Virginia Tech-Boise State Most Viewed ESPN Regular Season CFB Game

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.


 Rank  Year  Game  Households
 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'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). With more than 230,000 unique viewers, the game was also the most-watched college football game ever on, ESPN's 24/7 broadband network. Through the opening weekend from Thursday through Monday, college football games on reached more than 1 million unique viewers, equaling nearly 69 million total minutes.