Television ratings slid by nearly a third for Notre Dame in primetime Saturday.
The Notre Dame/Boston College “Saturday Night Football” game drew a 3.6 final rating and 5.755 million viewers on ABC, down 33% in ratings and 34% in viewership from Oregon/Stanford last year (5.4, 8.726M), but up 24% in both measures from regional action featuring Oklahoma State/Texas in 2010 (2.9, 4.651M).
Last year’s game was between top ten teams.
Saturday’s telecast was the first Notre Dame game on any network to have a decline in viewership since September 15, when Notre Dame/Michigan State suffered a 47% drop on ABC.
Still, the game earned the second-best numbers of the week for college football on any network, trailing only Texas A&M/Alabama on CBS.
Earlier in the day, regional college football action featuring Penn State/Nebraska drew a 2.2 and 3.477 million viewers — down 37% in ratings and viewership from coverage featuring Michigan/Illinois last year (3.5, 5.525M), and down 45% in both measures from coverage featuring Penn State/Ohio State in 2010 (4.0, 6.364M).
Final ratings/viewership were not immediately available for the first telecast of the tripleheader, which featured Louisville/Syracuse.
CORRECTION: Notre Dame/Boston College had a 3.6 final rating, not the 3.8 previously reported here.
(Saturday’s numbers from ESPN Media Zone)