College Football Semifinals Games Score Ratings, Streaming Touchdowns For ESPN


ESPN and ESPN2 saw ratings increase by double digits year over year for the two 2016 College Football Playoff Semifinals games held December 31 at 3 PM and 7 PM Eastern, respectively. In addition, both games saw year-over-year increases in overnight viewing, and set streaming records.

Alabama’s 24-7 victory over Washington at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (3 PM) delivered a 11.5 overnight on ESPN and ESPN2. An additional average per-minute viewing audience of 470,000 viewers was added by streaming, with 1,378,000 unique viewers overall. The overnight for the game was a 17% increase over the same game last season. Likewise, the streaming audience was up 57% in average minute audience, 16% in unique viewers, and 40% in total minutes watched.

The Semifinal game between Ohio State and Clemson held at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (7 PM) delivered a 10.5 overnight on ESPN and ESPN2, with streaming adding an average per minute audience of 410,000 viewers and 1,174,000 uniques. The overnight represents a 5% increase over last season’s equivalent game. The streaming audience increase was 29% average per minute audience, 12% uniques, and 32% total minutes over last year’s equivalent game.

By itself, ESPN saw overnight increases for both games also saw overnight increases, with the Huskies-Crimson Tide game earning a 10.9 overnight (12% increase over last year’s first semifinal), and the Buckeyes-Tigers game earning a 10.0 overnight compared to last year’s equivalent game’s 9.9.

On streaming, both games are the most-streamed College Football Playoff Semifinals ever, which also makes them the most-streamed New Year’s Six and non-Championship college football games ever on ESPN.

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