- ESPN: Audience Rises for Fourth Consecutive Season
- ABC: Record Number of TV Windows; Saturday Night Football Franchise Delivers
- WatchESPN: Top 5 Games Ever; Continues Record Growth
ESPN-rated networks – ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS — averaged 1,852,000 viewers for the 270 games televised in the 2015 college football regular season, a rise of 4% in viewership compared to 2014 regular season (1,776,000 viewers). Additionally, ESPN averaged 2,721,000 viewers for the 74 games the network aired, marking the fourth consecutive year viewership has increased:
ESPN’s Average Viewership Per Game
College Football Regular Season.
ABC averaged 4,979,000 viewers for 41 game-windows, the most ever carried by ABC in a single season. Additionally, heading into conference championship week, ABC Saturday Night Football was the most-watched series in all of college football, across all networks, averaging 5,340,000 viewers.
Michigan State at Ohio State on Nov. 21 was the most-watched game of the year on ESPN/ABC (11,052,000 viewers) and the most-watched 3:30 p.m. game of college football season. Overall, ESPN/ABC televised 3 of the top 5 most-watched games and six of the top 10, both across all networks.
WatchESPN had a record-setting college football regular season, streaming its five most-watched regular season college football games, ever, and nine of the top 10:
|Rank||Average Minute Impressions||Game||Date|
|1||194,000||Ohio State at Virginia Tech||Sept 7, 2015|
|2||167,000||Michigan State at Michigan||Oct 17, 2015|
|3||146,000||Florida at LSU||Oct 17, 2015|
|4||128,000||Ole Miss at No. Alabama||Sept 19, 2015|
|5||122,000||Michigan State at Ohio State||Nov 21, 2015|
|6||119,000||Auburn at Alabama||Nov 29, 2014|
|7||118,000||Ohio State at Michigan||Nov. 28, 2015|
|8||105,000||Florida State at Clemson||Nov 7, 2015|
|9||101,000||North Carolina at Clemson||Dec. 5, 2015|
|10||87,000||California at Utah||Oct. 10, 2015|
WatchESPN also experienced significant growth in 2015 with a per game increase of 54% in average minute impressions, 38% total unique viewers, and 53% total minutes viewed.
Please note: All television numbers do not include the American Championship game from Saturday, December 5, 2015. Those viewership numbers will be available on Thursday, December 10.
Media contact: Derek Volner at 860-384-9986; Derek.Volner@ESPN.com and @DerekVolner