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COLLEGE FOOTBALL THROWN FOR A BIG (RATINGS) LOSS

September 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The season debut of Saturday Night College Football on ABC produced ratings results no better than those for any of the regular throw-away shows that the networks tend to slough off to Saturday nights nowadays. According to overnight ratings, the game between LSU and North Carolina averaged just 4.21 million viewers, down 41 percent from last year’s season debut when 7.08 million tuned in to the Alabama vs. Virginia Tech contest. (Ratings for Saturday’s game are likely to rise slightly when final results are announced later today or tomorrow.) Some analysts commented that the results should not be interpreted as representing a diminished interest in college football. They noted that several of North Carolina’s top players were sidelined following revelations that some of them may have been receiving undisclosed “benefits” from sports agents and that others were receiving inappropriate help from tutors on papers that they were writing for class. The game also competed against the TCU-Oregon St. game on ABC’s sibling cable network, ESPN.