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Final Ratings: Notre Dame-Michigan Helps ESPN To Record College Football Saturday

ESPN finished with a 5.3 rating and 8.7 million viewers for last Saturday’s Notre Dame-Michigan game, marking the net’s best regular-season college football audience since Boise State-Virginia Tech in ’10 (6.3 rating, 9.9 million viewers). The game had a higher audience than ESPN’s telecasts of last season's Chick-fil-A and Outback Bowls. ESPN also had its most-viewed Saturday ever during the college football regular season, as the net also saw big audiences for Florida-Miami and South Carolina-Georgia. The net averaged 3.8 million total-day viewers, surpassing the previous high of 3.3 million set on Sept. 12, 2009 -- a day that included 10.6 million viewers for a USC-Ohio State matchup (Austin Karp, Assistant Managing Editor).

NOTES: Viewership for Blue Jays games on Rogers Sportsnet “are down only slightly from last season’s record highs despite the team’s poor play.” When “it became clear the Jays wouldn’t contend for a playoff spot” in August ‘12, average viewership dropped to 437,000 per game. With the team “again out of contention” by August this year, “ratings fell again,” but to 475,000 per game (THESTAR.com, 9/12)....Cardinals-Rams last Sunday earned a 24.1 local rating in St. Louis, “making it the second-best rated season opener in the last nine seasons” (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 9/13).

TELECAST
DATE
NET
TIME (ET)
RAT.
VIEWERS (000)
U.S. Open: Women's Final: Serena Williams d. Victoria Azarenka
9/8
CBS
4:28-7:51pm
4.0
n/a
"NFL on Fox": Packers-49ers (94%)
9/8
Fox
4:15-7:30pm
16.6
28,500
"Sunday Night Football": Giants-Cowboys
9/8
NBC
8:31-11:44pm
15.0
25,398
NFL Kickoff: Ravens-Broncos
9/5
NBC
9:08pm-12:25am
14.9
25,133
"NFL on CBS": (single)
9/8
CBS
1:00-4:28pm
9.5
n/a
"NFL on Fox": (regional)
9/8
Fox
1:00-4:15pm
9.0
14,700
"Football Night in America"
9/8
NBC
7:30-8:15pm
5.1
8,471
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Richmond
9/7
ABC
7:30-11:27pm
3.3
5,153
"Fox NFL Sunday"
9/8
Fox
12:00-1:00pm
3.4
5,100
College Football: (regional)
9/7
ABC
3:30-6:00pm
2.7
4,150
"The NFL Today"
9/8
CBS
12:00-1:00pm
2.5
n/a
FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Mexico-Honduras
9/6
UniMas
9:06-11:41pm
1.8
3,563
College Football: West Virginia-Oklahoma
9/7
Fox
7:05-10:49pm
2.0
3,428
U.S. Open: Women's Semifinal: Serena Williams d. Li Na
9/6
CBS
4:30-6:30pm
1.6
n/a
MLB: (regional)
9/7
Fox
1:00-4:00pm
1.5
2,057
U.S. Open: Men's Semifinals: Rafael Nadal d. Richard Gasquet
9/7
CBS
5:00-7:30pm
1.5
n/a
U.S. Open: Men's Semifinals:
Novak Djokovic d. Stanislas Wawrinka
9/7
CBS
12:00-5:00pm
1.4
n/a
U.S. Open: Doubles Finals
9/6
CBS
12:30-2:30pm
1.1
n/a
U.S. Open: Women's Semifinal:
Victoria Azarenka d. Flavia Pennetta
9/6
CBS
2:35-4:30pm
1.1
n/a
Liga MX: UNAM Pumas-Club America
9/2
UniMas
9:20-11:30pm
0.6
1,188
Liga MX: Club America-Monterrey
9/7
Univ.
5:50-8:00pm
0.6
1,138
Sailing: America's Cup Final
9/8
NBC
4:00-6:00pm
0.7
1,070
Sailing: America's Cup Final
9/7
NBC
4:00-6:00pm
0.7
1,040
Diamond League Track & Field
9/8
NBC
2:00-3:00pm
0.5
675
Red Bull: Joyride
9/7
NBC
2:00-4:00pm
0.4
496
Liga MX: Pachuca-UNAM Pumas
9/7
UniMas
7:50-10:00pm
0.2
326
Cycling: La Vuelta a Espana
9/8
NBC
3:00-4:00pm
0.3
324
TELECAST
DATE
NET
TIME (ET)
RAT.
VIEWERS (000)
College Football: Notre-Dame Michigan
9/7
ESPN
8:00-11:45pm
5.3
8,653
College Football: South Carolina-Georgia
9/7
ESPN
4:25-7:53pm
4.3
7,045
College Football: Florida-Miami
9/7
ESPN
12:00-3:31pm
3.1
4,596
College Football: Florida State-Pitt
9/2
ESPN
8:04-11:16pm
2.9
4,465
"Sunday NFL Countdown"
9/8
ESPN
10:00am-1:00pm
1.7
2,385
NASCAR Nationwide Series: Richmond
9/6
ESPN
7:30-10:00pm
1.1
1,834
"College GameDay"
9/7
ESPN
9:00am-12:00pm
1.3
1,832
College Football: Texas-BYU
9/7
ESPN2
8:45pm-12:19pm
0.8
1,290
MLB: Dodgers-Reds
9/8
ESPN
8:00-11:05pm
0.9
1,275
U.S. Open: Second Round
9/3
ESPN
7:00-11:45pm
0.8
1,158
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