Final ratings rose dramatically from the previous week for college football on FOX. In other news, SEC coverage gave CBS the second-biggest rating of the week, and SEC action led the way for both ESPN and ESPN2.
- FOX College Football Up Big From Previous Week: Last Saturday’s Texas/Oklahoma State college football game drew a 2.5 final rating and 3.815 million viewers on FOX, up 39% in ratings and 36% in viewership from Kansas State/Oklahoma a week earlier (1.8, 2.816M), and flat compared to USC/Stanford two weeks ago (2.5, 3.816M). The game lost head-to-head to ABC’s Wisconsin/Nebraska “Saturday Night Football” game (2.7, 4.258M). (Weekend numbers from Sports Business Daily)
- Ratings Down For Vols/Dawgs: The season’s third edition of the “SEC on CBS,” pitting Tennessee against Georgia, drew a 2.9 final rating last Saturday — down 9% from Auburn/South Carolina last year (3.2), but up 12% from Tennessee/LSU in 2010 (2.6). The telecast earned the second-highest college football rating of the weekend on any network. (Weekend numbers from Sports Business Daily)
- SEC Leads the Way on ESPN, ESPN2: Saturday’s Mississippi/Alabama college football game earned a 2.1 U.S. rating and 3.496 million viewers on ESPN, the network’s top college football telecast of the week. Also Saturday, Florida State/South Florida drew a 1.1 and 1.663 million, and Penn State/Illinois scored a 1.2 and 1.727 million. The day’s top telecast on ESPN2 was South Carolina/Kentucky, with a 1.2 and 1.874 million. (Saturday numbers from Son of the Bronx)