Dec. 11, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- For the 12th consecutive year Knoxville ranks in the top 10 among all markets watching ESPN College Football. In 2013, Knoxville ranked third in the nation with a 4.4 rating, the ninth time in 12 years the market was in the top three.
Since Knoxville became a metered market in 2002, it is one of only four markets to rank in the top 10 each year in terms of watching ESPN's College Football game telecasts. Also ranking among the top 10 in each of the last 12 seasons are Birmingham, Ala., Columbus, Ohio and Jacksonville, Fla.
For the 2013 season, only Birmingham (8.9) and Greenville, S.C. (4.9) had higher ratings than the home of the Vols. Three markets in the state of Tennessee were among the top 10 for the second year in a row. Nashville and Memphis tied with Columbus, Ohio and Jacksonville, Fla. for fifth, all with an average rating of 3.3 in 2013.
Tennessee is the only state to have three markets in the Top 10 for the second year in a row. In fact, no other state had more than one market in the top 10 in each of the last two years.
Since 2002, Knoxville has ranked in the top three on nine occasions including being the second-highest in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009. The market ranked third in 2003, 2010, 2012 and 2013.
Here's a rundown of Knoxville's yearly ratings and national rankings according to ESPN.
Knoxville Ratings For ESPN College Football
2002: 4.8 (2nd)
2003: 4.0 (3rd)
2004: 4.3 (2nd)
2005: 3.3 (6th)
2006: 5.9 (2nd)
2007: 4.0 (4th)
2008: 4.8 (2nd)
2009: 5.1 (2nd)
2010: 4.1 (3rd)
2011: 3.0 (10th)
2012: 4.6 (3rd)
2013: 4.4 (3rd)