‘The U’ sets docu record at ESPN

'30 on 30' series continues in March

Closing out the fall slate of ESPN’s “30 on 30” series, “The U” drew the most viewers ever for a documentary on the sports cabler.

Airing Saturday night, director Billy Corben’s look back at the heyday of the U. of Miami football program drew a record-setting 2.3 million viewers. “The Greatest Game,” which aired last December and examined the 1958 NFL championship game between the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants, held the previous record at 1.8 million.

Net will restart the series on March 14 with Dan Klores’ “Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. the New York Knicks,” which documents when Miller scored eight points in 8.9 seconds to help the Indiana Pacers defeat the Knicks in a 1995 playoff game at Madison Square Garden.

Also Saturday, ESPN drew 5.9 million viewers (a 44% increase from last year) for its Heisman Trophy coverage. Mark Ingram of the U. of Alabama took home college football’s top individual prize.