History Made: College GameDay Built by The Home Depot Surpasses Two Million Viewers for Third Consecutive Week

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History Made: College GameDay Built by The Home Depot Surpasses Two Million Viewers for Third Consecutive Week


  • Feat Achieved for First Time Since Show Expanded to Three Hours Seven Seasons Ago
  • College GameDay Delivers 52% More Viewers than Broadcast Network’s Pregame Show
  • Week 13: ABC and ESPN Televise Two Most-Watched Primetime Games Across All Networks

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot averaged 2,125,000 viewers for the entirety of its three-hour show (9 a.m. – noon ET) from The Ohio State University (November 23) and, in doing so, added a chapter to its illustrious history:

College GameDay has averaged more than two million viewers for three consecutive weeks, the first time the feat has been accomplished since expanding to three hours in 2013.

College GameDay Exceeds 2.7 Million Viewers in Final Hour Once Again
In the show’s final hour (11 a.m. – noon), College GameDay’s viewership grew to 2,725,000 viewers, the third consecutive week the show’s audience has surpassed 2.7 million viewers in that time period.

No Competition: College GameDay Generates 52% Bigger Audience than Broadcast Network’s Pregame Show  
College GameDay was Saturday’s most-watched pregame show in a multitude of ways, including achieving a 52% higher audience for its three hour show compared to the broadcast network’s two hour show.

College GameDay Grows Own Audience Year-Over-Year
Despite other options, College GameDay continues to grow its audience year-over-year. This week, College GameDay was up 10% for the entire show and the show was up 14% year-over-year, for the final hour.

ABC and ESPN Lead the Way in Primetime; Both Networks See Growth Year-Over-Year
ABC’s Saturday Night Football featuring Oregon at Arizona State (7:30 p.m.) and ESPN’s primetime telecast of Arkansas at LSU (7 p.m.) were the two most-watched primetime games of the week. The Sun Devils’ upset of the Ducks generated 4,092,000 viewers and the Tigers’ win over the Razorbacks generated 3,174,000 viewers. Both networks were up year-over-year, as ABC SNF was up 32% and ESPN primetime saw a 28% increase.

ABC’s average audience resulted in the network “winning the night” across all broadcast and cable networks, as it generated the largest audience among all television programs on November 23 from 8-11 p.m. In addition to all viewers, the Pac-12 game led among key male, female and adult demos. Including the entire college football season, ESPN and ABC has “won the night” 11 times, including nine Saturday nights.

Week 13: ESPN Finishes Up 40% Year-Over-Year
ESPN’s primetime success was the continuation of a week where the network was up 40% year-over-year for the entire week. On Saturday, Michigan at Indiana (3:30 p.m.) averaged 2,298,000 viewers and Alabama hosting Western Carolina (noon) averaged 1,441,000 viewers. The games were up 209% and 37% year-over-year, respectively. The network’s week began with NC State at Georgia Tech on Thursday, Nov. 21 (8 p.m.), which generated a 46% increase year-over-year.


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

Derek Volner

I currently lead ESPN’s NFL Communications, including Monday Night Football, NFL Draft and studio programming. Previously, I did the same for ESPN’s vast college football portfolio. I have been with ESPN since 2013.
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