ESPN GameDay, ND at Clemson score big overnight TV ratings


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Week 5 of the college football season saw ABC televise the two-highest rated games of the day -- Saturday Night Football (No. 6 Notre Dame at No. 12 Clemson) which earned a 4.8 overnight, and 3:30 p.m. ET regional action (No. 1 Ohio State at Indiana and Texas Tech at No. 5 Baylor), which earned a 4.5 overnight.

Notre Dame’s trip to Clemson’s Death Valley was the third-highest overnight of the 2015 season across all networks and up 71% compared to 2014 Week 5 Saturday Night Football (Notre Dame at Syracuse). On WatchESPN, the Buckeyes-Hoosiers matchup was the most-streamed game of the day, attracting an additional 82,000 average minute impressions to the TV audience, 422,000 unique viewers and 19,600,000 live minutes viewed. Additionally, on WatchESPN, the regionalized 3:30 p.m. ABC window was up 66% in average minute impressions (97,000), 51% in unique viewers (528,000) and 60% in live minutes viewed (23,200,000) compared to last season’s similar regionalized window.

College GameDay Scores Big Overnight Rating, Sets Record on WatchESPN

College GameDay (from Clemson) earned a 1.6 overnight rating, the show’s highest overnight since Nov 30, 2013, (from Auburn) and up 45% compared to 2014 Week 5 (from South Carolina). Additionally, yesterday’s show was the best ever on WatchESPN across all major metrics: 46,000 average minute impressions, 196,000 unique viewers, and 8,200,000 live minutes viewed.

**NOTE: WatchESPN data is preliminary and subject to change after further processing. Both television and WatchESPN final numbers will be available this week.

ESPN/ABC Sets the Pace

Through the first five weeks of the college football season, ESPN/ABC has televised the five highest-rated games, across all networks:

2015 College Football Highest-Rated Games across All Networks

1.
6.6
Mon, Sept. 7
8 p.m.
Ohio State at Virginia Tech
ESPN

2
5.0
Sat, Sept 12
8 p.m.
Oregon at Michigan State
ABC

3.
4.8
Sat, Oct. 3
8 p.m.
Notre Dame at Clemson
ABC

4.
4.6
Sat, Sept. 19
9:15 p.m.
Ole Miss at Alabama
ESPN

5
4.5
Sat, Oct. 3
3:30 p.m.
Ohio State/Indiana or Texas Tech/Baylor
 ABC

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