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Overnight Ratings: ABC Sees Slight Decline For Bowl Season Opening Doubleheader

College bowl season got underway on Saturday, with ABC drawing a 2.4 overnight rating for Boise State's win over Oregon in the Las Vegas Bowl from 3:30-7:15pm ET. That number is down from a 2.6 last year for Houston-San Diego State. Earlier on Saturday, ABC drew a 1.7 overnight for North Carolina A&T's win over Grambling State in the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl, down from a 2.0 for the same matchup last year. 

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

TELECAST
DATE
NET
TIME (ET)
RAT.
Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl:
Grambling-N.C. A&T
12/16
ABC
12:00-3:30pm
1.7
Las Vegas Bowl: Boise State-Oregon
12/16
ABC
3:30-7:00pm
2.4
College basketball: Syracuse-Georgetown
12/16
CBS
12:30-3:00pm
0.8
College basketball: Cincinnati-UCLA
12/16
CBS
3:30-5:30pm
0.7
College basketball: Purdue-Butler
12/16
Fox
12:00-2:15pm
0.6
College basketball: Notre Dame-Indiana
12/16
Fox
2:30-5:15pm
0.7
UFC on Fox 26: Rafael Dos Santos d. Robbie Lawler
12/16
Fox
8:00-10:30pm
1.4
EPL: Manchester City-Tottenham Hotspur
12/16
NBC
12:30-2:30pm
0.9
U.S. Olympic trials: Short Track Speed Skating
12/16
NBC
2:30-4:00pm
0.9
Golf: PNC Father/Son Challenge (taped)
12/16
NBC
4:00-6:00pm
1.6
"World of X Games: Real Snow"
12/17
ABC
3:00-4:00pm
0.4
"The NFL Today"
12/17
CBS
12:00-1:03pm
2.2
NFL: (regional)
12/17
CBS
1:03-4:25pm
6.7
NFL national window: Patriots-Steelers (91%)
12/17
CBS
4:25-7:40pm
17.0
"Fox NFL Kickoff"
12/17
Fox
11:00am-12:00pm
1.5
"Fox NFL Sunday"
12/17
Fox
12:00-1:03pm
3.5
NFL: (singleheader)
12/17
Fox
1:03-4:25pm
11.6
"Herd for the Holidays"
12/17
Fox
4:30-5:30pm
3.4
U.S. Olympic trials: Short Track Speed Skating
12/17
NBC
1:00-3:00pm
0.7
Golf: PNC Father/Son Challenge (taped)
12/17
NBC
3:00-6:00pm
0.7
"Football Night in America"
12/17
NBC
7:30-8:15pm
5.2
"SNF": Cowboys-Raiders
12/17
NBC
8:30-11:30pm
12.3