TV Ratings: Week 9 College Football Overnights on ESPN and FOX (Also: MLS on NBC)


The SEC — but not Alabama — was the top college football draw on ESPN over the weekend. In other news, FOX attracted better-than-usual numbers for afternoon college football action, and NBC barely registered with Major League Soccer.

  • SEC Tops the Charts For ESPN: Saturday’s Noon ET Tennessee/South Carolina college football game earned a 2.8 overnight rating on ESPN, the top college football overnight of the weekend on cable. Ohio State/Penn State later in the day drew a 2.6, and Mississippi State/Alabama brought up the rear with a 1.9. Over on ESPN2, Michigan/Nebraska topped the charts with a 0.9, followed by the Noon ET Iowa/Northwestern game (0.6), and reverse mirror coverage of ABC’s regional 3:30 PM window (0.5). (Weekend numbers from the Houston Chronicle)
  • FOX Earns Best Saturday Afternoon CFB Overnight: The Texas Tech/Kansas State college football game drew a 1.3 overnight rating on FOX Saturday afternoon, up 86% from Stanford/California in the same timselot the previous week (0.7), and up 63% from Utah/UCLA two weeks ago (0.8). The 1.3 is easily the highest of the season for an afternoon college football game on FOX. Concurrent telecasts on ABC (2.6) and CBS (4.6) earned far better numbers. (Weekend numbers from the Houston Chronicle)
  • MLS Overnight Minuscule on NBC: Saturday’s Red Bulls/Union Major League Soccer regular season match drew a 0.3 overnight rating on NBC, down from Fire/Red Bulls earlier in the month (0.4) and Sounders/Timbers in September (0.4). To put that in perspective, ESPN2 drew the same overnight for an Everton/Liverpool English Premier League match the following morning. (Weekend numbers from Sports Business Daily)