Tuesday, September 5, 2017

NCAA Football Kick-Off TV Ratings Were Huge

The Florida State University-Alabama game put up huge numbers Saturday night for ABC, becoming the highest-rated kickoff weekend game ever, reports The Orlando Sentinel.

The game scored a 7.3 household rating, according to Nielsen ratings released Sunday afternoon.

The “America’s Got Talent” on Tuesday last week earned a 7.3 overnight household rating and ranked No. 1 for the week with 12.6 million viewers.

Alabama won, 24-7.

The top market for the game was Birmingham, Ala., with a 46.6 rating. Jacksonville was second with a 21.6. Orlando ranked No. 8 with a 13.6.

Earlier Saturday, the Florida-Michigan game became the highest-rated non-prime-time kickoff game ever on Saturday, according to Nielsen. It posted a 5.0 overnight household rating.

Michigan won, 33-17.

The top market was Jacksonville with an 18.5 rating. No. 6 was Tampa-St. Pete with an 11.5. Orlando ranked No. 7 with an 11.4.

In streaming viewers, the FSU-Alabama game had an audience of 237,000 in the average minute. With that audience, it became ESPN’s highest-rated and most-streamed kickoff weekend game ever.

The FSU-Alabama game is ESPN’s second most-streamed regular season game ever. It trails only the double-overtime Michigan-Ohio State game last season.

The Michigan-Florida game had a streaming audience of 182,000 viewers in the average minute. It became the highest-rated and most-streamed non-prime-time kickoff game on record.

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