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TV Sports News: Virginia football, basketball games draw good numbers

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The broadcast of the Virginia-Pitt game drew the second-most viewers of the broadcasts involving ACC teams last weekend, and ranked 14th overall among all college football games for the weekend, according to

The 3:30 p.m. broadcast on ESPN2 averaged 851,000 viewers. The noon broadcast of Wake Forest vs. Clemson on ABC topped the ACC weekend with an average of 1.553 million viewers.

The top-rated college football game of the weekend was the CBS broadcast of Alabama-Arkansas, which averaged 5.464 million viewers.

Another frame of reference: Fox averaged 28.063 million for its Sunday 4:25 p.m. NFL regional coverage.

On the basketball side, the ESPN broadcast of last Tuesday’s prime-time UVA-Houston game ranked second overall for all college hoops broadcasts for the week, averaging 478,000 viewers.

The top-rated college basketball broadcast for the week was ABC’s Villanova-Purdue, which averaged 583,000 viewers at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The #1 basketball game overall for the week was TNT’s Tuesday prime-time broadcast of the Golden State-Brooklyn game, which averaged 2.293 million viewers.

Story by Chris Graham