[01/12/10 - 11:17 AM]
Bowl Game Audiences Grow on Abc, ESPN and Espn2
ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 spin the numbers for their college football coverage to date.

[via press release from ESPN]

Bowl Game Audiences Grow on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2

ABC, ESPN & ESPN2 Post Most-Viewed Bowl Seasons

ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 college football bowl games posted significant audience growth over last season, highlighted by:

ABC's broadcast of the Citi BCS National Championship averaged 19,730,000 households and 30,776,000 viewers, making it the most-viewed BCS National Championship since the 2006 title game, which was also from the Rose Bowl and the last time ABC televised the championship.

ABC posted a 36 percent increase for its bowl coverage over last year.

ESPN's most-viewed bowl season, highlighted by two of the network's three largest bowl game audiences and seven of the network's top 25 all time.

ESPN2's most-viewed and highest-rated bowl season and bowl game telecast.


ABC's three bowl game broadcasts averaged 14,266,000 households; 22,179,000 viewers; and a 12.4 rating, the network's most-viewed season (since at least 1990, when ratings were first tracked). This year saw significant growth of 36 percent (vs. 10,459,000), 40 percent (vs. 15,823,000) and 36 percent (vs. 9.1), respectively, over last year. Details:

ABC's broadcast of the Citi BCS National Championship averaged 19,730,000 households and 30,776,000 viewers, based on a 17.2 rating, ranking it second among most-viewed BCS games, behind only ABC's 2006 telecast of the championship from the Rose Bowl.

ABC's telecast of the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Citi garnered the second largest bowl audience this season -- behind the BCS National Championship � with 15,143,000 households; 24,025,000 viewers; and a 13.2 rating.


ESPN averaged 3,110,000 households; 4,311,000 viewers; and a 3.1 rating for 22 bowl games, making it the most-viewed season for bowl coverage. This year saw increases of 7 percent (vs. 2,920,000), 8 percent (vs. 3,989,000) and 3 percent (vs. 3.0), respectively, over last year. Of ESPN's 22 bowl games, two rank among the top three, three were among the top 10 and seven were among the network's top 25 bowl telecasts. Details include:

ESPN's telecast of the Valero Alamo Bowl was the most-viewed bowl game and fifth-highest-rated ever, with 5,554,000 households; 7,829,000 viewers; and a 5.6 rating.

The Emerald Bowl delivered ESPN's third-most-viewed bowl game and 10th-highest-rated ever, averaging 5,289,000 households; 7,563,000 viewers; and a 5.3 rating.

The New Year's Eve telecast of the Chick-fil-A Bowl was ESPN's seventh-most-viewed bowl game ever, with 4,852,000 households and 7,513,000 viewers, based on a 4.9 rating.

ESPN's telecasts of the Meineke Car Care Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl, AutoZone Liberty Bowl and Pacific Life Holiday Bowl were the network's 13th-, 15th-, 21st-, and 23rd-most-viewed bowl games, respectively.

Meineke Car Care Bowl averaged 4,521,000 households; 6,131,000 viewers; and a 4.6 rating;

Champs Sports Bowl averaged 4,488,000 households; 6,217,000 viewers; and a 4.5 rating;

AutoZone Liberty Bowl averaged 4,332,000 households; 6,449,000 viewers; and a 4.4 rating;

Pacific Life Holiday Bowl averaged 4,267,000 households; 6,138,000 viewers; and a 4.3 rating


ESPN2 averaged 1,832,000 households; 2,504,000 viewers; and a 1.9 rating, making it the network's most-viewed and highest-rated bowl season. This year saw increases of 10% (vs. 1,663,000), 16% (vs. 2,164,000) and 12% (vs. 1.7), respectively, over last year. Game highlights include:

ESPN2's telecast of the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl was the network's most-viewed and highest-rated bowl game, averaging 2,334,000 households; 3,276,000 viewers; and a 2.4 rating.

Beginning next season, ESPN will televise all five BCS games � including the National Championship Game � as the result of an agreement with the BCS. It will include the Fiesta, Orange and Sugar bowls each season and the BCS National Championship Game in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Through a separate agreement, ESPN will also televise the Rose Bowl Game beginning in 2011.

  [january 2010]  

(series past and present)
(series in development)
(tv movies and mini-series)

[10/23/16 - 10:03 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, College Football Top Viewers, Demos
The Alphabet wins said evening for the fourth consecutive week.

[10/23/16 - 09:43 AM]
"SNL" Hits Season Highs, Best October Overnights in 8 Years
NBC spins the numbers for Saturday, October 22.

[10/23/16 - 07:06 AM]
Live + 3 Ratings: ABC's "S.H.I.E.L.D." Is the Season's First Broadcast Series to Post Triple-Digit Growth in Adults 18-49
ABC further spins the numbers for Tuesday, October 18.

[10/22/16 - 09:09 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Night in Viewers, Demos
The Eye's trio of dramas lead the evening in both categories.

[10/22/16 - 09:05 AM]
"Dateline" Matches Its Season High in 18-49, New Season High in Total Viewers
NBC spins the numbers for Friday, October 21.

[10/22/16 - 08:42 AM]
ABC Earns Most Watched Friday This Season - "Shark Tank" Is the #1 Show in Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for Friday, October 21.

[10/21/16 - 02:02 PM]
NLCS Game 5 Is Second Most-Watched Telecast in FS1 History
FOX Sports spins the numbers for Thursday, October 20.

[10/21/16 - 12:08 PM]
Freeform Brings Fan Favorite "Stitchers" and New Original Sci-Fi Series "Beyond" to Stan Lee's L.A. Comic Con on October 29 and 30
"Stitchers" co-stars Ritesh Rajan, Damon Dayoub and Sarah Davenport are among those scheduled to appear.

[10/21/16 - 10:05 AM]
Freeform's Annual "Countdown to 25 Days of Christmas" Starts on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24
Said offerings include the premiere "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," "Boxtrolls," and the network premiere of the fourth installment of the hit "Cinderella Story" franchise, "A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits."

[10/21/16 - 10:04 AM]
Freeform's Funday Programming Event Begins November 12 and Continues Through November 13
Highlights include the network premieres of "Planes: Fire & Rescue," "How to Train Your Dragon" and "Shrek Forever After."

[10/21/16 - 10:03 AM]
"Madonna: Rebel Heart Tour" to Premiere on Showtime(R) on December 9 at 9 PM ET/PT
The film is co-directed by Danny B. Tull and Nathan Rissman, both of whom have worked extensively with Madonna on her feature films and tour movies.

[10/21/16 - 09:55 AM]
David Blaine Is Back With an Extraordinary Special, "David Blaine: Beyond Magic," Airing Tuesday, November 15, on ABC
Following his critically acclaimed ratings smash "David Blaine: Real or Magic," Blaine returns with his most revealing performance yet.

[10/21/16 - 09:35 AM]
Video: Netflix's "Haters Back Off!" Star Miranda Sings Shares Some of Her Favorite Things
Based on the character created by Colleen Ballinger, "Haters Back Off!" delves into the oddball family life of Miranda Sings.

[10/21/16 - 09:31 AM]
Video: Netflix Unveils The Ivory Game Trailer and Poster
From executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio, The Ivory Game is an epic documentary feature that goes undercover into the dark and sinister underbelly of ivory trafficking.

[10/21/16 - 09:29 AM]
Premiere Date Change - A&E Network Will Now Air Original Docu-Series "The Killing Season" on November 12
The newcomer will now roll out with back-to-back episodes one week later than previously announced.