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Saturday Cable Final Nationals: Wisconsin-Miami on ESPN is Top Non-College Football Playoff Semifinal Orange Bowl To-Date

The Orange Bowl featuring Wisconsin vs. Miami earned 11.727 million viewers, up 2 percent from last season’s Orange Bowl, which featured a thrilling Florida State victory over Michigan (Dec. 30, 2016) and up 31 percent from the 2014 Orange Bowl (Dec. 31, 2014), the first year of the New Year’s Six. The 2015 season’s Orange Bowl was a CFP Semifinal.

It was the most-watched non-CFP Semifinal Orange Bowl in the New Year’s Six era.

Milwaukee was the No. 1 local market, earning a 20.6 rating. Columbus was runner-up with a 19.0. Miami (10.8) ranked eighth.

(Sources: ESPN [1], [2]

What follows are the Live + Same Day rating results for the night’s top ten cable telecasts in total viewers and adults 18-49 as well as selected other programs on Saturday, December 30 (with the night’s cable ranks according to total viewers and adults 18-49 in parentheses):

The Cleveland Show (ADSM, 8:00 PM, 30 min.)
– 0.738 million viewers (#52)
– 0.28 A18-49 (#31)

Family Guy (ADSM, 8:30 PM, 30 min.)
– 0.878 million viewers (#41)
– 0.37 A18-49 (#20)

Rick & Morty (ADSM, 9:00 PM, 30 min.)
– 0.867 million viewers (#43)
– 0.39 A18-49 (#17)

Rick & Morty (ADSM, 9:30 PM, 30 min.)
– 1.032 million viewers (#31)
– 0.48 A18-49 (#8)

Family Guy (ADSM, 10:00 PM, 30 min.)
– 1.054 million viewers (#27)
– 0.49 A18-49 (#7)

Dragon Ball Super (ADSM, 10:30 PM, 30 min.)
– 0.832 million viewers (#49)
– 0.40 A18-49 (#14)

PJ Masks (DISJR, 8:00 PM, 25 min.)
– 0.686 million viewers (#56)
– 0.15 A18-49 (#73)

PJ Masks (DISJR, 8:30 PM, 25 min.)
– 0.606 million viewers (#66)
– 0.12 A18-49 (#85)

Spy Kids: All The Time In the World (DSNY, 8:00 PM, 95 min.)
– 1.067 million viewers (#26)
– 0.21 A18-49 (#45)

Stuck in the Middle (DSNY, 9:35 PM, 30 min.)
– 0.984 million viewers (#33)
– 0.20 A18-49 (#51)

Bunk’d (DSNY, 10:05 PM, 30 min.)
– 0.968 million viewers (#34)
– 0.18 A18-49 (#58)

Bizaardvark (DSNY, 10:35 PM, 25 min.)
– 0.989 million viewers (#32)
– 0.18 A18-49 (#58)

College Football Bowl Studio (ESPN, 8:00 PM, 11 min.)
– 9.463 million viewers (#2)
– 4.99 HH
– 2.49 A18-49 (#2)
– 1.72 A18-34

Orange Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Miami (ESPN, 8:11 PM, 197 min.)
– 11.727 million viewers (#1)
– 6.34 HH
– 3.12 A18-49 (#1)
– 2.32 A18-34

ESPN Original Documentary: 30 for 30: Nature Boy (ESPN2, 9:30 PM, 90 min.)
– 0.270 million viewers (#97)
– 0.18 HH
– 0.11 A18-49 (#95)
– 0.08 A18-34

Eat Sleep BBQ (FOOD, 9:00 PM, 30 min.)
– 0.646 million viewers (#62)
– 0.21 A18-49 (#45)

UFC 221 PPV Prelims (FS1, 8:00 PM, 120 min.)
– 0.914 million viewers (#37)
– 0.50 HH
– 0.32 A18-49 (#25)
– 0.25 A18-34

FX Movie Prime: Jurassic World (FX, 9:00 PM, 150 min.)
– 1.353 million viewers (#15)
– 0.47 A18-49 (#10)

Hallmark Original Movie: Royal New Year’s Eve (HALL, 8:00 PM, 90 min.)
– 3.907 million viewers (#3)
– 0.48 A18-49 (#8)

Winterfest Preview (HALL, 9:30 PM, 30 min.)
– 2.347 million viewers (#4)
– 0.26 A18-49 (#37)

King Arthur: Legend Sword (HBO, 8:00 PM, 126 min.)
– 1.520 million viewers (#9)
– 0.40 A18-49 (#14)

Your Worst Nightmare (ID, 10:00 PM, 60 min.)
– 1.048 million viewers (#28)
– 0.27 A18-49 (#36)

Movie- Acquired Premiere: Web Cam Girls (LIF, 8:00 PM, 122 min.)
– 0.839 million viewers (#48)
– 0.23 A18-49 (#39)

Thundermans (NICK, 8:00 PM, 60 min.)
– 0.903 million viewers (#38)
– 0.15 A18-49 (#73)

Full House (NAN, 9:00 PM, 30 min.)
– 0.647 million viewers (#61)
– 0.17 A18-49 (#66)

Full House (NAN, 9:30 PM, 30 min.)
– 0.677 million viewers (#59)
– 0.17 A18-49 (#66)

Fresh Prince of Bel Air (NAN, 10:00 PM, 30 min.)
– 0.586 million viewers (#67)
– 0.19 A18-49 (#55)

Fresh Prince of Bel Air (NAN, 10:30 PM, 30 min.)
– 0.541 million viewers (#73)
– 0.20 A18-49 (#51)

Hey Duggee (NKJR, 8:00 PM, 30 min.)
– 0.542 million viewers (#72)
– 0.12 A18-49 (#85)

Peppa Pig (NKJR, 9:00 PM, 30 min.)
– 0.564 million viewers (#71)
– 0.12 A18-49 (#85)

Peppa Pig (NKJR, 9:30 PM, 30 min.)
– 0.566 million viewers (#69)
– 0.11 A18-49 (#95)

Sweetie Pies (OWN, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
– 0.616 million viewers (#65)
– 0.15 A18-49 (#73)

The Big Bang Theory (TBS, 9:00 PM, 30 min.)
– 1.641 million viewers (#8)
– 0.51 A18-49 (#6)

The Big Bang Theory (TBS, 9:30 PM, 30 min.)
– 1.819 million viewers (#6)
– 0.61 A18-49 (#5)

The Big Bang Theory (TBS, 10:00 PM, 30 min.)
– 1.923 million viewers (#5)
– 0.67 A18-49 (#3)

The Big Bang Theory (TBS, 10:30 PM, 30 min.)
– 1.809 million viewers (#7)
– 0.62 A18-49 (#4)

TNT Big Picture Movies: San Andreas (TNT, 8:00 PM, 150 min.)
– 1.515 million viewers (#10)
– 0.36 A18-49 (#22)

Ghost Adventures Pop-Ups (TRAV, 9:00 PM, 60 min.)
– 0.469 million viewers (#80)
– 0.15 A18-49 (#73)

For the entire week of December 25-31, 2017 in Total Day (8 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.), Adult Swim is up 0.9 percent in viewership (815,000 vs. 808,000) and up 0.8 percent among Adults 18-49 (477,000 vs. 473,000) from one week earlier; the network is also down 9 percent in viewership (815,000 vs. 894,000) and down 11 percent among Adults 18-49 (477,000 vs. 538,000) from the same week one year ago (December 26, 2016-January 1, 2017).

Programming Insider TOONAMI – SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2017












Adult Swim PROGRAM Viewers
(000)
A1849
rating
A1849
(000)
10:30 Dragon Ball Super (r) 832 0.40 520
11:00 Dragon Ball Super (r) 864 0.41 526
11:30 Dragon Ball Super (r) 939 0.45 579
12:00a Dragon Ball Super (r) 970 0.45 583
12:30a Dragon Ball Super (r) 869 0.41 524
ProgrammingInsider.com
1:00a Dragon Ball Super (r) 883 0.43 553
1:30a Dragon Ball Super (r) 872 0.42 543
2:00a Dragon Ball Super (r) 793 0.38 484
2:30a Dragon Ball Super (r) 753 0.35 453
3:00a Dragon Ball Super (r) 703 0.34 442
3:30a Dragon Ball Super (r) 589 0.30 381

Source: Live+Same Day data, Nielsen Media Research

Written by Douglas Pucci

Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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