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Under The Lights: ABC's Saturday Night College Football Package Up 10% This Season

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 07 / 16

Viewership for ESPN’s signature Saturday night college football window on ABC increased by nearly 10% this season, leading the network to call it “the most-watched college football franchise on any network this season.” The Saturday night games averaged 5.997 million viewers and to...

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Tags: Media, ESPN, CBS

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SportsBusiness Daily: NBC Sports To Keep USA Gymnastics Telecasts

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SportsBusiness Journal: Verne Lundquist: “How DO you do?”

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SportsBusiness Journal: Fox Sports execs like trends at FS1

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SportsBusiness Daily: ESPN, Fox Still Negotiating Joint Soccer Bid

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SportsBusiness Journal: Penguins set for five-peat atop ratings

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SportsBusiness Journal: Ratings bump from Sochi hockey unlikely

The U.S. men’s hockey team’s shootout win over Russia at the Olympics drew 4.1 million viewers, the biggest audience to watch a hockey game on NBC Sports Network. Four days later, NBC Sports Group set an online record when 798,337 unique users streamed the U.S. team’s win over the ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: Tony Gonzalez Added To CBS NFL Pregame

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SportsBusiness Journal: Despite L.A., NBA local TV numbers good

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