(University Park, PA) -
January 14, 2011 ? The Penn State-Florida clash in the 2011 Outback Bowl delivered an impressive television audience, ranking as the fourth-highest rated contest among all 35 bowl games and doubling the audience from last year?s game in Tampa.
The ESPN on ABC telecast of the contest between the Nittany Lions and Gators delivered a 7.1 rating, translating into 8.17 million U.S. TV households and 12.445 million viewers, producing the highest rating for a college football game on ABC during the 2010 season.
The 2011 Outback Bowl, which kicked at 1:00 p.m. on New Year?s Day, earned a higher rating and larger TV audience than two Bowl Championship Series games played in primetime.
The Penn State-Florida contest earned a 103 percent increase over the 4.01 million TV households that watched the 2010 Outback Bowl on ESPN. The Nittany Lions and Gators also produced a TV rating that was 101 percent higher than the 3.5 figure the 2010 Outback Bowl earned.
The BCS National Championship Game (15.3 rating), the Rose Bowl (11.3) and the Allstate Sugar Bowl (8.2) were the only bowl games to earn a higher TV rating than Penn State-Florida in the 2011 Outback Bowl.
Big Ten Conference teams played in three of the four highest rated games during the 2010-11 bowl season.
The Nittany Lions have long been one of college football's premier programs for television networks. Every Nittany Lion game has been televised the past seven seasons and 203 of the last 205 Penn State games overall have been on TV.
During the 2009 season, the Nittany Lions? last victory over LSU in the 2010 Capital One Bowl earned a six percent television ratings increase over the Jan. 1, 2009 contest and was seen on in more than 7.8 million U.S. TV households on ABC.
The Penn State-USC clash in the 2009 Rose Bowl earned an 11.7 rating on ABC, a five percent increase over the 2008 Rose Bowl telecast