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A highly-anticipated Miami-Florida State matchup was the most-watched college football game of the weekend. ABC drew a 5.4 overnight for the primetime game, up 184% from Oklahoma State-Kansas State in Week 10 last year. CBS' Georgia-Florida game was the top afternoon college game on Saturday, drawing a 3.4 overnight, which was just ahead of the 3.3 for Michigan-Michigan State game on ABC. However, the Georgia-Florida matchup is down 26% from the same game on CBS last year (aired on week earlier). The '13 Georgia-Florida telecast is up 70% from Georgia-Ole Miss in Week 10 last season. ESPN’s top college games for the weekend were Illinois-Penn State and Tennessee-Missouri, which both drew a 1.3 overnight.
HORSE FEATHERS: NBC drew a 1.4 overnight rating for the Breeders' Cup Classic from 8:00-9:00pm ET on Saturday. Last year's event, which had a lead-in from the triple OT Pitt-Notre Dame game that went right up until the start of the telecast, drew a 2.2 overnight. Navy-Notre Dame aired on NBC on Saturday from 3:30-7:00pm.
NOTES: ESPN drew a 2.3 overnight for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from Texas Motor Speedway yesterday, down from a 2.5 rating for the same race last year. ESPN also drew a 2.0 overnight for its opening NBA doubleheader on Friday night, which featured Heat-Nets and Spurs-Lakers. That figure marks the net's third-best season-opening NBA doubleheader ever (excluding Christmas Day doubleheader in '11-12 due to lockout).
The chart below lists overnight Nielsen ratings from weekend sports telecasts on broadcast TV.
TELECASTDATENETTIME (ET)RATING College Football: (regional)11/2ABC12:00-3:30pm2.3 College Football: Michigan-Michigan State11/2ABC3:30-7:00pm3.3 College Football: Miami-Florida State11/2ABC8:00-11:45pm5.4 Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League11/2CBS2:00-3:00pm0.4 "College Football Today"11/2CBS3:00-3:30pm0.8 College Football: Florida-Georgia11/2CBS3:30-7:00pm3.4 College Football: Oklahoma State-Texas Tech11/2Fox7:00-10:30pm1.5 EPL: Arsenal-Liverpool11/2NBC1:30-3:30pm0.8 College Football: Navy-Notre Dame11/2NBC3:30-7:00pm1.8 Breeders' Cup Classic11/2NBC8:00-9:00pm1.4 "ING NYC Marathon Highlights Show"11/3ABC4:00-6:00pm0.6 "The NFL Today"11/3CBS12:00-1:00pm2.6 "NFL on CBS": (regional)11/3CBS1:00-4:15pm10.0 "NFL on CBS": Steelers-Patriots (88%)11/3CBS4:15-7:30pm15.4 "Fox NFL Sunday"11/3Fox12:00-1:00pm3.2 "NFL on Fox": (single)11/3Fox1:00-4:05pm12.8 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating: Skate China11/3NBC1:30-3:30pm0.7 MLS Eastern Conference Semis: Dynamo-Red Bulls: Leg 111/3NBC3:30-6:00pm0.4 "Football Night in America"11/3NBC7:30-8:15pm4.0 "Sunday Night Football": Colts-Texans11/3NBC8:30-11:30pm11.4