Georgia-South Carolina, Florida-LSU deliver big ratings for ESPN
At the peak of South Carolina’s upset of Georgia on Saturday, nearly 6 million people watched the game go to double overtime in Athens.
ESPN’s presentation averaged 3.24 million viewers, which was the network’s second most-watched noon game in nearly three years. As the two teams played in multiple overtimes, the audience peaked at 5.8 million viewers, according to the network. Birmingham was the top local market for the game.
Later that day, LSU’s win over Florida in primetime averaged 6.45 million viewers, which was ESPN’s most-watched game in nearly two years. The audience peaked at 7.42 million viewers in the second half (10:45-11 p.m.). That audience was the best among all sports on Saturday night, and meant that ESPN had the most viewers in key demographics. New Orleans and Birmingham were the top markets for that game.
It was a solid day throughout for ESPN, as the pregame show, “College GameDay” increased its audience year-over-year by 4 percent and averaged 1.87 million viewers. College GameDay averaged 2.05 million in its final two hours.