Tennessee players celebrate their 42-41 double overtime win over Georgia Tech Monday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 
Photo: HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
Photo: HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

How Georgia Tech-Tennessee rated on Atlanta, national TV

ESPN’s telecast of the Georgia Tech-Tennessee game Monday night drew a 12.8 local rating in the Atlanta TV market. 

Nationally, the game delivered a 3.3 overnight rating. 

Those figures mean 12.8 percent of TV homes in the Atlanta market and 3.3 percent of homes across the nation’s 56 metered markets tuned in on average. 

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Tennessee won the game – the second of two Chick-fil-A Kickoff games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium over the Labor Day weekend – 42-41 in double overtime. 

On Saturday night, Alabama’s 24-7 win over Florida State drew a 15.2 rating in Atlanta and a 7.3 national rating across the metered markets. 

Within the Atlanta market, the Alabama-Florida State and Georgia Tech-Tennessee games were watched by about 367,000 and 309,000 local homes, respectively.

Gary Stokan, president and CEO of Peach Bowl Inc., which operates the Chick-fil-A Kickoff event, said Tuesday he was “very pleased” with the TV ratings and with the combined attendance of 151,437 for the two games.

“It was a fantastic weekend,” Stokan said. “This was an appetizer for what is going to continue to go on with college football in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.”

Four more college games are scheduled there this season: the SEC Championship game Dec. 2, the Celebration Bowl on Dec. 16, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Jan. 1 and the College Football Playoff national championship game Jan. 8.

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