Ratings: ACC Championship Game, Notre Dame on NBC, MLS Cup

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Recent sports TV ratings notes, including declines for the ACC Championship Game on ESPN, a record-low for the Notre Dame football season on NBC, and a sharp increase for last month’s MLS Cup.

  • ACC Championship Game Ties Record Low: The December 3 #20 Clemson/#5 Virginia Tech ACC Championship Game earned a 1.6 U.S. rating and 2.753 million viewers on ESPN, down 11% in ratings and 10% in viewership from last year (VT/FSU: 1.8, 3.047M), and flat in ratings and up 8% in viewership compared to 2009 (GT/CLEM: 1.6, 2.541M). (ESPN)
  • Notre Dame Football Sets Ratings Low on NBC: NBC averaged a 1.6 final rating for Notre Dame football games during the 2011 regular season, the lowest average since the network began airing Notre Dame games in 1991. Ratings and viewership for the seven Notre Dame games on NBC this season are presented at the bottom of this post. (Los Angeles Daily News, citing Sports Business Daily)
  • MLS Cup Viewership Up 39%: From the better late than never department, the November 20 Dynamo/Galaxy MLS Cup earned a 0.6 U.S. rating and 1.039 million viewers on ESPN, up 50% in ratings and 39% in viewership from last year (COL/DAL: 0.4, 748K), but down 14% and 9%, respectively, from 2009 (RSL/LA: 0.7, 1.141M). (The Voice of TV)

Ratings/Viewership For Notre Dame Football on NBC
During the 2011 regular season
* September 3 game against USF included weather delays, concluded on Versus.

Date
Time
Game
Net
Rating
Viewers (000)
Sat., 9/3/11* 3:30 PM USF 23, ND 20 NBC
2.1
3,249
Sat., 9/17/11 3:30 PM MSU 13, ND 31 NBC
2.6
3,831
Sat., 10/8/11 3:30 PM AF 33, ND 59 NBC
1.1
1,587
Sat., 10/22/11 7:30 PM USC 31, ND 17 NBC
2.1
3,225
Sat., 10/29/11 3:30 PM NAVY 14, ND 56 NBC
1.1
1,724
Sat., 11/12/11 7:30 PM UMD 21, ND 45 NBC
1.3
2,077
Sat., 11/19/11 4 PM BC 14, ND 16 NBC
1.6
2,321

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