or


[01/07/11 - 12:59 PM]
BCS Bowls Power ESPN to its Best-Ever Day and Week
ESPN spins the numbers for the week of December 27-January 2.

[via press release from ESPN]

BCS Bowls Power ESPN to its Best-Ever Day and Week

ESPN's New Year's Day Audience Grows 49% over 2010

Digital Platforms Ride BCS to Strong Growth

On the strength of college bowl games - in particular the Bowl Championship series contests new to ESPN in 2011 - on January 1 the network posted the highest-rated and most-viewed day in its 31-plus year history and the week (Dec. 27 - Jan. 2) was its highest-rated and most-watched, according to Nielsen.

On New Year's Day, ESPN averaged a 4.3 rating (6,301,000 viewers, P2+; 4,259,000 homes), shattering its old record set September 14, 2009 (3.4 rating; 4,456,000 viewers; 3,396,000 homes), a day bolstered by the NFL opening week Monday Night Football doubleheader. The new record was powered by the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Vizio between TCU and Wisconsin earning a 13.1 rating and drawing the largest audience in cable television history (excluding NFL games) with an average of 20.6 million viewers and 13.1 million households. That evening, the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (Oklahoma vs. Connecticut) won the night among all networks with a 7.1 rating (10.8 million viewers, 7.1 million households).

For the Nielsen week of December 27, 2010 - January 2, 2011, ESPN averaged a 2.2 rating, representing 2,953,000 viewers and 2,148,000 homes. The network's previous best week was the same week a year earlier - December 28, 2009 - January 3, 2010 - but with far lower numbers. A year ago, ESPN averaged a 1.7 rating (2,274,000 viewers; 1,708,000 homes).

The record week, in addition to the New Year's Day bowl games, was highlighted by:

· the 2010 season's most-watched Monday Night Football game (New Orleans at Atlanta, 19.1 million viewers and 13.0 million homes, based on a 13.0 rating),

· the Chick-Fil-A Bowl (Florida State vs. South Carolina) on December 31 (5.0 rating),

· the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (North Carolina vs. Tennessee) on December 30 (4.9 rating),

· the Capital One Bowl (Alabama vs. Michigan State) on January 1 (4.3 rating),

· and the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl (Washington vs. Nebraska) on December 30 (4.0 rating).

In addition:

· ESPN's �reach� (unduplicated viewers) on January 1, 2011, was 63,535,000 viewers, an increase of 49% from New Year's Day 2010 (42,747,000).

· ESPN's four BCS games to date (Rose, Fiesta, Discover Orange and Allstate Sugar) have averaged 13,813,000 viewers each - higher than the season-to-date prime-time average for the four major broadcast networks.

· As a series, the four games would rank #13 among the 111 prime-time series.

Digital Success for BCS

On January 1, ESPN.com registered 12.5 million visits, 35 page views and 59.2 million minutes for college football content, up, 17 percent, 24 percent and 31%, respectively from a year ago. ESPN Mobile Web saw 8.8 million visits, 18.5 million page views and 35.3 million total minutes, up 49 percent, 41 percent and 42 percent, respectively.

ESPN3.com has posted three of its four most popular college football games with the BCS. The Sugar Bowl brought in 248,000 unique viewers to take the top spot. The Rose Bowl registered 214,000 viewers (third place) and the Orange Bowl ranks fourth with 182,000.





  [january 2011]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)









most recent ratings | view all posts
[03/30/15 - 01:29 PM]
ABC Family's "The Fosters" and "Chasing Life" Rise to Season Highs in Finales
ABC Family further spins the numbers for Monday, March 23.

[03/30/15 - 12:00 PM]
National Geographic Channel's "Killing Jesus" Nabs 3.7 Million Viewers, Scoring Highest Total Viewership in Network History
National Geographic Channel spins the numbers for Sunday, March 29.

[03/30/15 - 11:46 AM]
"The Walking Dead" Season Five Finale Is Highest-Rated Finale in Series History, Delivering 15.8 Million Viewers and 10.4 Million Adults 18-49
AMC spins the numbers for Sunday, March 29.

[03/30/15 - 11:27 AM]
Live + 7 Day Ratings: ABC's "Secrets and Lies" and "Fresh Off the Boat" Post Their Biggest Playback Gains Yet
ABC further spins the numbers for the week of March 9-15.

[03/30/15 - 09:37 AM]
Live + 3 Day Ratings: "Fresh Off the Boat" Emerges as Tuesday's #1 Comedy in Adults 18-49
ABC further spins the numbers for Tuesday, March 24.

[03/30/15 - 08:45 AM]
The "iHeart Radio Music Awards" Grows 21% Versus NBC's Average in Its Time Period Last Season Excluding Sports in Adults 18-49
NBC spins the numbers for Sunday, March 29.

[03/30/15 - 08:37 AM]
ABC's "Once Upon a Time" Is Sunday's Top Scripted Broadcast Series
ABC spins the numbers for Sunday, March 29.

[03/30/15 - 08:34 AM]
Sunday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Holds Onto Top Spots in Viewers, Demos
NCAA overrun helps power the Eye to the front of the broadcast pack last night.

[03/30/15 - 08:34 AM]
2015 NCAA Tournament Delivers Record-Setting Numbers Through Elite Eight
CBS spins the numbers for Sunday, March 29.

[03/29/15 - 09:41 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Viewers, Shares Demo Crown with ABC
"48 Hours" was the night's most-watched program among the broadcast networks.

[03/29/15 - 09:35 AM]
"Saturday Night Live," With Host Dwayne Johnson, Is the #1 Telecast of the Night on the Big 4 Networks in Metered-Market Households and Adults 18-49
NBC spins the numbers for Saturday, March 28.

[03/28/15 - 08:53 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: NCAA Continues Its Reign for CBS
The Eye once again leads the night in total viewers and adults 18-49.

[03/28/15 - 08:36 AM]
"Grimm" Is Currently Reporting Its Top Total-Viewer Result Since January 23
NBC spins the numbers for Friday, March 27.

[03/27/15 - 01:13 PM]
Bravo Media's "The Millionaire Matchmaker" Earns Highest-Rated Episode of the Season with 2.2 Million Total Viewers
Bravo spins the numbers for Sunday, March 22.

[03/27/15 - 11:11 AM]
E!'s "The Royals" Shows Significant Audience Growth in Its Second Week
E! further spins the numbers for Sunday, March 22.