Saturday, May 18, 2024

15 Most Watched College Football Games of 2017

As we get close and closer to the beginning of the college football season the litany of preseason watch-lists, team previews and so on grows ever longer.  But those should come later.  Right now with SEC Media Days in full swing, the topic here at Lazy Fan is TV ratings.  So far we’ve taken a look at the TV ratings for every SEC team, as well as the 15 least watched games of 2017.  It’s only natural that after covering the least watched games that we give you the most watched games.  So without further ado, here are the 15 most watched college football games of 2017.  Games will be ranked from lowest number of viewers to highest number of viewers.  Please note that games that aired on the SEC Network, the B1G Network, the Pac-12 Network, ESPNNEWS, or CBSSN are not included as they are not tracked by Nielsen and numbers are therefore unavailable.

 

Just Missed the Cut

Michigan @ Penn State – ABC – 6,954,000 viewers

Alabama @ Mississippi State – ESPN – 7,031,000 viewers

Georgia @ Auburn – CBS – 7,407,000 viewers

Michigan vs. Florida* – ABC – 7,650,000 viewers

Oklahoma @ Ohio State – ABC – 8,081,000 viewers

 

Now on to the actual countdown


Most watched College football games of 2017

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15 – Auburn vs. UCF*

1/1/18

ESPN

8,377,000 viewers

 

14 – Army vs. Navy*

12/9/17

CBS

8,419,000 viewers

 

13 – Notre Dame vs. LSU*

1/1/18

ABC

8,731,000 viewers

 

12 – Ohio State vs. USC*

12/29/17

ESPN

9,468,000 viewers

 

11 – Penn State @ Ohio State

10/28/17

FOX

9,868,000 viewers

 

10 – Penn State vs. Washington*

12/30/17

ESPN

10,167,000 viewers

 

9 – Ohio State @ Michigan

11/25/17

FOX

10,507,000 viewers

 

8 – Wisconsin @ Miami (FL)

12/30/17

ESPN

11,727,000 viewers

 

7 – Alabama vs. Florida State*

9/2/17

ABC

12,335,000 viewers

 

6 – Ohio State vs. Wisconsin*

12/2/17

FOX

12,918,000 viewers

 

5 – Georgia vs. Auburn*

12/2/17

CBS

13,466,000 viewers

 

4 – Alabama @ Auburn

11/25/17

CBS

13,657,000 viewers

 

3 – Alabama vs. Clemson*

1/1/18

ESPN

21,473,000 viewers

 

2 – Oklahoma vs. Georgia*

1/1/18

ESPN

26,913,000 viewers

 

1 – Alabama vs. Georgia*

1/8/18

ESPN

28,443,000 viewers

 

*denotes game played at neutral site

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