Thursday, October 1, 2020

2017 SEC College Football TV Ratings

We’re in the dog days of summer now and college football is on everyone’s mind.  The World Cup is over, baseball is at the All-Star Break and college football is still over two months away.  But SEC Media Days kick off in Atlanta this week which gives hope to thousands of fans that the season might just get here faster than expected.  With SEC Media Days getting underway, here’s a look at how all of the SEC teams fared in the all-important TV ratings race last season.

Teams will be listed in alphabetical order and games will be listed in chronological order.  Please note that games that aired on the SEC Network are not included as that particular channel is not tracked by Nielsen and numbers are therefore unavailable.  Also, please note that since all of these teams are in the SEC they play almost everybody else meaning there will be some overlap.

SEC College football tv ratings 2017

Alabama College Football
Alabama College Football

Alabama Crimson Tide

9/2/17 – Alabama vs. Florida State* – ABC – 12,335,000

9/9/17 – Alabama vs. Fresno State – ESPN2 – 2,070,000

9/16/17 – Alabama vs. Colorado State – ESPN2 – 1,613,000

9/23/17 – Alabama @ Vanderbilt – CBS – 2,993,000

9/30/17 – Alabama vs. Ole Miss – ESPN – 3,028,000

10/7/17 – Alabama @ Texas A&M – ESPN – 4,774,000

10/14/17 – Alabama vs. Arkansas – ESPN – 3,866,000

10/21/17 – Alabama vs. Tennessee – CBS – 4,446,000

11/4/17 – Alabama vs. LSU – CBS – 6,729,000

11/11/17 – Alabama @ Mississippi State – ESPN – 7,031,000

11/25/17 – Alabama @ Auburn – CBS – 13,657,000

1/1/18 – Alabama vs. Clemson* – ESPN – 21,473,000

1/8/18 – Alabama vs. Georgia* – ESPN – 28,443,000

Total Viewership: 112,458,000

Average Viewership: 8,650,615

Arkansas Razorbacks

9/9/17 – Arkansas vs. TCU – CBS – 2,345,000

9/23/17 – Arkansas vs. Texas A&M* – ESPN – 2,611,000

10/14/17 – Arkansas @ Alabama – ESPN – 3,866,000

11/11/17 – Arkansas @ LSU – ESPN – 2,032,000

11/18/17 – Arkansas vs. Mississippi State – CBS – 1,678,000

11/24/17 – Arkansas vs. Missouri – CBS – 2,502,000

Total Viewership: 15,034,000

Average Viewership: 2,505,667

Auburn Tigers

9/9/17 – Auburn @ Clemson – ESPN – 3,361,000

9/23/17 – Auburn @ Missouri – ESPNU – 503,000

9/30/17 – Auburn vs. Mississippi State – ESPN – 2,383,000

10/14/17 – Auburn @ LSU – CBS – 3,595,000

11/4/17 – Auburn @ Texas A&M – ESPN – 2,631,000

11/11/17 – Auburn vs. Georgia – CBS – 7,407,000

11/25/17 – Auburn vs. Alabama – CBS – 13,657,000

12/2/17 – Auburn vs. Georgia – CBS* – 13,466,000

1/1/18 – Auburn vs. UCF* – ESPN – 8,377,000

Total Viewership: 55,380,000

Average Viewership: 6,153,333

Florida Gators

9/2/17 – Florida vs. Michigan* – ABC – 7,650,000

9/16/17 – Florida vs. Tennessee – CBS – 5,133,000

9/30/17 – Florida vs. Vanderbilt – ESPN – 2,815,000

10/7/17 – Florida vs. LSU – CBS – 4,128,000

10/14/17 – Florida vs. Texas A&M – ESPN2 – 2,112,000

10/28/17 – Florida vs. Georgia* – CBS – 3,380,000

11/4/17 – Florida @ Missouri – ESPN2 – 793,000

11/11/17 – Florida vs. South Carolina – CBS – 2,391,000

11/25/17 – Florida vs. Florida State – ESPN – 2,056,000

Total Viewership: 30,458,000

Average Viewership: 3,384,222

Georgia Bulldogs

9/2/17 – Georgia vs. Appalachian State – ESPN – 1,718,000

9/9/17 – Georgia @ Notre Dame – NBC – 4,088,000

9/23/17 – Georgia vs. Mississippi State – ESPN – 2,798,000

9/30/17 – Georgia @ Tennessee – CBS – 3,950,000

10/7/17 – Georgia @ Vanderbilt – ESPN – 1,958,000

10/28/17 – Georgia vs. Florida* – CBS – 3,380,000

11/4/17 – Georgia vs. South Carolina – CBS – 3,482,000

11/11/17 – Georgia @ Auburn – CBS – 7,407,000

11/18/17 – Georgia vs. Kentucky – CBS – 3,397,000

11/25/17 – Georgia @ Georgia Tech – ABC – 2,764,000

12/2/17 – Georgia vs. Auburn* – CBS – 13,466,000

1/1/18 – Georgia vs. Oklahoma* – ESPN – 26,913,000

1/8/18 – Georgia vs. Alabama* – ESPN – 28,443,000

Total Viewership: 103,764,000

Average Viewership: 7,981,846

Kentucky Wildcats

11/18/17 – Kentucky @ Georgia – CBS – 3,397,000

12/29/17 – Kentucky vs. Northwestern* – ESPN – 4,601,000

Total Viewership: 7,998,000

Average Viewership: 3,999,000

LSU Tigers

9/2/17 – LSU vs. BYU* – ESPN – 1,763,000

9/16/17 – LSU @ Mississippi State – ESPN – 2,498,000

9/23/17 – LSU vs. Syracuse – ESPN2 – 1,060,000

9/30/17 – LSU vs. Troy – ESPNU – 856,000

10/7/17 – LSU @ Florida – CBS – 4,128,000

10/14/17 – LSU vs. Auburn – CBS – 3,595,000

10/21/17 – LSU @ Ole Miss – ESPN – 1,891,000

11/4/17 – LSU @ Alabama – CBS – 6,729,000

11/11/17 – LSU vs. Arkansas – ESPN – 2,032,000

11/18/17 – LSU @ Tennessee – ESPN – 2,946,000

1/1/18 – LSU vs. Notre Dame* – ABC – 8,731,000

Total Viewership: 36,229,000

Average Viewership: 3,293,546

Missouri Tigers

9/9/17 – Missouri vs. South Carolina – ESPN2 – 802,000

9/23/17 – Missouri vs. Auburn – ESPNU – 503,000

11/4/17 – Missouri vs. Florida – ESPN2 – 793,000

11/24/17 – Missouri @ Arkansas – CBS – 2,502,000

12/27/17 – Missouri vs. Texas* – ESPN – 3,425,000

Total Viewership: 8,025,000

Average Viewership: 1,605,000

Mississippi State Bulldogs

9/16/17 – Mississippi State vs. LSU – ESPN – 2,498,000

9/23/17 – Mississippi State @ Georgia – ESPN – 2,798,000

9/30/17 – Mississippi State @ Auburn – ESPN – 2,383,000

10/28/17 – Mississippi State @ Texas A&M – ESPN – 1,640,000

11/11/17 – Mississippi State vs. Alabama – ESPN – 7,031,000

11/18/17 – Mississippi State @ Arkansas – CBS – 1,678,000

11/23/17 – Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss – ESPN – 2,468,000

12/30/17 – Mississippi State vs. Louisville* – ESPN – 4,424,000

Total Viewership: 24,920,000

Average Viewership: 3,115,000

Ole Miss Rebels

9/2/17 – Ole Miss vs. South Alabama – ESPNU – 161,000

9/16/17 – Ole Miss @ Cal – ESPN – 1,195,000

9/30/17 – Ole Miss @ Alabama – ESPN – 3,028,000

10/21/17 – Ole Miss vs. LSU – ESPN – 1,891,000

11/18/17 – Ole Miss vs. Texas A&M – ESPN2 – 1,516,000

11/23/17 – Ole Miss @ Mississippi State – ESPN – 2,468,000

Total Viewership: 10,259,000

Average Viewership: 1,709,833

South Carolina Gamecocks

9/2/17 – South Carolina vs. NC State* – ESPN – 1,558,000

9/9/17 – South Carolina @ Missouri – ESPN2 – 802,000

10/14/17 – South Carolina @ Tennessee – ESPN – 2,532,000

11/4/17 – South Carolina @ Georgia – CBS – 3,482,000

11/11/17 – South Carolina vs. Florida – CBS – 2,391,000

11/25/17 – South Carolina vs. Clemson – ESPN – 4,032,000

1/1/18 – South Carolina vs. Michigan* – ESPN – 5,050,000

Total Viewership: 19,847,000

Average Viewership: 2,835,286

Tennessee Volunteers

9/4/17 – Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech* – ESPN – 5,134,000

9/16/17 – Tennessee @ Florida – CBS – 5,133,000

9/30/17 – Tennessee vs. Georgia – CBS – 3,950,000

10/14/17 – Tennessee vs. South Carolina – ESPN – 2,532,000

10/21/17 – Tennessee @ Alabama – CBS – 4,446,000

11/18/17 – Tennessee vs. LSU – ESPN – 2,946,000

Total Viewership: 24,141,000

Average Viewership: 4,023,500

Texas A&M Aggies

9/3/17 – Texas A&M @ UCLA – FOX – 3,190,000

9/23/17 – Texas A&M vs. Arkansas* – ESPN – 2,611,000

10/7/17 – Texas A&M vs. Alabama – ESPN – 4,774,000

10/14/17 – Texas A&M @ Florida – ESPN2 – 2,112,000

10/28/17 – Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State – ESPN – 1,640,000

11/4/17 – Texas A&M vs. Auburn – ESPN – 2,631,000

11/18/17 – Texas A&M @ Ole Miss – ESPN – 1,516,000

12/29/17 – Texas A&M vs. Wake Forest* – ESPN – 2,957,000

Total Viewership: 21,431,000

Average Viewership: 2,678,875

Vanderbilt Commodores

9/16/17 – Vanderbilt vs. Kansas State – ESPNU – 415,000

9/23/17 – Vanderbilt vs. Alabama – CBS – 2,993,000

9/30/17 – Vanderbilt @ Florida – ESPN – 2,815,000

10/7/17 – Vanderbilt vs. Georgia – ESPN – 1,958,000

11/4/17 – Vanderbilt vs. Western Kentucky – ESPNU – 82,000

Total Viewership: 8,263,000

Average Viewership: 1,652,600

 

*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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