Oklahoma City drops out of ESPN's top 10 college football markets

The city falls to No. 12 with a 2.8 rating
by Mel Bracht Published: December 12, 2013

Oklahoma City, with a 2.8 average rating, dropped out of the top 10 this season in ESPN's list of college football markets, falling from No. 8 to No. 12 with an 18 percent ratings drop. Tulsa (2.5) also dropped from No. 12 to No. 14.

The top four most-viewed metered markets for ESPN's game telecasts in 2013 were the same as last year with Birmingham, Ala., finishing on top for a 13th consecutive season. Birmingham averaged 9.2, the highest ever for the market. Greenville, S.C., was second with 4.9 rating, followed by Knoxville, Tenn., 4.4, and New Orleans, 4.3.

For the season, ESPN's game telecasts averaged 2.6 million viewers, an increase of 3 percent over last year. ESPN2 averaged 1.1 million viewers, up 8 percent, and ESPNU averaged 400,000 viewers, up 4 percent. ABC was down slightly.

Short takes

— The Thunder hosts the Los Angeles Lakers in the opener of ESPN's Friday doubleheader. The network's top team of Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy will call the 7 p.m. game with reporter J.A. Adande. The nightcap will be Houston at Golden State at 9:30 (Dave Pasch, Hubie Brown and reporter Israel Gutierrez).

— CBS' SEC coverage is the highest-rated college football package on any network for the fifth consecutive season with a 4.5 average, up 15 percent from last year. The SEC championship and the Auburn-Texas A&M game each had 8.6 ratings.

— Following ESPN's Heisman Trophy presentation at 7 p.m. Saturday, the ESPN film “Youngstown Boys” will debut at 8. It explores class and power dynamics in college sports through the journeys of star running back Maurice Clarett and head coach Jim Tressel.

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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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