ESPN's broadcast of the inaugural College Football National Championship game ran up the score in the prime-time network television show ratings on Monday night.
The sports network had a big 18.5 overnight rating for its broadcast of the Ohio State Buckeyes-Oregon Ducks game, the highest metered market rating in ESPN history. The broadcast was also up 21% from last year's game between Florida State and Auburn.
Meanwhile, ABC topped network television in the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic, with a rating of 1.6, according to Nielsen.
However, the network's "The Bachelor" fell 23% from last week's premiere with a rating of 1.7 in the key demo. It...