Three Tennessee cities among's ESPN's top markets

Left to right, analyst Desmond Howard, host Chris Fowler, and analysts Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit discuss this weeks college football match-ups as ESPN College GameDay tapes their show from Circle Park on the University of Tennessee campus on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess, Knoxville News Sentinel

Left to right, analyst Desmond Howard, host Chris Fowler, and analysts Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit discuss this weeks college football match-ups as ESPN College GameDay tapes their show from Circle Park on the University of Tennessee campus on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

BRISTOL, Conn. -- Led by Knoxville, three Tennessee cities are ranked among the top 10 in terms of highest-metered markets watching ESPN's college football. Knoxville ranks third (4.6), Nashville is ninth (3.3) and Memphis (3.1).

The home market of the Vols jumped from 10th to third this season. Knoxville had the largest jump from 2011, as the rating increased 53 percent from 4.6 to 3.0.

Here is a full look at ESPN's information regarding college football rankings.

Top 10 Markets for 2012

1. Birmingham, Ala. - 8.9

2. Greenville, S.C. - 4.7

3. Knoxville, Tenn. - 4.6

4. New Orleans, La. - 3.7

5T. Jacksonville, Fla. - 3.6

5T. Columbus, Ohio - 3.6

7. Atlanta, Ga. - 3.5

8. Oklahoma City, Okla. - 3.4

9. Nashville, Tenn. - 3.3

10T. Memphis, Tenn. - 3.1

10T. Austin, Texas - 3.1

The Vols were a fixture on national television in 2012 and did their part to make the TV ratings meter jump. UT played in six games on the ESPN family of networks.

The Tennessee-Florida football game was the most-watched college football game for the week of Sept. 15. ESPN's broadcast led all games with 5,076,000 total viewers for Florida's 37-20 victory over the Vols. The game garnered a rating of 30.1 in Knoxville, meaning nearly one in every three homes in the area were tuned into the Vols football game.

On Aug. 31, ESPNU averaged 1,491,000 viewers (based on a 1.3 rating and 945,000 households) for its telecast of Tennessee beating NC State, 35-21, making it the network's most-viewed college football game ever.

ESPN's prime time telecast of Alabama at Tennessee was the second most-viewed night game on Oct. 20. The game averaged 4,223,000 viewers on a 2.5 US rating (2.9 coverage rating).

Tennessee's game at South Carolina on Oct. 27 aired on ESPN, earning a 3.0 rating which was the third-highest rated college football game that day and the highest-rated game in the Noon window.

Additionally, the Tennessee at Georgia game on CBS on Sept. 29 recorded a national rating of 2.9 with a 7 share. The viewing audience was 4.682 million which marked the second-most viewed college football game of the weekend behind Ohio State-Michigan State on ABC. In Knoxville, the Vols-Georgia game drew a 26.8 rating and a 47 share, meaning 47 percent of televisions in the market were tuned in to the game.

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Comments » 25

GerryOP writes:

What a joy it is to hear folks saying something positive about Knoxville and our Vols! A true blessing.!

murrayvol writes:

Even in a down year the Vols were a big draw.

6972 writes:

Let's hope that next year ESPN will be wanting us to appear a lot....a CBS game on Saturday would be nice also. GBO.

HopeisNotaCourseofAction writes:

One win gave us all 'hope' at the beginning, and the rest listed all losses. Guess at 5-7 that is to be expected, that and the others aren't even on since no one wants to tune into TN vs those legendary football programs such as ga st and akron.

CCLC writes:

in response to murrayvol:

Even in a down year the Vols were a big draw.

Whoa big fella.....
Do your homework... uT was only in any ratings on account of who they played. Lot spin going on here gentlemen. Please read.http://www.sportsmediawatch.com/2012/...
Not so impressive numbers when you take who uT was playing out. Sooo did folks watch because of uT or because of who the Vols were playing? Indeed. You and I both know a 1-7 SEC contender garners no followers.

The highest rated and most-watched college football game of the season was the December 1 Alabama/Georgia SEC Championship Game on CBS (9.8, 16.2M)

just sayin'

CCLC writes:

in response to HopeisNotaCourseofAction:

One win gave us all 'hope' at the beginning, and the rest listed all losses. Guess at 5-7 that is to be expected, that and the others aren't even on since no one wants to tune into TN vs those legendary football programs such as ga st and akron.

UT ran a pro set with less than stellar run blocking and decent pass blocking. Now they will transition and run block in the spread. Bray’s 2 best WR’s will declare and not be available in 2013. The D has gone from a 4-3 to a 3-4 back to a 4-3. Does anyone think uT will win more than 6 games in 2013. Of course everyone will be glued to their widescreen tvs to find out... right?

tulelakevol writes:

W h o c a r e s n o t m e. I w i l l w a t c h t h e v o l s o n t v.

tulelakevol writes:

Sorry, slow day.

GatorHater1998 writes:

Ha, i live in birmingham

GerryOP writes:

in response to CCLC:

Whoa big fella.....
Do your homework... uT was only in any ratings on account of who they played. Lot spin going on here gentlemen. Please read.http://www.sportsmediawatch.com/2012/...
Not so impressive numbers when you take who uT was playing out. Sooo did folks watch because of uT or because of who the Vols were playing? Indeed. You and I both know a 1-7 SEC contender garners no followers.

The highest rated and most-watched college football game of the season was the December 1 Alabama/Georgia SEC Championship Game on CBS (9.8, 16.2M)

just sayin'

Are you related to Joe Btfsplk? Do you really believe that there is a black cloud hanging over you and our Vols? Or are you just another danged troll stirring the pot?

C'mon pal, a positive ESPN article about Knoxville and our Vols and you're still out there hanging black crepe.

Some people see the glass as half empty, others see the glass as half full. CCLC looks around and whines "I don't have a glass..."

volvann writes:

And ESPN continued to show highlights of Vols losing around the clock, on the games they won, you could not watch ESPN for 2-4 hours and see one clip. So read into this how you want. ESPN has never liked UT and probably never will in my lifetime.....

But my heart only beats Orange Blood, so what ESPN says and does is irrelevant to me...

spvol writes:

Hopefully not so many ESPN games in the future.

GerryOP writes:

in response to HopeisNotaCourseofAction:

One win gave us all 'hope' at the beginning, and the rest listed all losses. Guess at 5-7 that is to be expected, that and the others aren't even on since no one wants to tune into TN vs those legendary football programs such as ga st and akron.

What're you saying? Or are you just another naysaying negaVol whining? The article says Knoxville was ranked third among the top 10 in terms of highest-metered markets watching ESPN's college football. What is your problem with that?

Hmmmm? Let's try a lesson in logic. Knoxville was ranked third among the top 10 in terms of highest-metered markets watching ESPN's college football. What is in Knoxville, Tennessee? You're right! The University of Tennessee! Many of the televised UT games were away games. But Knoxville was ranked third among the top 10 in terms of highest-metered markets watching ESPN's college football. Now, what does that tell us? It tells me that there are a lot of folks in the Knoxville area who were interested in watching our Vols ... win, lose, or draw! I guess all of you naysaying negaVols who get your kicks out of logging onto GVX and doggin' our Vols were probably watching the Vols games on TV! C'mon you naysaying negaVols, even though your only life is on here doggin' our Vols, you still watched every Vol game that you could. C'mon now ... 'fes up.

GerryOP writes:

in response to spvol:

Hopefully not so many ESPN games in the future.

Poor baby. Is your life really that bad that you don't want to watch our Vols on TV? Really? Poor baby...

dvols writes:

uh....no wonder Alabama is so good, ESPN gets paid by advertisers.....

explains alot, if TN can get a 9.2 market share then the 5 stars will be a coming!

baby up!

gc_scvol writes:

in response to titletownz:

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Go away little girl.

AllforTenn writes:

in response to CCLC:

Whoa big fella.....
Do your homework... uT was only in any ratings on account of who they played. Lot spin going on here gentlemen. Please read.http://www.sportsmediawatch.com/2012/...
Not so impressive numbers when you take who uT was playing out. Sooo did folks watch because of uT or because of who the Vols were playing? Indeed. You and I both know a 1-7 SEC contender garners no followers.

The highest rated and most-watched college football game of the season was the December 1 Alabama/Georgia SEC Championship Game on CBS (9.8, 16.2M)

just sayin'

Knoxville was the 3rd biggest market in the country. I would think most of that audience was following the Vols. Jost sayin'

BigVolFaninSC writes:

in response to CCLC:

Whoa big fella.....
Do your homework... uT was only in any ratings on account of who they played. Lot spin going on here gentlemen. Please read.http://www.sportsmediawatch.com/2012/...
Not so impressive numbers when you take who uT was playing out. Sooo did folks watch because of uT or because of who the Vols were playing? Indeed. You and I both know a 1-7 SEC contender garners no followers.

The highest rated and most-watched college football game of the season was the December 1 Alabama/Georgia SEC Championship Game on CBS (9.8, 16.2M)

just sayin'

So, who were we watching here in Greenville (30 miles from Tiggertown and 100 from Yardbirdville) to get 2nd place?

One thing is certain...The VOL Nation will rise again!

15_counting writes:

Think about it folks. Knoxville jumped from 10th to 3rd. It don't take a rocket scientist to know that's because the stadium was empty! Most stayed home and watched it on TV.

Just sayin'

HopeisNotaCourseofAction writes:

in response to GerryOP:

What're you saying? Or are you just another naysaying negaVol whining? The article says Knoxville was ranked third among the top 10 in terms of highest-metered markets watching ESPN's college football. What is your problem with that?

Hmmmm? Let's try a lesson in logic. Knoxville was ranked third among the top 10 in terms of highest-metered markets watching ESPN's college football. What is in Knoxville, Tennessee? You're right! The University of Tennessee! Many of the televised UT games were away games. But Knoxville was ranked third among the top 10 in terms of highest-metered markets watching ESPN's college football. Now, what does that tell us? It tells me that there are a lot of folks in the Knoxville area who were interested in watching our Vols ... win, lose, or draw! I guess all of you naysaying negaVols who get your kicks out of logging onto GVX and doggin' our Vols were probably watching the Vols games on TV! C'mon you naysaying negaVols, even though your only life is on here doggin' our Vols, you still watched every Vol game that you could. C'mon now ... 'fes up.

OK mental midget, let me dumb it down for you since you seem to be the only one here who didn't get it, but felt compelled to name call and throw accusations about stuff you know nothing about.

First, a n d I w i l l s t a r t s l o w f o r y o u, my point was we won the 1st game only to lose everyone that was later on national TV, which naturally reflected the bad year as a whole.

Second, no logic lessons from you, you can't grasp basic concepts on a simple sports thread, so stick to your cartoons and grade school name calling.

Third - and I know this is higher math for you, although we are down, and I say this as a proud UT grad and annual donator, we are not not so far down that we have to try and claim bragging rights for TV watching, get it DA?

Colliervol writes:

in response to murrayvol:

Even in a down year the Vols were a big draw.

Exactly Murray. Trolls can say what they like about it having lost its luster but the brand is still there even in a bad period. Just have to have the right coach in there to pull the strings and I hope Butch is the man. Lots of good reviews on him.

Colliervol writes:

in response to GerryOP:

Are you related to Joe Btfsplk? Do you really believe that there is a black cloud hanging over you and our Vols? Or are you just another danged troll stirring the pot?

C'mon pal, a positive ESPN article about Knoxville and our Vols and you're still out there hanging black crepe.

Some people see the glass as half empty, others see the glass as half full. CCLC looks around and whines "I don't have a glass..."

He's a Georgia fan Gerry. A troll whose comments are irrelevant. Pay no attention.

HighPlainsVol writes:

in response to CCLC:

Whoa big fella.....
Do your homework... uT was only in any ratings on account of who they played. Lot spin going on here gentlemen. Please read.http://www.sportsmediawatch.com/2012/...
Not so impressive numbers when you take who uT was playing out. Sooo did folks watch because of uT or because of who the Vols were playing? Indeed. You and I both know a 1-7 SEC contender garners no followers.

The highest rated and most-watched college football game of the season was the December 1 Alabama/Georgia SEC Championship Game on CBS (9.8, 16.2M)

just sayin'

Hang on, big fella. A lot of us Vol fans tuned in regardless of who they were playing or who was playing on other channels. You certainly have a point, but I think there are many out there who want to see the Vols.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to 15_counting:

Think about it folks. Knoxville jumped from 10th to 3rd. It don't take a rocket scientist to know that's because the stadium was empty! Most stayed home and watched it on TV.

Just sayin'

Gotta say, that thought occurred to me, too. But really, when you are talking about the kind of numbers those ratings represent, most of the viewers were people who have never seen Neyland Stadium in person, and couldn't fit in it if they actually wanted to go to the games.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to HighPlainsVol:

Hang on, big fella. A lot of us Vol fans tuned in regardless of who they were playing or who was playing on other channels. You certainly have a point, but I think there are many out there who want to see the Vols.

As I have said many times before with no one contradicting me, more people watch the Vols play--both on TV and in person, home and away--than any other athletic program in the country. That is just a guess, but even last year, UT was no doubt in the top 10 in average football attendance, the basketball team was in the top 10 in basketball attendance, and the Lady Vols basketball team blows the field away in attendance. When they play away games, the opponents often record the largest crowds they draw all year. Put all that together with the numerous TV games for all three teams, and you have arguably the most visible sports program in the country.

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