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NBA Finals Rematch on ABC Matches Highest-Rated Christmas Game in 12 Years in the Early Window
ESPN spins the numbers for Sunday, December 25.
[via press release from ESPN]

NBA Finals Rematch on ABC Matches Highest-Rated Christmas Game in 12 Years in the Early Window

Cavaliers' Thrilling Victory over the Warriors Generates a 5.9 Overnight Rating, Peaked with a 6.8 at 5 p.m.

Most-Streamed NBA Christmas Game Ever with 14.8 Million Total Minutes

The Christmas Day NBA Finals rematch on ABC, in which the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 109-108 after a thrilling fourth quarter comeback, delivered a strong 5.9 overnight rating, matching the highest-rated Christmas NBA game in 12 years on ABC in the early window (2:30 p.m. ET). The New York Knicks-Los Angeles Lakers matchup in 2012 also generated a 5.9 overnight rating.

According to Nielsen, the broadcast peaked with a 6.8 at 5 p.m. The game drew its four best quarter hours between 4:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. Additionally, the broadcast was up 44 percent compared to the same window last year when the Chicago Bulls vs. Oklahoma City Thunder game drew a 4.1.

Streaming record

The Cavaliers-Warriors showdown was the most-streamed NBA Christmas game ever. It generated 14.8 million total minutes, 359,000 unique viewers and an average minute audience of 87,000.

Top local TV markets
Market Rating
Cleveland 18.4
San Francisco 15.1
Memphis 9.6
Las Vegas 9.4
Columbus 9.0

Celtics-Knicks Up on ESPN

In addition, the Boston Celtics' victory over the New York Knicks in the 12 p.m. (noon) window on ESPN delivered a 2.4 overnight rating, up four percent from last year. It's the highest-rated ESPN noon window on Christmas since 2012.

NBA Finals Rematch on ABC Delivers Most-Watched Christmas Game in 12 Years in the Early Window: 10.1 Million Total Average Viewers

Audience Peaks with 11.8 Million in Late Fourth Quarter

ESPN's Most-Streamed NBA Christmas Day Ever, 44.3 Million Total Minutes Across Five Games

The Christmas Day NBA Finals rematch on ABC, in which the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors in a 109-108 thriller, delivered a total live audience of 10,163,000 average viewers (ABC + streaming), making it ABC's most-watched Christmas NBA broadcast in 12 years in the early window (2:30 p.m. ET). The broadcast peaked with 11,800,000 average viewers (p2+) from 5-5:15 p.m., according to Nielsen.

The total live audience for the NBA Finals rematch was up 73 percent from 5,880,000 viewers for last year's Chicago Bulls vs. Oklahoma City Thunder matchup. Sunday's broadcast delivered 10,077,000 average viewers (p2+) on ABC and it drew an average minute streaming audience of 87,000 viewers, 359,000 unique viewers and 14.8 million total minutes streamed. The Cavaliers-Warriors broadcast is the fifth-most watched regular-season NBA game in ABC history.

ESPN's Most-streamed NBA Christmas Ever

Sunday's five-game slate, driven by the Cavaliers vs. Warriors showdown, propelled ESPN to its most-streamed NBA Christmas Day ever. The NBA games generated 44.3 million total streaming minutes, 197,000 average unique viewers and an average minute audience of 54,000, which is up 33 percent from 33.5 million, nine percent from 180,000, and 29 percent from 42,000, respectively, from last year.

Most-watched ESPN 12 p.m. Christmas game since 2012

The Boston Celtics' victory over the New York Knicks was the most-watched Christmas NBA game on ESPN in the 12 p.m. telecast window since 2012. The telecast drew 3,748,000 total live viewers (ESPN + streaming), which is up 17 percent from 3,208,000 viewers for last year's Miami Heat vs. New Orleans Pelicans matchup in the same window. The telecast averaged 3,687,000 viewers (p2+), peaking with 4,604,000 viewers from 2-2:30 p.m., on ESPN and an additional average minute streaming audience of 61,000.

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Lions-Cowboys Is ESPN's Highest-Rated and Most-Viewed "Monday Night Football" Game Since 2014
ESPN further spins the numbers for Monday, December 26.
[via press release from ESPN]

Lions-Cowboys is ESPN's Highest-Rated and Most-Viewed Monday Night Football Game Since 2014

MNF Regular Season Finale Delivered Total Live Audience of Nearly 19 Million People as ESPN Won the Night

ESPN's 2016 Monday Night Football regular season finale - a Dallas Cowboys 42-21 victory over the Detroit Lions - delivered a total live audience (TV + Streaming) of 18,964,000 average viewers and a 10.1 US household rating. This is ESPN's highest-rated and most-viewed MNF telecast since the Washington Redskins-Dallas Cowboys MNF game on October 27, 2014, which delivered a total live audience of 19,083,000 average viewers and an 11.4 US household rating.

The total live audience for Lions-Cowboys is an 18 percent gain from last year's MNF regular season finale (Cincinnati Bengals vs. Denver Broncos), which delivered a total live audience of 16,011,000 average viewers and a 9.4 US household rating. Lions-Cowboys also surpassed the former 2016 season high - the week 4 New York Giants-Minnesota Vikings game on October 3 (13,494,000 average viewers, 8.0 US household rating).

Lions-Cowboys ranks as the highest-rated and most-viewed sporting telecast on cable since the College Football Playoff National Championship sustaining telecast on ESPN in January (13.8 rating, 23,650,000 viewers).

This marks the sixth time in ESPN's 11 seasons of televising MNF that a Cowboys game is ESPN's highest-rated and most-viewed MNF game of the season.

Lions-Cowboys on MNF:

· On TV (ESPN and ESPN Deportes), the game delivered 18,705,000 average viewers.

· On ESPN, the game delivered 18,605,0000 average viewers and the rating peaked during the 9:45-10 p.m. quarter hour with an 11.9 US household rating and 21,939,000 viewers. Lions-Cowboys ranked as the No. 1 telecast on Monday and helped ESPN win the night among all networks (broadcast or cable) in households, viewers and all key male and adult demos (18-34, 18-49 and 25-54).

· ESPN's streaming audience for Lions-Cowboys attracted an additional average minute audience of 260,000 viewers across the ESPN and ESPN Deportes streams, a 68 percent gain year-over-year. Between the two streams there were 600,000 viewers who watched 54 million live minutes - up 31 and 56 percent year-over-year, respectively.

· Monday Night Countdown also saw year-over-year gains, delivering 3,470,000 average viewers and a 2.0 US household rating - up 65 and 54 percent from last year's week 16 show, respectively. This is the most-viewed regular season, Monday edition of the pregame show since December 19, 2011 (4,907,000 viewers).

· SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt followed the game and averaged 4,418,000 viewers - up three percent from the postgame SportsCenter one year ago.

In Detroit, the game delivered an 11.2 rating on ESPN and an 18.3 on WXYZ-ABC, for a combined 29.5 rating in the market. Detroit's 11.2 rating on ESPN is the highest rating in that market for a regular season MNF game since Patriots-Saints delivered an 11.4 on November 30, 2009. In Dallas-Fort Worth, the game delivered an 8.9 rating on ESPN and a 26.0 on WFAA-ABC for a combined 34.9 rating in the market.

Top-10 metered markets (not including those of the competing teams): San Antonio (23.7), Austin (19.4), Norfolk (17.0), Memphis (16.5), Albuquerque-Santa Fe (16.3), Houston (15.6), Richmond-Petersburg (15.5), Las Vegas (14.4), Milwaukee (13.9) and Oklahoma City (13.7).

MNF in 2016 - Highlights:

· MNF helped ESPN win the night 15 times in 16 weeks among all key male and adult demos and 12 times among households and viewers.

· ESPN's MNF was the No. 1 telecast of the night 15 weeks among all key male demos.

· MNF on ESPN Deportes averaged a 0.3 Hispanic Household rating this season. Texans-Raiders (November 21) was the third most-watched MNF game ever on ESPN Deportes (TV + Streaming) among viewers. Additionally, 14 percent of the Texans-Raiders audience was Hispanic - the highest ever for a MNF matchup.

· ESPN's most-streamed MNF season on record. MNF attracted an average minute audience of 242,000 viewers across the ESPN and ESPN Deportes streams, a 35 percent increase compared to last season. Since Week 10 (post-election), streaming on WatchESPN increased 58 percent from 2015. The 10 most-streamed MNF games ever on ESPN occurred during the 2016 season, including a record 309,000 for Los Angeles Rams-San Francisco 49ers on September 12.

· Top-10 metered markets for MNF: Norfolk (12.0), New Orleans (11.6), Richmond-Petersburg (10.7), Denver (10.6), Las Vegas (10.4), Seattle (10.2), Philadelphia (9.8), West Palm Beach (9.7), San Diego (9.6) and Sacramento (9.4).

MNF in 2017 - Wild Card Playoff Game and the NFL Pro Bowl:

ESPN's MNF announce team - Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters - will call a National Football League Wild Card playoff game on January 7 or 8 (ESPN and ABC) as well as the NFL Pro Bowl on January 29 (ESPN). Photos via ESPN Images.

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Capital One Orange Bowl: 6.7 Overnight Gives New Year's Six Its Best Start; Sets New Year's Six Streaming Records
ESPN spins the numbers for Friday, December 30.
[via press release from ESPN]

Capital One Orange Bowl: 6.7 Overnight Gives New Year's Six Its Best Start; Sets New Year's Six Streaming Records

· Overnight is up 40% from 2014 Orange Bowl; Second-Best non-Semifinal New Year's Six Game Ever

· College Football Playoff Semifinals Kick Off Today; ESPN Presents MultiCast Coverage

The Capital One Orange Bowl between Florida State and Michigan (December 30 at 8 p.m. ET) delivered a 6.7 overnight rating on ESPN and streaming added an additional average minute audience of 243,000 with 745,000 unique viewers watching a total of 55,106,000 minutes. ESPN's overnight for the Seminoles' victory was an increase of 40% from the 2014 Capital One Orange Bowl (Mississippi State vs. Georgia Tech)*, with a streaming increase of 191%, 190%, and 232%, respectively, in average minute audience, unique viewers and total minutes, respectively, from the same game.

The overnight for the Seminoles' 33-32 win was the second-best non-Semifinal New Year's Six game since the inception of the College Football Playoff (nine games). The streaming average audience set a new high for non-Semifinal New Year's Six games in all three metrics and is a top 5 average minute audience for non-championship college football games overall, including semifinals and regular season.

Additional Orange Bowl highlights:

· New Year's Six Best Start: The 6.7 overnight for the Orange Bowl is the best overnight for the first game of the New Year's Six, surpassing the Peach Bowl in 2014 by 103% and in 2015 by 68%

· Peak Overnight: The game peaked at a 7.5 overnight during the final quarter hour (11:45 p.m. - Midnight)

· Best Among 600+ Games: Last night's overnight rating is the highest for a bowl game on any network - broadcast or cable -- that has aired on or before December 30 of that bowl season, besting more than 600 bowl games.

· Local Markets: Birmingham was the top market for the game with a 18.8 local rating. The complete top 10 markets:

Rank Rating Market
1 18.8 Birmingham
2 18.5 Detroit
3 16.1 Columbus, OH
4 15.3 Knoxville
5 13.7 Jacksonville
6 12.7 Nashville
7 11.8 Dayton
8 11.1 West Palm Beach
9 10.9 Cleveland
10 10.6 Orlando

Today: ESPN's Exclusive Coverage of the College Football Playoff Semifinals

The College Football Playoff Semifinals -- No. 4 Washington vs. No. 1 Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (3 p.m. ET) and No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Clemson in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (7 p.m.) -- will be televised today on ESPN, with five additional presentations on ESPN's networks as part of a MultiCast for both semifinals. The alternate productions will be available on ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes, with SEC Network airing Finebaum Filmroom during the Huskies-Crimson Tide game as a sixth option. ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes Radio will also broadcast the games. MultiCast presentations are available to stream on the ESPN app and WatchESPN. All information is here.

*2015 Orange Bowl was a College Football Playoff Semifinal; 2014 Orange Bowl was part of the New Year's Six

Streaming audience includes multiple feeds, including SkyCam and ESPN Deportes

Overnight records go back to 2001

Capital One Orange Bowl: 11,704,000 Viewers, Cements New Year's Six Best Start Ever

· Significant Audience Growth from 2014 Orange Bowl; Second-Most Watched non-Semifinal New Year's Six Game

· New ESPN Orange Bowl Audience Record

· Second Most-Watched Game of 2016 College Football Season on Any Network

The Capital One Orange Bowl between Florida State and Michigan (December 30 at 8 p.m. ET) delivered a total live audience (TV + streaming) of 11,704,000 viewers, up 30% from the 2014 Capital One Orange Bowl (Mississippi State vs. Georgia Tech).*

The total live audience makes the Seminoles' 33-32 victory the second-most watched non-Semifinal New Year's Six game since the inception of the College Football Playoff (nine games). ESPN's TV audience (11,461,000 viewers) alone would make it the second-most-watched non-Semifinal New Year's Six game, while the streaming average minute audience (243,000 viewers) set a new record for non-Semifinal New Year's Six games as announced this morning.

Additional Orange Bowl Highlights:

· New ESPN Record Audience: The total live audience makes this ESPN's most-watched Orange Bowl, not counting the College Football Playoff Semifinal (2015) or National Championship game (2013).

· A Top Game of 2016 on Any Network: The Seminoles' victory was the second most-watched college football game this season on any network, trailing only another Wolverines game -- the Michigan-Ohio State overtime thriller on ABC (November 26, 2016).

Additional superlatives were announced this morning

*2015 Orange Bowl was a College Football Playoff Semifinal; 2014 Orange Bowl was part of the New Year's Six


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College Football Playoff Semifinals Ratings Up Double Digits; Both Games See Overnight Increases and Set Streaming Records
ESPN spins the numbers for Saturday, December 31.
[via press release from ESPN]

College Football Playoff Semifinals Ratings Up Double Digits; Both Games See Overnight Increases and Set Streaming Records

· Each Game of New Year's Six Delivers Overnight and Streaming Growth

The College Football Playoff Semifinals (December 31, 2016 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN2) ratings were up double digits from last season, delivered year-over-year overnight growth in both games and set new streaming records.

College Football Playoff Semifinals Increase Overnight and Streaming Audience

The College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl between Washington and Alabama (December 31 at 3 p.m.) delivered a 11.5 overnight (ESPN and ESPN2) and streaming added an additional average minute audience of 470,000 viewers with 1,378,000 unique viewers watching a total of 96,860,000 minutes. The overnight for the Crimson Tide's 24-7 victory is up 17% from last season's College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl between Clemson and Oklahoma which also aired on both ESPN and ESPN2 in the afternoon on December 31 (4 p.m.). The streaming audience was up 57%, 16% and 40%, respectively, in average minute audience, unique viewers and total minutes watched from last year's Tigers-Sooners game.

The College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl between Ohio State and Clemson (December 31 at 7 p.m.) delivered a 10.5 overnight (ESPN and ESPN2) and streaming added an additional average minute audience of 410,000 viewers with 1,174,000 unique viewers watching a total of 86,075,000 minutes. The overnight for the Tigers' 31-0 lopsided victory is up 5% from last season's College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic between Michigan State and Alabama which also aired on ESPN and ESPN2 in primetime on December 31 (8 p.m.). The streaming audience also saw increases in all key metrics -- up 29%, 12%, and 32% respectively, in average minute audience, unique viewers and total minutes watched -- from last year's Spartans-Crimson Tide game.

Solely on ESPN, both games also saw overnight increases. The Huskies-Crimson Tide overnight earned a 10.9 overnight, up 12% from last year's first semifinal (9.7) and the Buckeyes-Tigers earned a 10.0 overnight on ESPN, up from last year's Spartans-Crimson Tide game (9.9).

ESPN Sets New College Football Playoff Streaming Records

The streaming average minute audience for the Peach Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl set new records, as they 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.

College Football Playoff Semifinals: Doubleheader Also Up Year-Over-Year in Overnight and Streaming Audience

Together, the semifinals averaged an 11.0 overnight (ESPN and ESPN2), up 11% from last year's semifinals on the same two networks. On ESPN alone, the doubleheader averaged a 10.4 overnight, up 6% from last year's doubleheader (9.8). The streaming average minute audience for the two games averaged 440,000 viewers, up 41% from last year (313,000 viewers).

New Year's Six Off to Fast Start

Combined with the Capital One Orange Bowl (December 30), the New Year's Six is off to a terrific start, averaging an overnight of 9.4 for all three games (ESPN and ESPN2) and a streaming average audience of 370,000 viewers, up 22% and 49%, respectively, to last season's first three games of the New Year's Six (December 31), which also included both semifinal games.

Additional College Football Playoff Semifinal Highlight

· Birmingham and Columbus - Top Markets: Birmingham and Columbus were the top markets for each game, with Birmingham (42.1) leading the way in the Peach Bowl and Columbus (35.1) in the Fiesta Bowl. Top 10 markets for each game:

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

Rank Rating Market
1 42.1 Birmingham
2 23.9 Columbus
3 22.2 Knoxville
4 21.2 Seattle
5 20.5 Atlanta
6 20.4 Greenville
7 19.5 Nashville
8 18.4 Dayton
9 17.4 Cleveland
10 17.0 Memphis

Top markets are ESPN only

PlayStation Fiesta Bowl

Rank Rating Market
1 35.1 Columbus
2 31.3 Birmingham
3 27.9 Greenville
4 27.6 Dayton
5 21. Knoxville
6 20.6 Cleveland
7 18.2 Atlanta
8 17.7 Nashville
9 16.8 Cincinnati
10 15.2 Jacksonville

Top markets are ESPN only

New Year's Six Continues on Monday, January 2

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at 1 p.m.

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic between No. 15 Western Michigan and No. 8 Wisconsin from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, begins a triple-header of premier bowl action. Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard and Allison Williams call the game on ESPN, with Jerry Olaya and Roberto Abramowitz on ESPN Deportes and Brad Sham, Rod Gilmore and Quint Kessenich on ESPN Radio.

The Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual at 5 p.m.

The Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual featuring No. 9 USC and No. 5 Penn State from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., at 5 p.m. will be broadcast by Fowler and Herbstreit along with Ponder reporting on the Trojans and Rinaldi on the Nittany Lions. The telecast looks back at great moments in Rose Bowl history, including the 75th anniversary of the 1942 game which was moved to Duke University after the attacks on Pearl Harbor. On ESPN Deportes, Kenny Garay and Alex Pombo will call the game with Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy and Molly McGrath on ESPN Radio. The Rose Bowl will also be the site of Championship Drive(10 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.) on January 2.

Allstate Sugar Bowl at 8:30 p.m.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl between No. 14 Auburn and No. 7 Oklahoma from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans at 8:30 p.m. will conclude the day. Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer and Kaylee Hartung will call the game on ESPN between the SEC's second-highest ranked team and the Big 12 Champions. Lalo Varela and Pablo Viruega are on ESPN Deportes' telecast with Bill Rosinski, David Norrie and Ian Fitzsimmons on ESPN Radio's broadcast.

Streaming audience includes multiple feeds, including SkyCam and ESPN Deportes

ESPN2 -- aired Command Center production for both semifinals this year; Simulcast ESPN Deportes for last season's semifinals

College Football Playoff Semifinals Average Nearly 20 Million Viewers; Deliver Double Digit Total Live Audience Growth and Increases TV Audience for Both Games

· ESPN Aired Top 4 Most-Watched Cable Programs of 2016

The College Football Playoff Semifinals (December 3
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Rose Bowl Rating Up Nearly 20%; Streaming Surpassed One Million Unique Viewers
ESPN spins the numbers for Monday, January 2.
[via press release from ESPN]

Rose Bowl Rating Up Nearly 20%; Streaming Surpassed One Million Unique Viewers

· Rose Bowl is Best Overnight and Most-Streamed Non-Semifinal New Year's Six Game Ever; Philadelphia Sets Local Market Record

· Sugar Bowl Overnight Up 15%, Streaming Up Nearly 80%

· New Year's Six Averages a 7.8 Overnight, Up Double Digits; Streaming Added Nearly 300,000 Viewers, Up 66% and Easily Most-Streamed New Year's Six Ever

The Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual between USC and Penn State (January 2 at 5 p.m. ET) generated an overnight rating of 9.4 on ESPN and streaming added an additional average minute audience of 300,000 viewers with 1,103,000 unique viewers watching a total of 75,989,000 minutes, making it by far the best overnight and most-streamed non-semifinal New Year's Six game ever (12 games in three years).

Rose Bowl Generates Significant Growth in All Metrics From Last Year

The overnight for the instant-classic was up 19% from last year's Rose Bowl Game (Stanford vs. Iowa) which was played on its traditional January 1 date (5 p.m. on ESPN), while the streaming audience was up 68%, 64%, and 102%, respectively, in average minute audience, unique viewers and total minutes watched.

Additional Rose Bowl Highlights:

· Last Two Minutes of Game Action Peaks Audience: The game peaked at a 12.4 overnight during the final two minutes of the fourth quarter, which included USC's game-winning field goal (9:15 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.).

· Philadelphia Sets Local Record: The City of Brotherly Love earned a 16.7 rating, the highest ever for a bowl game on ESPN (including championship games).

· Los Angeles and Pittsburgh Draw Big Overnights: L.A. earned a 14.9 overnight and Pittsburgh a 17.0 overnight, the second-highest local market rating for a bowl game on ESPN for both cities (including championship games).

· Top 10 Markets: Birmingham was the No. 1 rated market overall. The complete Top 10:

Rank Rating Market
1 19.2 Birmingham
2 17.0 Pittsburgh
3 16.7 Philadelphia
4 15.1 Columbus
5 14.9 Los Angeles
6 13.7 Tulsa
7 13.1 San Diego
8 12.8 Greenville
9 11.8 Portland
10 11.7 Fort Myers

Sugar Bowl Concludes New Year's Six With Overnight Increase, Large Streaming Growth

The Allstate Sugar Bowl between Auburn and Oklahoma (8:30 p.m. on ESPN*) generated an overnight rating of 6.1 and streaming added an additional average minute audience of 198,000 viewers with 732,000 unique viewers watching a total of 43,733,000 minutes. The overnight for the Sooners' victory was up 15% from last year's Sugar Bowl (Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss) which was played on January 1 (8:30 p.m. on ESPN) while the streaming audience was up 78%, 56%, and 89%, respectively, in average minute audience, unique viewers and total minutes watched.

Birmingham was the No. 1 local market, followed by Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Complete top 10:

Rank Rating Market
1 31.2 Birmingham
2 29.7 Oklahoma City
3 26.3 Tulsa
4 13.4 New Orleans
5 10.1 Austin
6 9.7 Nashville
7 9.5 Kansas City
8 9.3 Knoxville
9 9.1 Greenville
9.1 Columbus

The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic between Western Michigan and Wisconsin averaged a 3.2 overnight and streaming added an additional average minute audience of 133,000 viewers with 434,000 unique viewers watching a total of 24,572,000 minutes. The streaming average minute audience was up 55% compared to the 2014 Cotton Bowl**. The top 10 Cotton Bowl markets:

Rank Rating Market
1 18.0 Milwaukee
2 9.1 Detroit
3 6.4 Columbus
4 6.3 Birmingham
5 5.7 Minneapolis
6 5.1 Kansas Cityv 7 4.9 Dayton
8 4.8 Tulsa
Atlanta
10 4.5 Richmond

New Year's Six Up Double Digits; Easily Most-Streamed New Year's Six Ever

ESPN's presentation of the New Year's Six*** generated an average overnight rating of 7.8 across the six games and streaming added an additional average minute audience of 293,000 viewers with 926,000 unique viewers watching a total of 63,487,000 minutes. The six game overnight average is up 10% from last season's presentation of the same six games - including the College Football Playoff Semifinals being up double digits as previously documented -- and the streaming audience was up 66%, 30%, and 62%, respectively, in average minute audience, unique viewers and total minutes watched. This year's streaming audience is also up 194%, 104%, and 183% from the first year of the New Year's Six (December 3, 2014 - January 1, 2015). The TV overnights were down less than 5% from the record-setting inaugural year (8.2 overnight).

***New Year's Six consists of Capital One Orange Bowl, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual and Allstate Sugar Bowl. Each year, two of the games are College Football Playoff Semifinals.

Additional New Year's Six Highlights:

· Two of Top Three: ESPN aired two of the three highest-rated non-Semifinal New Year's Six games this year - Rose Bowl and Capital One Orange Bowl (6.7 overnight).

· Streaming Audience Continues to Grow: Led by the College Football Playoff Semifinals, this year's New Year's Six games account for three of the four most-streamed non-championship games ever for ESPN based on average minute audience. As previously mentioned, this was also easily the most-streamed New Year's Six ever.

· Top 10 markets: Birmingham, which was the No. 1 market in four of the New Year's Six games, led the way as the No. 1 local market for the complete New Year's Six. Complete top 10

Rank Rating Market
1 23.4 Birmingham
2 17.2 Columbus
3 13.7 Greenville
4 13.4 Knoxville
5 13.0 Tulsa
6 12.7 Dayton
7 12.1 Oklahoma City
8 12.0 Atlanta
9 11.8 Nashville
10 11.5 Cleveland

ESPN only

*Sugar Bowl began on ESPN2 and was joined in progress at the end of the Rose Bowl (approx. 9:30 p.m. ET); ESPN2 was not factored into the overnight

**2015 Cotton Bowl was a College Football Playoff Semifinal; 2014 Cotton Bowl was part of the New Year's Six

Rose Bowl Game Averages More Than 16 Million Viewers; Up 17% from 2016 Game

· Rose Bowl is Most-Watched Non-Semifinal New Year's Six Game; Sugar Bowl Audience Increases

· New Year's Six Averages Nearly 14 Million Viewers; Up 16%

The Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual between USC and Penn State (January 2 at 5 p.m. ET)
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Raiders-Texans Wild Card Game Delivers Total Live Audience of 25,632,000 Viewers
ESPN spins the numbers for Saturday, January 7.
[via press release from ESPN]

Raiders-Texans Wild Card Game Delivers Total Live Audience of 25,632,000 Viewers

On TV: Fourth Most-Watched Saturday Afternoon NFL Wild Card Game among Viewers in 16 years

The Saturday afternoon NFL Wild Card game on ESPN and ABC - a Houston Texans 27-14 victory over the Oakland Raiders - delivered a total live audience (TV + Streaming) of 25,632,000 average viewers according to Nielsen fast nationals.

Raiders-Texans is up from last year's Wild Card game on ESPN and ABC (Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans), which delivered a total live audience of 25,599,000 average viewers. It is also up 14 percent from the 2015 Wild Card game on ESPN (Arizona Cardinals vs. Carolina Panthers), which delivered a total live audience of 22,454,000 average viewers.

On ESPN and ABC, the game delivered 25,341,000 viewers and a 14.6 US household rating. The game rating peaked during the 5:45-6 p.m. quarter hour with 28,218,000 viewers and a 16.3 household rating. On TV, this is the fourth most-watched Saturday afternoon NFL Wild Card game among viewers in 16 years.

ESPN's streaming audience for Raiders-Texans attracted an additional average minute audience of 210,000 viewers across the ESPN and ESPN Deportes streams, a 52 percent gain year-over-year. Between the two streams there were 466,000 viewers who watched 45.2 million live minutes - up 22 and 58 percent year-over-year, respectively. Viewers stayed with the streams for an average of 97 minutes, which is the highest number for an NFL game on WatchESPN this season and up 30 percent year-over-year.

The game delivered a combined 17.8 television rating in San Francisco (this market includes Oakland and San Jose) - the highest rating in this market for a Saturday afternoon Wild Card game since 2007 - and a 31.2 rating in Houston. The top 10 metered markets (not including those of the competing teams): Norfolk (24.8), Richmond-Petersburg (24.1), Sacramento (22.8), Atlanta (22.2), Kansas City (21.7), Las Vegas (21.1), San Antonio (19.6), Austin and Portland (19.3) and Charlotte (18.9).

Please note: Final ratings/viewership for Raiders-Texans will be available later this week. Total live audience includes ESPN and ESPN Deportes (TV + Streaming) and ABC TV. Comparisons above are based on the final ratings/viewership for Chiefs-Texans (in 2016) and Cardinals-Panthers (in 2015). ESPN and ABC are reporting audience data for the Wild Card game the way it was sold to advertisers, as a gross rating across both networks.

ESPN's MNF Crew to Call NFL Pro Bowl on January 29

ESPN's Monday Night Football team will conclude its 2016 NFL season on Sunday, January 29, with the NFL Pro Bowl. ESPN and ESPN Deportes will televise the game at 7:50 p.m. ET from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. Photos via ESPN Images.

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