Too late for football, OSU-TU ratings low

by Mel Bracht Published: September 19, 2011
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A few hearty football fans made it to the end of Fox Sports Net's storm-delayed OSU-Tulsa telecast early Sunday morning. Ratings in Oklahoma City ranged from a 7.5 at kickoff at 12:15 a.m. to a 2.2 at game's end at about 3:30 a.m. The ratings represented 50,115 households at kickoff and only 15,539 at game's end.

The telecast finished with a 4.6 average, the lowest rating for an OSU football game in several years. Last year's lowest OSU rating was 8.4 for the Washington State game Sept. 4 on FSN.

In Tulsa, the OSU-TU telecast averaged a 3.6 rating. It ranged from a high of 5.9 at 12:45 a.m. (29,586 homes) to 1.9 at 3:30 a.m. (10,202 homes).

Play-by-play announcer Ron Thulin posted on his Facebook page at 11:55 p.m. Saturday: “{lrm}Kick off in 15 minutes. Stupid, stupid, stupid.” At 2:50 a.m., he thanked his “sick friends” who were still watching. Thulin called the game with analyst J.C. Pearson and sideline reporter Jeremy Bloom.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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