Yeah the thing that sucks, is that it's impossible to debate them. Petersen has a legitimate gripe and they get to all attack him with facts that are skewed to meet their argument. Notice on the screen shot it says "on ESPN" instead of overall. If there are 10% less viewers on late Saturday night but 50% less games to choose from to watch, then those individual games will have an uptick from earlier individual games.
A list of channels showing games during the day in the same time slots:
ABC, FSI, ESPNU, ACCNE, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, BTN, SECN, ESPN, CBSSN
A list of channels showing games Saturday night:
ABC (7PM), BTN (7PM), ESPN2 (9:15PM), CBSSN (9:30PM), ESPN (9:45PM)
Half as many channels on Saturday night than Saturday afternoon. 70% less channels by the time the 9pm ET games start the second half. Here is the best part, I'm not even counting that ESPN3 kicks in at 1:30PM with regional games too but the last ones end around 9:30pm.
That tells me that no one on the East coach is staying up to watch those games but ESPN is helping them get exposure right?