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Audience Analysis: Heavy Pregame Presence In Columbus; LPGA Down

With a highly anticipated Penn State-Ohio State game this past Saturday, three networks carried college football pregame shows from the Horseshoe in Columbus. ESPN averaged just over 2 million viewers for "College GameDay" from 9:00am-12:00pm ET, while Fox averaged 1.4 million viewers for "Big Noon Kickoff" from 10:00am-12:09pm. Over on Big Ten Network, the "BTN Tailgate" show from 10:00am-12:00pm drew 74,000 viewers.

NOTES: The LPGA CME Group Tour Championship drew 395,000 viewers on NBC on Sunday afternoon, down 33% from ABC's coverage of the final round in '18. Coming into the final event of '19, LPGA viewership across NBC, Golf Channel and CNBC was already down 10% for the season....The Grey Cup drew 108,000 viewers on Sunday afternoon on ESPN2, as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. That figure is down 46% from Ottawa Renegades-Calgary Stampeders last year.

The chart below lists viewership figures for select recent sports telecasts.

TELECAST
DATE
NET
TIME (ET)
RAT.
VIEWERS
(000)
NFL: Cowboys-Patriots (99%)
11/22
Fox
4:28-7:30pm
16.5
29,471
"SNF": Packers-49ers
11/22
NBC
8:20-11:15pm
11.8
20,828
NFL: (regional)
11/22
Fox
1:00-4:15pm
9.0
15,377
NFL: (singleheader)
11/22
CBS
1:00-4:05pm
8.1
13,516
"TNF": Colts-Texans
11/21
Fox/
NFL Net
8:23-11:15pm
7.9
12,920
"MNF": Chiefs-Chargers
11/18
ESPN
8:14-11:43pm
7.6
12,567
College football: Penn State-Ohio State
11/21
Fox
12:09-3:30pm
5.9
9,425
College football: Texas A&M-Georgia
11/21
CBS
3:30-7:00pm
2.9
4,886
College football: Oregon-Arizona State
11/21
ABC
7:36-11:00pm
2.4
4,092
College football: Arkansas-LSU
11/23
ESPN
7:00-10:21pm
1.9
3,174
College football: TCU-Oklahoma
11/21
Fox
8:00-11:30pm
1.9
3,153
College football: Purdue-Wisconsin
11/21
Fox
4:00-7:45pm
1.9
3,119
College football: Indiana-Michigan
11/23
ESPN
3:28-6:53pm
1.4
2,298
"College GameDay"
11/23
ESPN
9:00-11:59am
n/a
2,035
College football: UCLA-USC
11/21
ABC
3:30-7:00pm
1.3
1,943
NBA: Rockets-Clippers
11/22
ESPN
10:35pm-1:16am
1.1
1,659
College football: Boston College-Notre Dame
11/21
NBC
2:30-6:00pm
1.1
1,655
NBA: Celtics-Clippers
11/20
ESPN
10:04pm-12:57am
1.1
1,637
College football: Western Carolina-Alabama
11/23
ESPN
11:59am-3:00pm
0.9
1,441
"Big Noon Kickoff"
11/21
Fox
10:00am-12:09pm
n/a
1,401
"Monday Night Countdown"
11/18
ESPN
6:00-8:00pm
n/a
1,400
College football: Minnesota-Northwestern
11/21
ABC
12:00-3:30pm
0.9
1,356
"Sunday NFL Countdown"
11/24
ESPN
10:00am-1:00pm
n/a
1,213
College football: Washington-Colorado
11/23
ESPN
10:21pm-1:15am
0.8
1,177
EPL: Chelsea-Manchester City
11/21
NBC
12:30-2:30pm
0.6
1,014
Figure skating: ISU Grand Prix (taped)
11/22
NBC
4:00-6:00pm
0.6
848
LPGA: CME Group Tour Championship: final round
11/22
NBC
1:00-4:00pm
0.3
395
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