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The opening weekend of college football led sports ratings over the weekend. ESPN earned a 3.0 overnight for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night, down from a 3.3 rating for the same Labor Day weekend race last year. Meanwhile, with Tiger Woods finishing in 65th place, NBC earned a 2.5 overnight for the final round of the PGA Tour Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday, down from a 3.4 overnight last year, when Woods finished third. NBC also earned a 1.6 overnight for Temple-Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon, down from a 2.1 rating the net’s first Notre Dame home game last season, which was against Purdue (Austin Karp, Assistant Managing Editor). The 1.6 overnight marks the “second-lowest for a Notre Dame opener on NBC since at least 1997, ahead of only Nevada/Notre Dame in 2009 (1.3)” (SPORTSMEDIAWATCH.com, 9/3).
The chart below lists overnight Nielsen ratings from Labor Day weekend sports telecasts.
TELECASTDATENETTIME (ET)RATING "RGIII: The Will To Win"8/31ABC2:00-3:00pm0.7 "College Football Countdown"8/31ABC3:00-3:30pm0.8 College Football: (regional)8/31ABC3:30-6:00pm2.2 College Football: Georgia-Clemson8/31ABC8:15pm-12:00am4.9 U.S. Open: Men's, Women's Third Round8/31CBS11:00am-6:00pm1.2 EPL: Crystal Palace-Sunderland8/31NBC12:30-3:00pm0.6 "Notre Dame pregame"8/31NBC3:00-3:30pm0.7 College Football: Temple-Notre Dame8/31NBC3:30-6:00pm1.6 American Le Mans Series: Baltimore Grand Prix9/1ABC12:00-2:00pm0.9 U.S. Open: Men's, Women's Fourth Round9/1CBS11:00am-6:00pm1.6 Diamond League Track & Field9/1NBC1:30-2:30pm0.8 PGA Tour: Deutsche Bank Championship: Third Round9/1NBC2:30-6:00pm2.4 U.S. Open: Men's, Women's Fourth Round9/2CBS11:00am-12:00pm1.3 U.S. Open: Men's, Women's Fourth Round9/2CBS12:30-6:00pm*1.2 PGA Tour: Deutsche Bank Championship: Final Round9/2NBC1:00-6:30pm**2.5
NOTES: * = 12:30-4:45pm was rain coverage. ** = Coverage began on tape-delay. After a weather delay from 3:30-4:00pm ET coverage was live from 4:00pm until conclusion.