College GameDay Built by The Home Depot Generates Show’s Largest Audience of the Season

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College GameDay Built by The Home Depot Generates Show’s Largest Audience of the Season

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot delivered its largest audience of the 2019 college football season, generating a three-hour audience of 2,280,000 viewers (9 a.m. – noon ET) for its first ever show from the University of Minnesota. College GameDay’s audience jumped to 2,892,000 in the final hour (11 a.m. – noon), the 11-time Emmy-winning pregame telecast’s most-watched final hour of the season.

Additional College GameDay Highlights:

  • College GameDay Sets the Bar:
    • Most-watched college football pregame telecast on Saturday across any network
    • Most-watched college football pregame telecast from 11 a.m. – noon on Saturday
  • November to Remember:
    • College GameDay averaged more than 2.1 million viewers for the fourth consecutive show, marking the first time the show has surpassed two million viewers for four consecutive weeks since expanding to three hours in 2013.

Additional Rivalry Week Highlights:

  • Wisconsin at Minnesota (3:30 p.m., ABC): Averaged 5,033,000 viewers, a 131% year-over-year viewership gain in the game window.
  • Virginia Tech at Virginia (Black Friday, noon, ABC): Averaged 2,844,000 viewers, propelling the window to a 69% year-over-year viewership gain in the window.
  • Clemson at South Carolina (noon, ESPN): Averaged 1,772,000 viewers, up 129% from last year’s same game window.
  • ESPN’s Saturday Night Games: Texas A&M at LSU (7 p.m., ESPN): averaged 2,945,000 viewers and Arizona at Arizona State (10:30 p.m., ESPN) generated 1,444,000 viewers. The Pac-12 game boosted ESPN’s viewership by 32% year-over-year in the window.
  • Ole Miss at Mississippi State (Thanksgiving night, 7 p.m., ESPN): Averaged 1,351,000 viewers, up 21% from last year’s same game on Thanksgiving night

All Games Saturday, Nov. 30, unless noted

College GameDay has been simulcast on ESPNU since the start of the 2018 season and both ESPN and ESPNU’s viewership is provided in the release above

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

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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