NCAA Week 14: Record-Low (Again) For ACC Title Game; C-USA Down Big


For the second straight year, overnight ratings hit record-low levels for the ACC Championship Game.

Saturday’s Florida State/Georgia Tech ACC Championship Game drew a 1.4 overnight rating on ESPN, down 18% from Clemson/Virginia Tech last year (1.7), and down 30% from Virginia Tech/Florida State in 2010 (2.0).

The 1.4 overnight is the lowest in the history of the ACC Championship Game (dates back to 2005).

Florida State/Georgia Tech was outdrawn head-to-head by Texas/Kansas State on ABC’s “Saturday Night Football” (3.3) and the Wisconsin/Nebraska Big Ten Championship Game on FOX (2.5).

In other conference championship action, ESPN2 drew a mere 0.5 overnight for Saturday’s UCF/Tulsa Conference USA Championship Game, down 84% from Southern Miss/Houston on ABC last year (3.1). Friday’s Northern Illinois/Kent State MAC Championship Game drew a 0.9.

The top college football game of the weekend on ESPN or ESPN2 was Saturday’s Noon ET Oklahoma/TCU game, which earned a 2.5.

(Saturday’s overnights from the Houston Chronicle)

  • Gary Wellborn

    The Orange Bowl will likely be lower. What a stupid match up. Florida Stae and Georgia would have been the best match up and something a large number of people would have watched. What a waste of air time. I am not sure the Noles will even show up will any desire other than not to look to bad ( hard to look worse than they did against GT).