State-UT most watched game in ESPNU history

We’ve already posted some statistics that have grown out of the NC State – Tennessee match-up from last Friday night. But, last night I ran across another number while stumbling through some Tweets in my timeline.

Check out this link to ‘ESPN Mediazone’:

ESPNU averaged 1,491,000 viewers (based on a 1.3 rating and 945,000 households) for its telecast of Tennessee beating NC State 35-21, making it the network’s most-viewed college football game ever.

In case you did not know — as of a few years ago, a 1990s match-up between NC State and East Carolina (I believe one played in Charlotte) held the ‘distinction’ of being the least watched college football game in the history of ESPN2.

I do not know if this ‘viewing record’ has been ‘bested’ in recent years; but, it sure is nice that we can provide a data point to offset the stain that East Carolina helped put on our television reputation some ~15 years ago.

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6 Responses to State-UT most watched game in ESPNU history

  1. NCSU@UNCG 09/06/2012 at 6:50 PM #

    You can’t get ESPN2 on a tv with rabbit ears. Give the pie-rats a break!

  2. freshmanin83 09/06/2012 at 6:52 PM #

    Well at least it is progress.

  3. 61Packer 09/06/2012 at 8:41 PM #

    When you aspire to be great and you suck, the last thing you want is a big audience.

  4. redredred 09/06/2012 at 9:15 PM #

    ^ I wish it wasn’t, but that is funny.

  5. tjfoose1 09/06/2012 at 11:51 PM #

    ^ Yes, it was.

  6. Mike 09/07/2012 at 10:13 AM #

    Statistics are only as good as the information used to obtain them, and usually made up with lies.

    If I recall, the NCSU/ECU game on ESPN2 was televised when ESPN2 was just beginning, but more importantly, ESPN2 was unavai;able on TWC. At that time satellite was not as prevalent as it is today. Since there is only one cable company, TWC, for service in NC, and this cable company did not carry the network at the time, wouldn’t you expect the game to have low ratings? had ESPN2 been available to the target audience, the ratings would have been much higher.

    Frankly, I truly enjoy watching college football, but I am not sitting down Saturday to watch Montana State and Eastern Idaho.

    I do know what I am talking about – I watched that game at a place that had a real satellite (the big kind) and Scott Harley torched us for about 300 yards rushing.

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