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Sept. 9, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C.--With the Virginia Tech-Boise State drawing a record 7,251,601 households and a rating of 7.3 to its Labor Day Monday Night telecast, in terms of households and it becomes the most-viewed college football game (regular season or bowl game) in ESPN history and ties for the second-highest TV rating for a regular season college football game since 1994 with the 2009 USC-Ohio State game (7.3).
Only the Florida State-Miami game of 1994 (7.7) has had a higher rating for ESPN over the past 16 years.
ACC teams have now been directly responsible for or involved in creating six of the top eight most-viewed telecasts of regular season college football in ESPN history.
|1||2010||Virginia Tech - Boise St.||7,251,601|
|2||2009||Ohio State - USC||7,243,011|
|3||2006||Miami - Florida State||6,329,828|
|4||2009||Miami - Florida State||5,820,001|
|5||2006||West Virginia - Louisville||4,915,915|
|6||2008||Miami - Florida||4,886,206|
|7||1994||Miami - Florida State||4,846,320|
|8||2007||Florida State - Clemson||4,842,356|
Here is ESPN's Release on the Ratings for the Virginia Tech-Boise State Game
Boise State vs. Virginia Tech: ESPN and ESPN3.com's Most-Viewed College Football Game; Most-Viewed Program of the Day
ESPN's Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 6) prime-time telecast of Boise State defeating Virginia Tech 33-30 averaged 7,252,000 households, making it the network's most-viewed college football game - covering regular-season and bowl games - in households. With 9,888,000 viewers (people 2+), the telecast ranks as the second most-viewed college football game among total viewers (trailing only ESPN's coverage of USC at Ohio State in 2009 which averaged 10,586,000 viewers). The Labor Day matchup averaged a 7.3 rating (equaling the average for USC at Ohio State) and stands as the highest rating for a college football game in 16 years (Florida State at Miami averaged a 7.7 on October 8, 1994). Additional highlights include:
· The telecast was the most-viewed program of the day across all networks -- cable and broadcast -- among households, total viewers, and all key male and people demographics. In addition, ESPN was the No. 1 network of the night among households, total viewers, and all key male and people demographics.
· The matchup is the third most-viewed ad-supported cable telecast across all networks in 2010 among households behind ESPN's Monday Night Football (Minnesota at Chicago) and the NFL Pro Bowl coverage. It is also the fifth most-viewed ad-supported cable telecast in 2010 among total viewers.
· The game stands as ESPN's most-viewed and highest-rated non-Saturday college football telecast since at least 1990 (when ESPN began tracking audiences).
· The telecast was the most-viewed and highest-rated college football game of the five-day opening weekend schedule across all networks (cable or broadcast).
ESPN3.com With more than 230,000 unique viewers, the game was also the most-watched college football game ever on ESPN3.com, ESPN's 24/7 broadband network. Through the opening weekend from Thursday through Monday, college football games on ESPN3.com reached more than 1 million unique viewers, equaling nearly 69 million total minutes.