FSU at Clemson posts best TV rating since 2012


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The ACC showdown featuring No. 16 Florida State at No. 1 Clemson (3:30 p.m. ET on ABC) earned a 5.5 overnight rating and, on WatchESPN, had an additional 99,000 average minute impressions to the TV audience. The much-anticipated matchup set the pace for ESPN/ABC to televise four of the five highest-rated games in week 10 across all networks and resulted in a top 5 most-streamed regular season college football game, ever, on WatchESPN.

Seminoles-Tigers TV Accolades:

ABC’s best overnight for a 3:30 p.m. regular season college football game in nearly three years -- November 24, 2012 (Florida at Florida State with a 5.6 overnight)

The 2015 season’s third highest overnight, across all networks. Through week 10, ESPN/ABC has televised the highest-rated game and eight of the top 9 highest rated games, across all networks:

 
Rank
Rating*
Date
Time
Game
Network
1.
6.6
Mon, Sept. 7
8 p.m.
Ohio State at Virginia Tech
ESPN
2.
6.3**
Sat, Nov. 7
8 p.m.
LSU at Alabama
CBS
3.
5.5
Sat, Nov. 7
3:30 p.m.
Florida State at Clemson
ABC
4.
5.1
Sat, Oct. 17
3:30 p.m.
Michigan State at Michigan
ESPN
5.
5.0
Sat, Sept 12
8 p.m.
Oregon at Michigan State
ABC
6.
4.8
Sat, Oct. 3
8 p.m.
Notre Dame at Clemson
ABC
7.
4.6
Sat, Sept. 19
9:15 p.m.
Ole Miss at Alabama
ESPN
8.
4.5
Sat, Oct. 3
3:30 p.m.
Regionalized: Ohio State at Indiana or Texas Tech at Baylor
ABC
9.
4.3
Sat, Sept 5
8 p.m.
Wisconsin vs. Alabama
ABC
*based on overnights
      **based on tweet via CBS PR
 

ABC’s 3:30 p.m. window was up 112% from the same window in week 10 of the 2014 season (TCU at West Virginia or Purdue at Nebraska)

Greenville was the No. 1 TV market, earning a 27.4 overnight, the market’s second highest overnight for a regular season game on ABC (Georgia at Clemson on August 31, 2013)

Overall, the top 10 markets were:

 
Rank

Overnight Rating

Market

1.

27.4

Greenville
2.

17.4

Jacksonville
3.

16.0

Birmingham
4.

13.9

West Palm Beach
5.

12.5

Atlanta
6.

11.7

Orlando
7.

11.6

Raleigh-Durham
8.

11.5

Greensboro
9.

11.1

Columbus
10.

10.7

Fort Myers
 

Seminoles-Tigers WatchESPN Accolades:

A top 5 most-streamed regular season college football game ever in terms of average minute impressions (99,000 viewers) and total minutes viewed (22,200,000 minutes)

Overall, most-streamed game of the week on WatchESPN, attracting an additional 99,000 average minute impressions to the TV audience, 406,000 unique viewers and 22,200,000 live minutes viewed -- up 118% in average minute impressions, 64% in unique viewers and 126% in live minutes viewed compared to last season’s week 10 3:30 p.m. window

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

Additional Week 10 TV Highlights:

Minnesota at No. 3 Ohio State (8 p.m.) earned a 3.0 overnight, up 43% from ABC’s Saturday Night Football in week 10 of 2014 (Regional action: Illinois at Ohio State and Oklahoma State at Kansas)

No. 5 Notre Dame at Pittsburgh (Noon on ABC) garnered a 2.8 overnight

Vanderbilt at No. 10 Florida (Noon on ESPN) earned a 2.0 overnight, up 54% from same window in 2014 (Wisconsin vs. Rutgers)

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