AUSTIN, Texas — While the season is only beginning, ratings show that ABC's broadcasts of the Texas-LSU game are among Saturday Night Football's best early-season games, according to ESPN.
The Texas-LSU game rated No. 1 at 5.8 on Saturday. During the game highpoint, more than 230,000 households watched the game and 56% of televisions on during the game were tuned into KVUE.
Texas A&M vs. Clemson also marked ABC's best late afternoon non-kickoff week September game. It scored a rating of 4.7. In third was Oregon-Auburn at 4.4 from Saturday, Aug. 31. All three aired on ABC.
Regarding the Texas-LSU game, New Orleans delivered the market's best rating (33.6) for a game on ESPN/ABC since 2006. Still, Austin ranks number two at 28.3 – the market's best since 2009. Birmingham Alabama ranks third at 17.7.
Meanwhile, the top three markets for the A&M-Clemson game were Greenville (19.4), Birmingham (15.0) and Austin (13.2).
The top two games delivered near-record ratings among early-season games in their timeslots.
And, on ESPN, College GameDay increased its ratings year-over-year. The show earned a 1.5 overnight, up 7% year-over-year. The show's final hour delivered a 1.7 overnight. Austin delivered a 4.0 rating, which is the show's best since 2011.
ABC also aired its best Pac-12 finale game window in nearly two years. Stanford at USC earned a 1.5 overnight, which is the highest-rated Pac-12 intra-conference matchup in the network's final game window since 2017.
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