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[11/22/15 - 08:31 AM]
No. 9 Michigan State at No. 3 Ohio State on ABC Is Highest-Rated College Football Game of the Season Across All Networks
ESPN spins the numbers for Saturday, November 21.

[via press release from ESPN]

No. 9 Michigan State at No. 3 Ohio State on ABC is Highest-Rated College Football Game of the Season Across All Networks

· ABC: Three of the Four Highest-Rated Games of the Week, Across All Networks

· ABC: Best 3:30 p.m. ET Game Since 2006

· Spartans-Buckeyes Nearly Doubles Comparable TV Window in 2014 Season; More than Doubles on WatchESPN

· ESPN/ABC has Televised Nine of the Top 10 Highest-Rated Games of the 2015 Season

No. 9 Michigan State at No. 3 Ohio State (3:30 p.m. ET on ABC) earned a 7.0 overnight, making it the highest-rated college football game of the 2015 season across all networks.

Additional Spartans-Buckeyes Superlatives:

· Highest-rated 3:30 p.m. ET game on ABC since 2006 (Michigan at Ohio State on Nov. 18, 2006).

· The Big Ten matchup was up 94% year-over-year to the comparable window* (Regional action on ABC featuring Boston College at Florida State or Wisconsin at Iowa).

· It was the most-streamed game of the week on WatchESPN, adding an additional 118,000 average minute impressions to the TV audience and 482,000 unique viewers, resulting in 24,700,000 minutes watched. This is an increase of 220% in average minute impressions, 107% in unique viewers and 226% in total minutes watched to the comparable window in 2014* (Regional action on ABC).

· Television's top local markets:
Rank Rating Market
1 42.0 Columbus
2 30.7 Dayton
3 28.5 Cleveland
4 26.0 Detroit
5 17.9 Cincinnati
6 11.0 Oklahoma City
7 10.4 Tulsa
10.4 West Palm Brach
9 10.1 Fort Myers
10 10.0 Indianapolis

· In Cleveland, the 28.5 local rating is the second best for a regular season college football game on ABC and best overall since the Michigan at Ohio State game in 2006

*Year-over-Year data is compared to week 13 of the 2014 season (Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014) and WatchESPN data is preliminary and subject to change after further processing. Final numbers will be available this week.

Top 10 Highest-Rated Games of the Season

· Through week 12, ESPN/ABC has televised nine of the top 10 college football games, based on overnights:

Rank Rating Date Time (ET) Game Network
1 7.0 Sat, Nov. 21 3:30 p.m. Michigan State at Ohio State ABC
2 6.6 Mon, Sept. 7 8 p.m. Ohio State at Virginia Tech ESPN
3 6.3 Sat, Nov. 7 8 p.m. LSU at Alabama CBS
4 5.5 Sat, Nov. 7 3:30 p.m. Florida State at Clemson ABC
5 5.1 Sat, Oct. 17 3:30 p.m. Michigan State at Michigan ESPN
6 5.0 Sat, Sept 12 8 p.m. Oregon at Michigan State ABC
7 4.8 Sat, Oct. 3 8 p.m. Notre Dame at Clemson ABC
8 4.6 Sat, Sept. 19 9:15 p.m. Ole Miss at Alabama ESPN
9 4.5 Sat, Oct. 3 3:30 p.m. Regionalized (Ohio State vs. Indiana or Texas Tech vs. Baylor) ABC
10 4.3 Sat, Sept 5 8 p.m. Wisconsin vs. Alabama ABC

Additional Week 12 Highlights:

· ABC televised three of the four most-watched games across all networks.

· No. 12 Michigan at Penn State (on ABC): 4.1 overnight, the highest-rated noon game of the year across all networks.

· ABC Saturday Night Football featuring No. 18 TCU at No. 7 Oklahoma (8 p.m.) received a 2.7 overnight.

Final television numbers will be available this week





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