or


[12/30/17 - 06:45 AM]
Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Delivers Its Highest Non-CFP Semifinal Rating of New Year's Six Era
ESPN spins the numbers for Friday, December 29.

[via press release from ESPN]

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Delivers Its Highest Non-CFP Semifinal Rating of New Year's Six Era

· Cotton Bowl is Up 84% from Last Season's Game

· Second-Best Non-CFP Semifinal Cotton Bowl on Record across All Networks

· ESPN Televises Three Highest-Rated Bowl Games on Dec. 29 across All Networks

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic featuring USC vs. Ohio State (Dec. 29, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) delivered a 5.9 overnight, the highest-rated non-CFP Semifinal Cotton Bowl of the New Year's Six Era. The game, which featured Ohio State jumping out to a 24-0 first half lead, is up 84% from last season's New Year's Day Cotton Bowl Classic (Jan. 1, 2017) and up 11% from the Cotton Bowl during the Inaugural year of the New Year's Six (Jan. 1, 2015).

Expanding beyond the New Year's Six era, this year's Cotton Bowl is the bowl game's second best non-CFP Semifinal rating on record, across all networks.

Columbus Easily Earns Best Local Rating

For the Buckeyes' 24-7 victory, Columbus was the highest-rated local market, delivering a 43.3 local rating. Dayton and Cleveland were second and third respectively, earning a 23.9 and 21.0 local rating. The complete top 10:

Rank Overnight Market
1 43.3 Columbus
2 23.9 Dayton
3 21.0 Cleveland
4 13.5 Cincinnati
5 12.6 Birmingham
6 8.9 Knoxville
7 8.4 Oklahoma City
8 8.3 Nashville
9 7.8 Greenville
7.8 Louisville

ESPN Airs Three Highest-Rated College Football Bowl Games on Friday, Dec. 29

Across the entire day, ESPN's three college football bowl telecasts were the three highest-rated bowl games across the sport's four-game slate. The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl featuring Kentucky vs. Northwestern (1 p.m., ESPN) delivered a 3.0 overnight and the Belk Bowl between Wake Forest and Texas A&M (4:30 p.m., ESPN) delivered a 2.0 overnight.

Records for the Cotton Bowl date back to 2005.

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl was a CFP Semifinal for the 2015 college football season.

Please note: Nielsen reported numbers for all ESPN telecast reflect TV viewing + Streaming audiences on OTT devices (such as Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, gaming consoles and smart TVs). This new system has been used since Sept. 26.

Ohio State-USC Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Delivers Most-Watched Non-CFP Semifinal Cotton Bowl of the New Year's Six Era

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic featuring USC vs. Ohio State (Dec. 29, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) is the most-watched non-CFP Semifinal Cotton Bowl of the New Year's Six era, as the game had a Nielsen-reported audience of 9,468,000 viewers based on the company's fast nationals data. The viewership for the one-sided, Buckeye's victory was up 74% from last season's New Year's Day Cotton Bowl (Jan. 1, 2017) and up 4% from the Cotton Bowl during the inaugural year of the New Year's Six (Jan. 1, 2015). Beyond the New Year's Six era, the Trojans-Buckeyes Cotton Bowl viewership is the bowl's third best viewership in 20 years, excluding the one year it was a College Football Playoff Semifinal.

As documented this morning in the overnight ratings release, Columbus was the highest-rated local market, followed by Dayton and Cleveland for the game.

ESPN's Bowl Telecast Lead the Way on Friday, Dec. 29

Yesterday, ESPN's three college football bowl telecasts were the three highest-rated bowl games across the sport's four-game slate. They are also expected to be the three most-viewed games across the day when all final numbers are reported early next week.

ESPN's Coverage of the New Year's Six Continues Today and New Year's Day

ESPN's coverage of the New Year's Six continues today with the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl featuring No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 11 Washington (4 p.m.) and the Capital One Orange Bowl between No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 10 Miami (8 p.m.). The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl between No. 7 Auburn and No. 12 UCF (12:30 p.m.), as well as both College Football Playoff Semifinals: The Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual between No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 3 Georgia (5 p.m.) and the Allstate Sugar Bowl featuring No. 1 Clemson vs. No. 4 Alabama (8:45 p.m.) will take place on New Year's Day. All New Year's Six games are on televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes and broadcast on ESPN Radio.

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl was a CFP Semifinal for the 2015 college football season.

Please note: Nielsen reported numbers for all ESPN telecast reflect TV viewing + Streaming audiences on OTT devices (such as Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, gaming consoles and smart TVs). This new system has been used since Sept. 26.





  [december 2017]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





most recent ratings | view all posts
[09/21/21 - 11:06 AM]
Auburn-Penn State Registers 7.6 Million Viewers for ABC's "Saturday Night Football," ABC/ESPN Win the Night in Week 3
ABC's telecast averaged 7,606,000 viewers, the second-most-watched Week 3 game across all networks and fifth-best game of the year.

[09/21/21 - 09:31 AM]
NBC Wins 52-Week Season in 18-49 and Total Viewers for First Time Since 2018
"In an era with no shortage of viewing options, the reach and impact of broadcast television is still undeniable," said Frances Berwick.

[09/21/21 - 09:00 AM]
CBS Sports' Presentation of Alabama-Florida Delivers Massive Viewership
The game peaked with 11.587 million viewers from 6:45 to 7:00 PM, ET.

[09/21/21 - 08:47 AM]
"NFL on CBS" Continues Strong Start to Season with Impressive Week 2 Viewership
Highlighted by Dallas' last-second win over the L.A. Chargers and Tennessee's overtime win over Seattle, the 4:25 PM, ET game window is CBS' most-watched national game window in September since 2014.

[09/20/21 - 02:09 PM]
Chiefs-Ravens Thriller Is Most-Watched Week 2 NBC "Sunday Night Football" Game Since 2018, With Total Audience Delivery of Nearly 21 Million Viewers
The Average Minute Audience (AMA) for last night's live stream via Peacock, NBC Sports Digital platforms, NFL Digital platforms, Chiefs and Ravens mobile properties, and Yahoo Sports mobile properties was approximately 630,000 viewers.

[09/14/21 - 03:28 PM]
ESPN's "Monday Night Football" Season-Opening MegaCast: 15.3 Million Viewers, Delivering "MNF's" Most-Watched Week 1 Game Since 2013
"Monday Night Football" also helped ESPN and ABC become the most-watched networks (broadcast and cable) in prime time among households, viewers and the same key male and people demos.

[09/14/21 - 02:14 PM]
US Open Viewership Up 33% in Prime Time, 13% Overall
Coverage totaled 153 hours across ESPN and ESPN2, an increase of 15% over the 133 that had been scheduled.

[09/14/21 - 09:46 AM]
"The NFL on CBS" Delivers Massive Week 1 Audience
The combined average viewership for Sunday's doubleheader windows totaled 33.472 million viewers.

[09/10/21 - 12:39 PM]
Cowboys-Buccaneers on NBC and Peacock Is Most-Watched NFL Kickoff Game Since 2015 with Total Audience Delivery of 26 Million Viewers
With an average of approximately 24.4 million viewers on NBC, the NFL Kickoff Game is television's most-watched show since Super Bowl LV in February.

[09/08/21 - 01:40 PM]
ABC's "Saturday Night Football" and "Sunday Kickoff" Are Two Most-Watched Games of the Week, Multi-Year Viewership Highs in Week 1 as ESPN Platforms Welcome CFB Viewers Home
College football fans flocked to ESPN networks over the six-day stretch, including on the first full CFB Saturday of the season.

[09/07/21 - 08:41 AM]
"Renovation Island" Season Two Performance Bolsters HGTV Sunday Night Ratings
HGTV's breakout hit attracted more than 17 million total viewers during its 10-week run on Sundays at 8:00/7:00c.

[08/25/21 - 03:11 PM]
BET Continues Its Winning Ratings Streak with Over 2.6 Million Total Viewers Tuning in to the Midseason Finale of "Tyler Perry's Sistas" Season Three and "The Tyler Perry Show: The Sistas After-Show Edition" Last Wednesday Night
BET and Tyler Perry now have the top three scripted series on cable this season with African Americans 18-49.

[08/24/21 - 02:59 PM]
"Paw Patrol: The Movie" Proves Its Pedigree with Fans
The film, which premiered on the service the same day it hit theaters on August 20, ranked as one of the service's most-watched originals.

[08/24/21 - 01:38 PM]
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' Latest "Aurora Teagarden Mysteries" Premiere Boosts Network to Be #1 in the Sunday 9P-11P Time Slot and #2 Most-Watched in Total Day
"Honeymoon, Honeymurder" - the 17th world premiere of the series - averaged 1.9 million Total Viewers, 1.6 million Homes, 88,000 Women 25-54, and reached over 2.2 million Total Viewers.

[08/20/21 - 10:14 AM]
ABC's "The Bachelorette" Season Finale Is Week's No. 1 Show in Adults 18-49
ABC further spins the numbers for the week of August 9-15.