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SBD/December 19, 2011/Research and RatingsPrint All
College bowl season began Saturday with ESPN airing three games. The Ohio-Utah State Famous Idaho Potato Bowl had the highest rating among the three with a 1.7 overnight rating from 5:30-9:00pm ET. However, that figure was down slightly from a 1.8 overnight for the Northern Illinois-Fresno State matchup in the same bowl last year. The primetime game, featuring Louisiana Lafayette-San Diego State in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, earned a 1.5 overnight from 9:00pm-1:00am, up from a 1.3 rating for Troy-Ohio last year. The early afternoon Temple-Wyoming Gildan New Mexico Bowl from 2:00-5:15pm earned a 1.7 rating, down from a 1.9 for BYU-UTEP last year.
Listed below are overnight Nielsen ratings from weekend sports telecasts on broadcast TV.
TELECASTDATENETTIME (ET)RAT. "ESPN Sports Saturday"12/17ABC4:00-6:00pm0.8 "Third & Long"12/17CBS1:00-2:00pm0.7 NCAA Basketball: Butler-Purdue12/17CBS2:00-4:15pm1.0 NCAA Basketball: (regional)12/17CBS4:15-6:45pm1.4 Swimming: Duel in the Pool12/17NBC2:00-4:30pm0.6 Winter Dew Tour: Nike Open12/17NBC4:30-6:00pm0.8 "The NFL Today"12/18CBS12:00-1:00pm2.4 "NFL on CBS": (regional)12/18CBS1:00-4:15pm7.2 "NFL on CBS": Patriots-Broncos (79%)12/18CBS4:15-7:30pm19.5 "Fox NFL Sunday"12/18Fox12:00-1:00pm3.7 "NFL on Fox": (single)12/18Fox1:00-4:05pmn/a Snowboarding: U.S. Grand Prix (taped)12/18NBC12:30-2:00pm0.4 Winter Dew Tour: Nike Open12/18NBC2:00-4:00pm0.4 "Brian Boitano Skating Spectacular" (taped)12/18NBC4:00-6:00pm0.7 "Football Night in America"12/18NBC7:30-8:15pm5.1 "Sunday Night Football": Ravens-Chargers12/18NBC8:30-11:30pm11.3