BTN Communications, November 24, 2014
CHICAGO - BTN on Saturday had the highest viewership in its history, with three football and two men?s basketball games contributing to the record day.
Saturday?s noon ET games, which featured Indiana at Ohio State and Rutgers at Michigan State, averaged a 3.0 HH rating in the network?s 12 metered markets.* Most notably, the games in Columbus earned a 27.0 HH rating, in Dayton, 13.9, Cleveland, 12.1 and in Detroit, 6.5.
BTN?s afternoon game, Maryland at Michigan, delivered a 2.0 HH rating, with Detroit leading all the network?s metered markets with a 10.3 HH rating, followed by Columbus at 9.5.
BTN completed the night with two non-conference men?s basketball games, Lamar at Indiana and Boise State at Wisconsin.
BTN will finish the regular season football game this Saturday (11/29) with a key matchup that will determine the winner of the Big Ten?s West Division, as No. 22 Minnesota heads to No. 14 Wisconsin for a 3:30 PM ET start. Given the game?s significance in the Big Ten title race, the network will travel its lead studio team of Dave Revsine and analysts Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith to Madison for on-site pregame, halftime and post-game coverage.
*Source: Nielsen Arianna Overnights (11/22/14). Metered Markets: Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
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