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Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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Utah State tight end Keegan Andersen, left, scores past San Jose State cornerback Dasheon Frierson during the first half of an NCAA college football game Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
USU crushed BYU in the TV ratings

Wow. Utah State beat the crap out of BYU on Friday.

That's not a prediction for this week's game, that's a TV ratings report from this past Friday. More than 2½ times as many viewers tuned in to see the Aggies beat San Jose State as saw the Cougars beat Middle Tennessee.

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The two games aired opposite each other - the former on ESPN; the latter on ESPNU. And here are the rather stunning results, according to ESPN:

USU-SJSU averaged 838,000 viewers and a 0.6 rating.

BYU-Middle Tennessee averaged 313,000 viewers and a 0.2 rating.

The Aggies were actually seen by 2.68 times more viewers than the Cougars.

BYU apologists can point to the whole Middle Tennessee thing. And the fact that ESPNU is available in about 25 million fewer homes. But that's grasping at straws.

By the way, the Utah-BYU game on Sept. 21 averaged 1.263,000 viewers and a 0.8 rating on ESPN2, more than the USU-SJSU and BYU-Middle Tennessee games combined.

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