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Volume 24 No. 117

Research and Ratings

Penn State's win over Iowa on Saturday night drew a 3.1 overnight rating on ABC, making it the top-rated college football telecast of the weekend across broadcast nets. That number is up 11% from a 2.8 overnight for the comparable Stanford-UCLA game last season. For its regional window Saturday, which featured NC State's upset of Florida State, ABC earned a 2.9 overnight, up 45% from last year. ABC also saw a small increase for its late-afternoon window, drawing a 2.5 overnight for USC-Cal. Penn State-Michigan in that window last year earned a 2.4 rating. Meanwhile, CBS drew a 1.8 overnight Saturday afternoon for Alabama's 59-0 blowout of Vanderbilt, down from a 3.7 for last year's Florida-Tennessee matchup in Week 4. 

STARTING STRONG: ABC earned a 0.6 overnight rating yesterday afternoon for the Sparks' 85-84 win over the Lynx in Game 1 of the WNBA Finals, marking the league's highest-rated Game 1 ever. That number is up from a 0.5 rating for Sparks-Lynx Game 1 last year. Chicago would have ranked as a top five market for yesterday's Game 1, but the local ABC affiliate stuck with Cubs-Brewers until 4:15pm CT.

The chart below lists overnight ratings from weekend sports telecasts on broadcast TV.

TELECAST
DATE
NET
TIME (ET)
RATING
College football: (regional)
9/23
ABC
12:00-3:45pm
2.9
College football: USC-Cal
9/23
ABC
3:45-7:15pm
2.5
College football: Penn State-Iowa
9/23
ABC
7:30-11:15pm
3.1
College football special: "Drive to Atlanta"
9/23
CBS
2:30-3:00pm
0.4
"College Football Today"
9/23
CBS
3:00-3:30pm
0.6
College football: Alabama-Vanderbilt
9/23
CBS
3:30-7:00pm
1.8
MLB: (regional)
9/23
Fox
1:00-4:00pm
1.1
College football: Michigan-Purdue
9/23
Fox
4:30-7:45pm
2.4
College football: Notre Dame-Michigan State
9/23
Fox
8:15pm-12:00am
2.4
EPL: Liverpool-Leicester City
9/23
NBC
12:30-2:30pm
0.7
PGA Tour: Tour Championship: third round
9/23
NBC
2:30-6:30pm
1.3
"World of X Games: Street League Skateboarding"
9/24
ABC
2:30-3:30pm
0.6
WNBA Finals: Game 1: Sparks-Lynx
9/24
ABC
3:30-6:00pm
0.6
"The NFL Today"
9/24
CBS
12:00-1:00pm
3.2
NFL: (regional)
9/24
CBS
1:00-4:00pm
10.0
NFL: Bengals-Packers (80%)
9/24
CBS
4:25-7:30pm
13.8
"Fox NFL Kickoff"
9/24
Fox
11:00am-12:00pm
1.6
"Fox NFL Sunday"
9/24
Fox
12:00-1:00pm
3.7
NFL: (singleheader)
9/24
Fox
1:00-4:30pm
10.3
"Presidents Cup Special"
9/24
NBC
12:30-1:30pm
0.4
PGA Tour: Tour Championship: final round
9/24
NBC
1:30-6:00pm
1.5
"SNF" Raiders-Redskins
9/24
NBC
8:30-11:15pm
11.5