College Football Week 12: ESPN Delivers Its Two Highest Saturday Total Live Audiences of the Season; ABC and ESPN Combine to Air Four Most-Watched Games across all Networks

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College Football Week 12: ESPN Delivers Its Two Highest Saturday Total Live Audiences of the Season; ABC and ESPN Combine to Air Four Most-Watched Games across all Networks

  • ESPN More Than Doubles Its 2015 Total Live Audience in Multiple Game Windows

  • ESPN Airs Most-Watched Thursday Game of Season; SEC Network with Its Most-Streamed Saturday Game Ever

ESPN delivered its two best Saturday total live audiences (TV + digital) of the season and, combined with ABC, aired the four most-watched games across all networks during week 12 of the college football season.

Big Ten Games Set New ESPN Saturday Highs
In addition to becoming ESPN’s most-watched Saturday game of the year, Ohio State at Michigan State (noon ET) was the most-watched college football game of week 12 across all networks. The Buckeyes 17-16 win delivered a total live audience (TV + digital) of 5,990,000 viewers, up 181% from last year’s comparable game window (North Carolina at Virginia Tech). Additional Buckeye-Spartan notes:

  • Streaming Audience Sets Highs: The streaming audience of 147,000 average viewers is ESPN’s highest for Saturday game this season, a top 10 regular season game ever for all ESPN’s networks and up 243% from the previously mentioned  Tar Heels-Cavaliers game.
  • Peak Television Audience: ESPN’s TV audience (5,843,000 viewers) peaked at 7,569,000 viewers late in the fourth quarter (3:15 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.).

Indiana at Michigan (3:30 p.m.) delivered a total live audience of 4,900,000 viewers, ESPN’s second most-watched Saturday game this season. The Hoosiers-Wolverines audience was up 188% from last year’s comparable game (USC at Oregon).

Additional Week 12 Highlights

  • Louisville at Houston (Thursday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m.): A total live audience of  2,509,000 viewers, the most-watched Thursday night college football telecast this season across all networks.
  • USC at UCLA (10:30 p.m. on ESPN): A total live audience of 2,367,000 viewers, the most-watched Pac 12 game of the day across all networks and up 21% from the comparable game last year (Cal at Stanford).
  • Chattanooga at Alabama (7 p.m. on ESPN2): A total live audience of 2,487,000 viewers, up 82% from the comparable game last year (Tennessee at Missouri).
  • Florida at LSU (1 p.m. on SEC Network): SEC Network’s most-streamed Saturday game ever with 71,000 average viewers and 362,000 total unique viewers watching 14.8 million minutes.* Additionally, for the first Saturday this season, an SEC Network game was the most-social TV program of the day, as the Gators-Tigers matchup had 1,300,000 social interactions (per Nielsen social).

*Please note: SEC Network is not rated and thus no viewership available.

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Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; [email protected] and @DerekVolner

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Derek Volner

I work in college sports, which includes football and basketball, with an emphasis on Olympic Sports. Additionally, I handle ESPN’s coverage of high school athletics and recruiting.
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