CFP Semifinals (Washington-Alabama; Ohio State-Clemson) top cable sports TV ratings for Saturday December 31, 2016

  Please follow @SportsTVRatings on Twitter because I tweet some numbers there that I don’t post on the web site. Cable Sports TV Ratings for Saturday December 31, 2016: (includes overall cable top-10) Note to readers using mobile phones: the tables are  easier to read/scroll through if you tilt your phone to landscape orientation. — All data ©Nielsen (data provided by a variety of TV network sources and not directly from Nielsen)…

January 4, 2017

CFP Semifinals viewership up but still well below 2 years ago (Updated)

January 1, 2017

Update: Per ESPN the early game (Peach Bowl) averaged 19.344 million across ESPN & ESPN2, up 23% from last year. The late game Fiesta Bowl averaged 19.236 million, up 3% from last year’s late game. — Did New Years Eve being on a Saturday (vs a Thursday last year) help? Maybe a little but not as much as not having the games on New Year’s Eve will help. Clemson’s beatdown…


CFP semis viewership down a whopping 39% on New Year’s Eve

January 1, 2016

Per Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch the Oklahoma versus Clemson Orange Bowl averaged 15.64 million viewers and the Michigan State versus Alabama Cotton Bowl averaged 18.55 million. The good news for ESPN is those numbers are up huge versus last year’s New Year’s Eve games, the bad news is they are down a massive 39% versus the 28.2 million the CFP semifinals averaged last year on New Year’s Day. With Stanford…