NCAA Week 9: Big Ten Leads the Way on ESPN, ESPN2; SEC Games Down


Ohio State and Penn State may not have much to play for this season, but their head-to-head meeting still attracted the week’s top college football audience on ESPN.

Last Saturday’s Ohio State/Penn State college football game drew a 2.3 U.S. rating and 3.928 million viewers on ESPN — up 21% in ratings and 38% in viewership from Oklahoma/Kansas State in an earlier timeslot last year (1.9, 2.838M).

The battle of bowl-banned teams earned the top college football audience of the week on cable.

Later in the night, Mississippi State/Alabama drew a 2.1 and 3.661 million — down 22% in ratings and 20% in viewership from Wisconsin/Ohio State (2.7, 4.547M).

The game aired opposite Notre Dame/Oklahoma on ABC (5.2, 8.627M) and Game 3 of the Giants/Tigers World Series on FOX (6.1, 10.471M).

Also Saturday, ESPN drew a 2.6 and 3.892 million viewers for the Noon ET Tennessee/South Carolina game — down 13% and 10%, respectively, from Michigan State/Nebraska last year (3.0, 4.335M).

Over on ESPN2, Michigan/Nebraska topped the charts with a 1.2 and 2.037 million viewers. The Noon ET Iowa/Northwestern game ranked second with a 0.6 and 909,000 viewers, and reverse mirror coverage of ABC’s 3:30 PM window brought up the rear with a 0.4 and 640,000.

(Last Saturday’s numbers from Son of the Bronx)