12 ABC
3.1
4,322
3:30 PM Regional ABC
3.4
5,301
8 PM LSU 47, WVU 21 ABC
4.1
6,503
Sat., 10/1/11 3:30 PM Regional ABC
3.6
5,472
8 PM NEB 17, WISC 48 ABC
3.5
5,753
Sat., 10/8/11 12 PM OKLA 55, TEX 17 ABC
4.3
6,533
3:30 PM Regional ABC
3.5
5,367
8 PM OSU 27, NEB 34 ABC
3.6
5,639
Sat., 10/15/11 3:30 PM OKST 38, TEX 26 ABC
3.8
5,587
Sat., 10/22/11 3:30 PM Regional ABC
2.2
3,491
8 PM Regional ABC
2.1
3,453
Sat., 10/29/11 3:30 PM Regional ABC
2.7
4,420
8 PM Regional ABC
5.3
8,426

(Last week’s numbers from Nielsen)