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)