The Southeastern Conference was the top draw on ESPN last week. In other news, ratings for Game 2 of the World Series dropped double-digits in both home markets, and NBC’s numbers for “Skate America” figure skating held steady.
- Any Way You Slice It, SEC Leads the Way For ESPN: The SEC was the top college football draw on ESPN last Saturday. The Noon ET Louisiana State/Texas A&M game drew a 2.8 U.S. rating and 4.176 million viewers to rank as the top rated game of the week on ESPN or ESPN2. Meanwhile, Alabama/Tennessee in primetime earned a 2.5 and 4.223 million to rank as the most-viewed. Over on ESPN2, Utah/Oregon State topped the weekend with a 0.8 and 1.301 million viewers. (Saturday numbers from Son of the Bronx)
- World Series Game 2 Down Double-Digits in Both Home Markets: Thursday’s Game 2 of the Tigers/Giants World Series drew a 36.7 rating in Detroit, down 14% from Cardinals/Tigers Game 2 on a Sunday night in 2006 (42.9). In the Bay Area, the game earned a 28.8 rating — down 21% from Rangers/Giants Game 2 in 2010 (36.4). Sacramento (24.5), St. Louis (11.1) and Las Vegas (10.3) rounded out the top five markets for the game. (Fox Sports Media Group press release [.pdf])
- Final Ratings Flat For “Skate America” on NBC: NBC earned a 0.8 final rating for tape delayed coverage of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating “Skate America” competition last Sunday afternoon — even with last year (0.8), but down a third from 2010, the most recent Olympic year (1.2). (Weekend numbers from Sports Business Daily)