David Barron released his first local TV ratings of the year which includes the first two weeks. I’ll track them like I did last year’s.
So, the rating actually isn’t that bad (Barron only gives out the top performing games in Houston, not the entire list). Last year, Houston-Texas State was the highest rated game on ESPNU in the Houston area with a 2.5/89K viewers. This game would have tied for 4th highest last year with Texas A&M-New Mexico State, but behind Texas A&M-UTSA and Houston-UCF. None of those games were late games though.
Going by best performing late games last year, only 1 game rated better than last week’s game: Oregon-Cal which started at 9:30 on ESPN. It rated a 1.7/44K viewers.
Due to Hurricane Irma, national data for ESPNU games was delayed so I didn’t have that info yet.