- Most-Watched Sporting Event across All Networks on Saturday, Oct. 15
- ABC is Most-Watched Prime-Time Network for Third Consecutive College Football Saturday
- ABC up Year-over-Year in All Three Week 7 Windows
Ohio State at Wisconsin’s overtime thriller (8 p.m. on ABC) grabbed the attention of sports fans as the Big Ten game generated a total live audience (TV+ streaming) of 9,123,000 viewers, the most-watched sporting event across all networks on Saturday, October 15. The Buckeyes’ 30-23 victory is the third most-watched college football game of the season across all networks and is a top five most-streamed regular season college football game ever for ESPN with 38,695,000 million minutes watched.
Additional Buckeyes-Badgers Highlights:
- Big Audience Increase: The total live audience was up 54% from last season’s week 7 Saturday Night Football game (Penn State at Ohio State).
- Peaking in Overtime: The TV audience (8,694,000 viewers) peaked at 10,938,000 viewers when the game was in overtime (11:30 p.m. – midnight).
- Local Markets: Columbus was the No. 1 market (38.2 rating), followed by Dayton (25.8) and Milwaukee (23.7). The rating in Milwaukee was the second-highest ever for a regular season college football game on an ESPN network. The complete top 10 markets:
ABC Wins the Night For Third Consecutive College Football Saturday
The ABC’s Saturday Night Football TV audience for the Buckeyes-Badgers game led to ABC being the most-watched prime time network across households, viewers and all key demos: men 18-34, men 18-49, men 25-54 and persons 18-34, persons 18-49 and persons 25-54. This is the third consecutive week that ABC’s Saturday Night Football resulted in ABC being the most-watched network in prime time on a college football Saturday.
Overall on Saturday, Oct. 15, ABC televised three of the four most-watched college football games across all networks.
ABC and ESPN Deliver Most-Watched Games of the Season Across All Networks
ABC and ESPN have combined to televise the four most watched games of the season across all networks and seven of the top eight.
Most-Watched Game of 2016 Season – Across All Networks
|1||10,945,000||Notre Dame at Texas||Sept. 4, 2016||ABC|
|2||9,286,000||Louisville at Clemson||Oct. 1, 2016||ABC|
|3||8,964,000||Ohio State at Wisconsin||Oct. 15, 2016||ABC|
|4||8,354,000||Ole Miss vs. Florida State||Sept. 5, 2016||ESPN|
|5||8,169,000||Alabama at Ole Miss||Sept. 17, 2016||CBS|
|6||7,944,000||USC vs. Alabama||Sept. 3, 2016||ABC|
|7||7,832,000||LSU vs. Wisconsin||Sept. 3, 2016||ABC|
|8||6,851,000||Wisconsin at Michigan||Oct. 1, 2016||ABC|
Streaming Minutes Continue to Increase
Four of the five most-streamed regular season college football games have occurred this season:
|1||59,703,000||Ole Miss vs. Florida State||September 5, 2016|
|2||51,107,000||Louisville at Clemson||October 1, 2016|
|3||49,920,000||Notre Dame at Texas||September 4, 2016|
|4||39,424,000||Michigan State at Michigan||October 17, 2015|
|5||38,695,000||Ohio State at Wisconsin||October 15, 2016|
Based on minutes watched
Additional ESPN/ABC Week 7 Highlights:
- NC State at Clemson (Noon on ABC): A total live audience of 4,598,000 viewers, up 37% from last season’s comparable window (regional action: Ole Miss at Memphis and Iowa at Northwestern). Television audience (4,506,000 viewers) peaked at 6,621,000 viewers when two teams were in overtime (3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
- Nebraska at Indiana and North Carolina at Miami (3:30 p.m. on ABC): A total live audience of 3,768,000, up 139% from last season’s comparable window (Oklahoma at Kansas State).
- Duke at Louisville (7 p.m. on ESPN on Friday, Oct. 14): A total live audience of 1,928,000 viewers, up 29% from last year’s comparable window (Cincinnati at BYU).
All games were Saturday, Oct. 15 unless noted