Ratings: Big Ten and Pac-12 Championships, College Gameday, Chevron World Challenge

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Recent sports TV ratings notes, including a viewership record for ESPN’s College Gameday, ratings and viewership for the Big Ten and Pac-12 championship games on FOX, and a decline in viewership for Tiger Woods‘ win at the Chevron World Challenge.

  • Ratings For Big Ten, Pac-12 Championship Games: The #15 Wisconsin/#13 Michigan State Big Ten Championship Game earned a 4.6 final rating and 7.777 million viewers on FOX December 5, second only to the SEC Championship Game (UGA/LSU: 7.3, 12.016M, CBS) as the top college football telecast of Week 14. One night earlier, the UCLA/#9 Oregon Pac-12 Championship Game drew a 2.9 and 4.488 million viewers, ranking as the lowest rated of the four conference championship games on broadcast. (Media Life Magazine)
  • ‘College Gameday’ Has Most-Viewed Season: ESPN’s College Gameday pregame show averaged a 1.5 U.S. rating and 2.068 million viewers during the 2011 regular season, the most-viewed season in the history of the program. (espnmediazone3.com)
  • Viewership Down 9% For Tiger’s Chevron World Challenge Win: Final round coverage of golf’s Chevron World Challenge, featuring Tiger Woods‘ first tournament victory in two years, earned a 2.4 final rating and 3.549 million viewers on NBC December 5 — flat in ratings and down 9% in viewership from last year (2.4, 3.880M), and up 200% in both measures compared to 2009 (0.8, 1.183M). The previous day, third round action drew a 1.7 and 2.435 million, up 6% in ratings and 2% in viewership from last year (1.6, 2.389M), and up 183% and 166%, respectively, from 2009 (0.6, 914K). (Media Life Magazine)
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