Florida may be the most relevant of the Sunshine State college football teams, but Florida State and Miami still attracted the largest overnight rating on Saturday.
The latest edition of “Saturday Night Football,” featuring Florida State/Miami in most of the country, earned a 3.5 overnight rating on ABC — up 59% from coverage featuring a delayed Texas Tech/Oklahoma game last year (2.2), but down 24% from Oklahoma/Missouri in 2010 (4.6).
Saturday’s telecast, which also included Baylor/Texas in some markets, earned the largest college football overnight of the day. The afternoon South Carolina/Florida game on CBS, the site of ESPN’s “College Gameday” studio show, drew a 3.3 overnight.
Earlier Saturday, regional action including Texas Tech/TCU drew a 2.4 overnight — up 20% from regional action last year (2.0), and down 35% from regional action in 2010 (3.7).
Keep in mind last year’s numbers may have been affected by a Nielsen coding error.
In the first game of Saturday’s ABC tripleheader, coverage featuring Purdue/Ohio State drew a 3.1 overnight. There was no comparable window last year.
(Saturday’s numbers from the Houston Chronicle)