College GameDay at U of MN Generates Show’s Largest Audience of the Season

GopherLady

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From ESPN:

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot Generates Show’s Largest Audience of the Season
  • 2.3 Million Viewers for Entire Three Hours; Audience Grows North of 2.8 Million Viewers for Final Hour
  • Rivalry Weekend Propels ESPN and ABC to Audience Increases in Multiple Game Windows
College GameDay Built by The Home Depot delivered its largest audience of the 2019 college football season, generating a three-hour audience of 2,280,000 viewers (9 a.m. – noon ET) for its first ever show from the University of Minnesota. College GameDay’s audience jumped to 2,892,000 in the final hour (11 a.m. – noon), the 11-time Emmy-winning pregame telecast’s most-watched final hour of the season.

Additional College GameDay Highlights:
  • College GameDay Sets the Bar:
    • Most-watched college football pregame telecast on Saturday across any network
    • Most-watched college football pregame telecast from 11 a.m. – noon on Saturday
  • November to Remember:
    • College GameDay averaged more than 2.1 million viewers for the fourth consecutive show, marking the first time the show has surpassed two million viewers for four consecutive weeks since expanding to three hours in 2013.
Additional Rivalry Week Highlights:

  • Wisconsin at Minnesota (noon, ABC): Averaged 5,033,000 viewers, a 131% year-over-year viewership gain in the game window.
  • Virginia Tech at Virginia (Black Friday, noon, ABC): Averaged 2,844,000 viewers, propelling the window to a 69% year-over-year viewership gain in the window.
  • Clemson at South Carolina (noon, ESPN): Averaged 1,772,000 viewers, up 129% from last year’s same game window.
  • ESPN’s Saturday Night Games: Texas A&M at LSU (7 p.m., ESPN): averaged 2,945,000 viewers and Arizona at Arizona State (10:30 p.m., ESPN) generated 1,444,000 viewers. The Pac-12 game boosted ESPN’s viewership by 32% year-over-year in the window.
  • Ole Miss at Mississippi State (Thanksgiving night, 7 p.m., ESPN): Averaged 1,351,000 viewers, up 21% from last year’s same game on Thanksgiving night
All Games Saturday, Nov. 30, unless noted
 

MNVCGUY

Well-known member
All great stuff that will help give them reasons to come back again if we can give them a reason to with our play on the field.

Even with the crappy weather the fans showed up for the taping as well, that kind of thing won't go unnoticed by the people at ESPN.
 

PMWinSTP

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Nice. We joined the crowd on the Mall for the last half hour of the show. Found a nice spot to stand. If they come in the Fall, I expect they will set up right in front of either Northrop or the other end of the Mall so the whole area can fill up.
 

Yah-E

Bulieve
This goes to show that the entire country was somewhat bought in what we had going with what's all on the line that day and wanted to see us on TV.....then we flopped on main stage! 🤦‍♂️
 

fmlizard

Well-known member
The biggest success this season was emphatically addressing the program's biggest weakness - fan apathy. While that same mania won't carry over 100% to Florida Atlantic next season, there's definitely more rowers in the boat now, particularly students. That will give our recruiting and finances a lift in coming years.

It was getting so grim I was wondering if we were going to see 10K empties for that Penn State game until I saw a full house with my own eyes. Then the Wisconsin crowd pushed through Thanksgiving travel and crap weather to equal it, with little red in the stands.
 

MGGopher

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5 million viewers for the game...wow. The country was lovin' them some Minnesota this year. It's really a bummer the team lost on Saturday. Many neutral fanbases were behind the Gophs based on what I've seen on Reddit and a couple other places.

Great season. Very fun.
 
I think we're selling the Minnesota fanbase short with all of this talk about neutral fanbases. Everybody loves a winner (yes, even Minnesota fans)! The Gophers just haven't given many reasons to jump on the bandwagon over the past half-century.
 

Fiasco

New member
From ESPN:

College GameDay Built by The Home Depot Generates Show’s Largest Audience of the Season
  • 2.3 Million Viewers for Entire Three Hours; Audience Grows North of 2.8 Million Viewers for Final Hour
  • Rivalry Weekend Propels ESPN and ABC to Audience Increases in Multiple Game Windows
College GameDay Built by The Home Depot delivered its largest audience of the 2019 college football season, generating a three-hour audience of 2,280,000 viewers (9 a.m. – noon ET) for its first ever show from the University of Minnesota. College GameDay’s audience jumped to 2,892,000 in the final hour (11 a.m. – noon), the 11-time Emmy-winning pregame telecast’s most-watched final hour of the season.

Additional College GameDay Highlights:
  • College GameDay Sets the Bar:
    • Most-watched college football pregame telecast on Saturday across any network
    • Most-watched college football pregame telecast from 11 a.m. – noon on Saturday
  • November to Remember:
    • College GameDay averaged more than 2.1 million viewers for the fourth consecutive show, marking the first time the show has surpassed two million viewers for four consecutive weeks since expanding to three hours in 2013.
Additional Rivalry Week Highlights:

  • Wisconsin at Minnesota (noon, ABC): Averaged 5,033,000 viewers, a 131% year-over-year viewership gain in the game window.
  • Virginia Tech at Virginia (Black Friday, noon, ABC): Averaged 2,844,000 viewers, propelling the window to a 69% year-over-year viewership gain in the window.
  • Clemson at South Carolina (noon, ESPN): Averaged 1,772,000 viewers, up 129% from last year’s same game window.
  • ESPN’s Saturday Night Games: Texas A&M at LSU (7 p.m., ESPN): averaged 2,945,000 viewers and Arizona at Arizona State (10:30 p.m., ESPN) generated 1,444,000 viewers. The Pac-12 game boosted ESPN’s viewership by 32% year-over-year in the window.
  • Ole Miss at Mississippi State (Thanksgiving night, 7 p.m., ESPN): Averaged 1,351,000 viewers, up 21% from last year’s same game on Thanksgiving night
All Games Saturday, Nov. 30, unless noted
It was bad weather across the country, wonder if that had anything to do with the spike in ratings, particularly in Minnesota and Wisconsin, nobody had any reason to be out
 

Spoofin

Well-known member
This goes to show that the entire country was somewhat bought in what we had going with what's all on the line that day and wanted to see us on TV.....then we flopped on main stage! 🤦‍♂️
That and a bunch of people in the south watching the Loony birds outside in the snow storm.
 

Word

Eats difficult conversations
Were the ratings higher due to it being rivalry week all around the country, or was it the interest/curiosity about Minnesota hosting Gameday? Or a little bit of both?
 

fmlizard

Well-known member
I think we're selling the Minnesota fanbase short with all of this talk about neutral fanbases. Everybody loves a winner (yes, even Minnesota fans)! The Gophers just haven't given many reasons to jump on the bandwagon over the past half-century.
I've often theorized that no FBS school has more alumni within a 20-30 mile radius than Minnesota. When you combine enrollment, campus metro area population, and economic realities.
 

GopherRock

GopherHole Straw Boss
Even with the crappy weather the fans showed up for the taping as well, that kind of thing won't go unnoticed by the people at ESPN.
The last time there were that many people on Northrop Mall was probably the protests against the Vietnam War. I never saw that kind of crowd up there for anything since I started at the U.
 
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