NCAA Week 12: Slight Drop For Oregon Upset on “Saturday Night Football”


One upset this year could not quite match two upsets last year.

The latest edition of “Saturday Night Football,” featuring Stanford’s upset victory over then-#2 Oregon, earned a 5.5 overnight rating on ABC — down 5% from regional action featuring Southern Cal/Oregon last year (5.8), but up 34% from coverage featuring Nebraska/Texas A&M in 2010 (4.1).

Last year’s telecast featured a pair of upsets — USC knocking off Oregon and Baylor beating Oklahoma. There were two upsets this year as well, but the other game (Kansas State/Baylor) aired on ESPN, earning a 2.2 overnight.

Despite the slight decline, Saturday’s 5.5 overnight ranks as the fourth-highest of the season for college football on any network. Only Alabama/Louisiana State in week ten (7.0), Texas A&M/Alabama last week (6.6), and Notre Dame/Oklahoma in week nine (5.9) earned better numbers.

Earlier Saturday, regional action featuring Ohio State/Wisconsin drew a 3.2 overnight — down 24% from coverage featuring Penn State/Ohio State last year (4.2), and down 30% from coverage featuring Ohio State/Iowa in 2010 (4.6).

The telecast outdrew competing afternoon games on FOX (2.7), CBS (2.4) and NBC (1.7).

(Saturday’s overnights from Sports Business Daily)