While Tennessee prevailed after an exhilarating end in its game against Georgia Tech, it also helped put a finishing touch on a very successful opening weekend for ESPN.
The Vols’ 42-41 double-overtime win over the Yellow Jackets, an instant classic, drew a 3.3 overnight rating. That makes it the third-highest overnight for ESPN since last year’s Labor Day night matchup.
The only two games to top that mark came last Thursday when No. 2 Ohio State rallied for a 49-21 win over Indiana. The other matchup also involved the Buckeyes, who survived at Michigan State with a 17-16 win last November.
— ESPN PR (@ESPNPR) September 5, 2017
All in all, ESPN’s family of networks were home to the top 5 highest-rated games across all TV (broadcast and cable) during kickoff weekend.
Alabama’s 24-7 win over Florida State, which aired on ABC, also drew massive ratings. That game drew a 7.3 overnight rating, becoming ESPN/ABC’s highest-rated kickoff weekend game on record.
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