NCAA Week 11: Overnights Down Big For Notre Dame on ABC


Notre Dame’s ratings momentum slowed Saturday night.

The latest edition of ABC’s “Saturday Night Football,” pitting undefeated Notre Dame against Boston College, drew a 3.8 overnight rating — down 36% from Oregon/Stanford last year (5.9), but up 12% from regional action featuring Oklahoma State/Texas in 2010 (3.4).

The 3.8 overnight is the third-highest of the season for “Saturday Night Football,” trailing only Michigan/Alabama in week one (4.7) and Notre Dame/Oklahoma in week seven (5.9).

It has not been a great season for ABC’s Saturday night franchise, owing in part to weekly competition from FOX. Saturday’s 3.8 may be the third-highest of the season, but it would have only ranked as the sixth-highest at this point last year. Of the nine Saturday night windows on ABC this year, six have had declines in overnights.

Earlier Saturday, regional college football action featuring Penn State/Nebraska drew a 2.0 overnight — down 43% from regional action featuring Michigan/Illinois last year (3.5), and down 52% from coverage featuring Penn State/Ohio State in 2010 (4.2).

The game was trounced head-to-head by Texas A&M/Alabama on CBS (6.6), but doubled Oregon State/Stanford on FOX (1.0).

In the first game of Saturday’s tripleheader, regional action featuring Louisville/Syracuse drew a 1.5 overnight — down a tick from coverage featuring Oklahoma State/Texas Tech last year (1.6).

(Saturday’s overnights from Sports Business Daily)

  • bignasty96

    Don’t really see how drawing the 2nd highest rating of the weekend against a 2-8 team constitutes saying “momentum slowed” for Notre Dame.