Tuesday, September 29, 2020

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*



8,377,000 viewers


14 – Army vs. Navy*



8,419,000 viewers


13 – Notre Dame vs. LSU*



8,731,000 viewers


12 – Ohio State vs. USC*



9,468,000 viewers


11 – Penn State @ Ohio State



9,868,000 viewers


10 – Penn State vs. Washington*



10,167,000 viewers


9 – Ohio State @ Michigan



10,507,000 viewers


8 – Wisconsin @ Miami (FL)



11,727,000 viewers


7 – Alabama vs. Florida State*



12,335,000 viewers


6 – Ohio State vs. Wisconsin*



12,918,000 viewers


5 – Georgia vs. Auburn*



13,466,000 viewers


4 – Alabama @ Auburn



13,657,000 viewers


3 – Alabama vs. Clemson*



21,473,000 viewers


2 – Oklahoma vs. Georgia*



26,913,000 viewers


1 – Alabama vs. Georgia*



28,443,000 viewers


*denotes game played at neutral site

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Lawrence Dockery
I've been a sports fan for as long as I can remember so covering sports seemed like a no-brainer. I've written for a variety of sites and still put out content for World Soccer Talk and Soccer Referee USA. I did commentary for CBHS sports in Memphis, TN my senior year of high school (August 2011-May 2012) and did two years of color commentary for Lafayette High School Football (2014 & 2015) in Oxford, MS. I also spent two years as the host of the Hotty Toddy Hotline (August 2016-May 2018). I've also been a soccer referee since October of 2006 and am currently a Grade 8. Find me on Twitter @ldock93.

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