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Per Good Bull Hunting, the A&M blog for SBNation, here are the most watched teams in the US. Interesting that even with out struggles, people are still tuning in.
|Rank||Team||Avg Viewersa||Avg Ratingb||# of Rated Gmsc|
The full Top 50 is here. And the avg. viewers per conference
|Rank||Conference||Avg Viewersa||Avg Ratingb||# of Rated Gms|
Also worth noting, that ratings for some Networks (Big Ten Network, PAC-12 Network, Longhorn Network) aren't available. Which helps us a little bit
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One of the good things about a BCS game is the nationwide TV exposure for a game on in prime time.
As such, I thought it interesting to see the ratings for yesterday's game came in at a 6.3 share, down 11% from the comparable 3rd BCS game last year (which last year was the Orange Bowl game btw Stanford and Va Tech, which got a 7.1).
To compare it to last year's VACATED vs. Arkansas Sugar Bowl (which was the 4th BCS game on the schedule last year), that got a significantly higher 8.4 share.
I'm not sure why there was such a big drop, but my guess is a) having the "New Year's Games" on January 2nd this year threw everyone's calendars off (I can't tell you how many casual Michigan fans I talked to over the holidays who didn't know when Sugar Bowl was, so I can imagine non-UM fans had no clue) and b) people outside of Michigan and Virginia weren't impressed by UM and VA Tech's seasons and weren't that excited for the game (as opposed to, say, last year's clash btw higher ranked OSU and Arkansas). But those are guesses. I'd be interested to hear other people's thoughts.
As an aside, this year's "New Year's Day" games on January 2nd also took ratings hits, with only the Gator Bowl (OSU-FL) getting higher rating (2.2 vs 1.7). The Outback Bowl was a 5.0, down from last year's 7.0, and Capital One was a 2.5, down from last year's 3.7
The Game television ratings were released late yesterday and it shows why The Game is still "The Game".
The Game ratings drew a 5.3 share. A share is what percentage of all households were watching The Game. This year's game is up about 10% compared to last year but not as high as the 2007 game (6.4).
LSU/Ark drew a 6.1 share. This is not surprising that this game beat us because it was on Friday and did not have any competition. It is also a 1 vs 3 game. Ala/Aub drew a 4.3. ND/Stanford at a 4.1 share. Va/Vt drew a 3.2 share, Iowa/Neb drew a 2.2 share. So had either M or ohio been ranked higher, the ratings would have been significantly higher.
Our rating of 5.3 translates to about 6 million viewers. This shows that Michigan is truely "America's Team".
TV ratings have been through the roof so far. This isn't really a surprise, but awesome to see nonetheless. The US-England game rated higher than Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals and higher than any of the first 5 games of the NBA finals (if I recall correctly). What would be nice is a fancy...
Chart? Ok, sure, a chart.
|Game and Time||Millions of Viewers|
|USA v. England (2:30pm EST, Saturday 6/12)||17.1|
|USA v. Slovenia (10am EST, Friday 6/18)||7.5|
|USA v. Algeria (10am EST, Wednesday 6/23)||8.4|
My first, tame question is: Does tomorrow's game out-draw the England game? Ghana isn't the motherland, but it's the knockout stages and people are in full World Cup fever. Does it hit 20M? 25? 30?
Now larger picture: ESPN dumped the money into this World Cup and has got the results they were looking for. This must lead to more soccer coverage right? Better awareness of WC qualifiers from the world-wide leader, nice cushy spots atop sportscenter, better coverage of La Liga and the EPL, etc, etc. American soccer fans can only hope.
Also, I find it remarkably awesome that 8.4 million people tuned into the game in the middle of a Wednesday workday. How much money did companies across the country lose for those two hours?