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CBS’ Alabama-Florida matchup led all weekend college football telecasts with a 4.7 overnight Nielsen rating. However, the network’s lone regular-season SEC primetime telecast was down 7.8% from a 5.1 overnight for the same matchup in primetime last year. Up against Alabama-Florida, ABC earned a 3.2 overnight for Wisconsin’s blowout win in Nebraska’s first regular-season Big Ten matchup ever. ABC’s regionalized 3:30pm ET window actually fared better with a 3.5 overnight, but that window was down significantly from a 4.8 overnight for regional action in the same window last year. Arkansas’ OT win over Texas A&M marked ESPN’s best college football audience with a 2.3 overnight. Fox aired its second EPL match on Sunday, with Arsenal-Tottenham Hostpur earning a 1.1 overnight following the net’s big NFL singleheader rating. The net’s first EPL match -- Chelsea-Manchester United -- earned a 1.2 overnight on Sept. 18.
The chart below lists overnight Nielsen ratings from weekend sports telecasts on broadcast TV.
TELECASTDATENETTIME (ET)RAT. "College Football Countdown"10/1ABC3:00-3:30pm0.8 NCAA Football: (regional)10/1ABC3:30-7:00pm3.5 NCAA Football: Nebraska-Wisconsin10/1ABC8:00-11:30pm3.2 NCAA Football: Air Force-Navy10/1CBS12:00-3:30pm1.4 NCAA Football: Auburn-South Carolina10/1CBS3:30-7:00pm3.2 NCAA Football: Alabama-Florida10/1CBS8:00-11:30pm4.7 American Le Mans Series: Road Atlanta10/2ABC4:00-6:00pm0.4 "The NFL Today"10/2CBS12:00-1:00pm2.6 "NFL on CBS": (regional)10/2CBS1:00-4:15pm9.3 "NFL on CBS": Broncos-Packers (59%)10/2CBS4:15-7:00pm13.6 "Fox NFL Sunday"10/2Fox12:00-1:00pm3.6 "NFL on Fox": (single)10/2Fox1:00-4:05pm14.9 EPL: Arsenal-Tottenham Hotspur (taped)10/2Fox4:30-6:30pm1.1 Rugby World Cup: New Zealand-Canada (taped)10/2NBC3:00-6:00pm0.6 "Football Night in America"10/2NBC7:30-8:15pm5.6 "Sunday Night Football": Jets-Ravens10/2NBC8:30-11:30pm12.7