Champs Again: "The U" Highest Rated Documentary In ESPN History

Ivan BlancoCorrespondent IDecember 16, 2009

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 17:  Sebastian the Ibis gets the crowd into the game as the Miami Hurricanes take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Land Shark Stadium on September 17, 2009 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Miami defeated Georgia Tech 33-17.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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If ESPN had their way, they'd resurrect the 1980's Hurricanes and stick'em on prime time year-round. Variety is reporting today that ESPN's latest "30 for 30" series installment, The U, drew in a record-setting 2.3 million viewers Saturday night, shattering the previous record of 1.8 million held by The Greatest Game, a documentary on the 1958 NFL Championship game.

Miami has a long history of drawing big TV numbers, especially in the regular season, where they have played in half of ESPN's top rated NCAA games and 4 of the top 7 most watched games. With the immediate success of the documentary, it'll be interesting to see how ESPN capitalizes on the Hurricanes' popularity --and infamy-- next season.