ESPN2’s broadcast of the No 1 rank Florida Gators win over the 6th rank Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday afternoon was the most watched Softball game of the season to date. The Gators-Tide game drew 298,000 viewers according to SportsTVRatings.com
The Alabama-Florida telecast which was up from last week’s Florida-LSU game which garnered 250,000 viewers.
The Gators -Alabama game this year numbers were significantly up from last year’s Florida-Alabama game on ESPN2 which garnered 188,000 viewers. Alabama-Florida was easily the most watched Softball game of the weekend.
The game was a big draw in Orlando, as the Alabama-Florida game garnered a 0.5 rating in Orlando which is highest rated regular season college softball regular season game in Orlando since March 27,2010 between Alabama-Florida which garnered 0.6 rating.
ESPNU’s Saturday afternoon game between the Tennessee Volunteers and Missouri Tigers garnered 101,000 viewers. Saturday night’s wild game between UCLA and Oregon won by the Ducks garnered 99,000 viewers. The game started on ESPNews before flipping to ESPNU. Sunday Night’s game on ESPNU featuring Ole Miss against Mississippi State garnered 91,000 viewers. Keep in mind Ole Miss-Mississppi State was up against the Women’s College Basketball Final Four and opening night of Major League Baseball.
Among the competition that College Softball had more viewers then included College Baseball showdown between Florida and Texas AM which garnered 88,000 viewers on ESPNU both on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. This weekend game is highlighted by Kentucky at LSU which has been moved from a 6pm ESPN2 start to 3pm start on ESPN.
ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU Softball Schedule
|March 18||7 p.m.||No. 16 Tennessee at No. 1 Florida||ESPNU- 74K|
|March 24||5 p.m.||Mississippi Valley State at Texas Southern||ESPNU-44K|
|March 26||Noon||Florida at LSU||ESPN2-250K|
|9 p.m.||Texas at Baylor||ESPN2-164K|
|April 2||Noon||Alabama at Florida||ESPNU-298k|
|Tennessee at Missouri
UCLA at Oregon
|April 3||7 p.m.||Ole Miss at Mississippi State||ESPNU- 91k|
|April 8||7 p.m.||Coastal Carolina at Winthrop||ESPNU|
|April 9||Noon||Texas A&M at Tennessee||ESPNU|
|5:30 p.m.||NC State at Florida State||ESPNU|
|3 p.m.||Kentucky at LSU||ESPN|
|7:30 p.m.||Georgia at Missouri||ESPNU|
|April 10||3 p.m.||Oklahoma at Baylor||ESPN2|
|4 p.m.||NC State at Florida State||ESPNU|
|April 16||1 p.m.||Tennessee at Georgia||ESPN2|
|3 p.m.||Texas at Oklahoma||ESPN2|
|April 23||2 p.m.||Georgia at Auburn||ESPNU|
|4:30 p.m.||Oklahoma at Tennessee||ESPNU|
|5 p.m.||UCLA at Arizona||ESPN2|
|April 24||3:30 p.m.||Notre Dame at North Carolina||ESPNU|
|5 p.m.||UCLA at Arizona||ESPN2|
|April 25||7 p.m.||Notre Dame at North Carolina||ESPNU|
|April 27||6 p.m.||Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton||ESPNU|
|10:30 p.m.||Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton||ESPNU*|
|April 28||4 p.m.||Bethune-Cookman at Florida A&M||ESPNU|
|April 30||7 p.m.||LSU at Arkansas||ESPNU|
|8 p.m.||Auburn at Tennessee||ESPN2|
|May 1||3 p.m.||Arizona at Oregon||ESPN2|
|5 p.m.||UCF at USF||ESPNU|
|7 p.m.||Auburn at Tennessee||ESPNU|
|May 7||Noon||Georgia at Alabama||ESPN|
|1 p.m.||Texas A&M at Auburn||ESPNU|
|3 p.m.||South Carolina at Missouri||ESPNU|
|May 13||3 p.m.||SEC Tournament||ESPNU|
|5:30 p.m.||SEC Tournament||ESPNU|
|May 14||Noon||American Championship||ESPN|
|2 p.m.||ACC Championship||ESPN|
|5 p.m.||SEC Championship||ESPN|
|May 15||10 a.m.||SWAC Softball Championship||ESPNU**|
*Live on ESPN3 at 8:30 p.m.
**Live on ESPN3 on May 14 at 3 p.m.