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The ABC Saturday Night Football telecast of then-No. 2 Florida State defeating No. 5 Notre Dame 31-27 on October 18 averaged 13,251,000 viewers and a 7.9 household rating, making it the most-viewed college football game of the 2014 season and largest audience for a regular-season game on an ESPN platform since November 24, 2012 (No. 1 Notre Dame’s 22-13 victory over USC averaged 16,059,000 viewers).
The game also garnered average minute audience, unique viewers and total minutes audience records for WatchESPN. The coverage added an additional 81,715 viewers in the average minute audience to ABC’s telecast, and generated 393,000 unique viewers and 19,448,000 live minutes viewed.
The Social Impact
Saturday’s game was the most social college football game of the season, generating 539,000 tweets about the matchup on the day. ABC’s coverage of Clemson at Florida State on September 20 is the second most social game of the season with 471,000 tweets.