NCAA college football television ratings and viewership figures in the United States in the 2018/2019 season
(in thousands)
NCAA college football TV ratings and viewership 2018
Traditional in-conference rivalry games such as Michigan vs. Ohio State and Alabama vs. LSU were among the most watched college football games of the 2018/19 season, garnering millions of viewers and generating more attention than most bowl games. Given the popularity of college football in the U.S., it is no surprise that the league’s playoff and championship games are among the most watched sporting events in the country year after year.

What is the significance of TV ratings?

TV ratings are a type of audience measurement system which determine the percentage of TV-households that tune in for a certain program. The shows or events that capture the highest share of available viewers earn the highest ratings numbers, and high ratings attract advertisement and sponsorship money, as companies battle to get air-time in front of large national audiences.

College football as an industry

Although technically not a professional sport, hundreds of millions of dollars are on the line each year in the world of college football. Tens of millions of fans attend games each year, crowding inside some of the largest stadiums in the entire world to watch their favorite teams battle for wins. Unpaid student-athletes generate massive revenues for their school, with many college football programs generating revenue numbers that would draw the envy of large companies.
NCAA college football television ratings and viewership figures in the United States in the 2018/2019 season
(in thousands)
Day, game (conference) (network)RatingViewers (in thousands)
August 25, 2018 North Carolina A&T vs. Jacksonville State (FCS) (ESPN)0.35564
August 25, 2018 Wyoming vs. New Mexico (MWC) (ESPN2)0.29464
September 1, 2018 Michigan vs. Notre Dame (B1G, IND) (NBC)47,091
September 2, 2018 Miami vs. Louisiana State (ACC, SEC) (ABC)3.86,553
September 3, 2018 Virginia Tech vs. Florida State (ACC) (ESPN)3.45,576
September 1, 2018 Washington vs. Auburn (P12, SEC) (ABC)3.25,253
September 1, 2018 Louisville vs. Alabama (ACC, SEC) (ABC)2.74,540
September 1, 2018 Oregon State vs. Ohio State (P12, B1G) (ABC)2.23,487
September 1, 2018 West Virginia vs. Tennessee (B12, SEC) (CBS)1.62,647
September 1, 2018 Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech (SEC, B12) (ESPN)1.21,929
September 1, 2018 College Gameday (ESPN)-1,867
August 30, 2018 Northwestern vs. Purdue (BIG) (ESPN)11,741
August 31, 2018 Western Kentucky vs. Wisconsin (CUSA, BIG) (ESPN)0.91,409
September 1, 2018 Florida Atlantic vs. Oklahoma (CUSA, B12) (FOX)0.91,385
September 1, 2018 Brigham Young vs. Arizona (IND, P12) (ESPN)0.751,288
September 1, 2018 Texas vs. Maryland (B12, BIG) (FS1)0.81,274
September 1, 2018 Austin Peay vs. Georgia (FCS, SEC) (ESPN)0.71,193
September 1, 2018 Cincinnati vs. California Los Angeles (AAC, P12) (ESPN)0.61,008
September 1, 2018 North Carolina vs. California (ACC, P12) (FOX)0.6930
August 31, 2018 San Diego State vs. Stanford (MWC, P12) (FS1)0.38596
August 31, 2018 Army vs. Duke (IND, ACC) (ESPNU)0.3503
August 30, 2018 Central Florida vs. Connecticut (AAC) (ESPNU)0.26444
September 2, 2018 Prairie View A&M vs. North Carolina A&T (FCS) (ESPN2)0.25362
August 30, 2018 Missouri State vs. Oklahoma State (MVC, B12) (FS1)0.2337
September 1, 2018 Central Michigan vs. Kentucky (MAC, SEC) (ESPNU)-327
September 1, 2018 Boise State vs. Troy (MWC, SUN) (ESPNEWS)-241
September 1, 2018 James Madison vs. NC State (FCS, ACC)-240
September 1, 2018 Texas San Antonia vs. Arizona State (CUSA, P12) (FS1)-234
September 1, 2018 Stephen F. Austin vs. Mississippi State (FCS, SEC) (ESPNU)-175
September 8, 2018 Clemson vs. Texas A&M (ACC, SEC) (ESPN)2.64,486
September 8, 2018 Georgia vs. South Carolina (SEC) (CBS)2.33,747
September 8, 2018 Colorado vs. Nebraska (P12, B1G) (ABC)2.13,394
September 8, 2018 Penn State vs. Pittsburgh (B1G, ACC) (ABC)23,286
September 8, 2018 California Los Angeles vs. Oklahoma (P12, B12) (FOX)1.82,896
September 8, 2018 Arizona vs. Houston (P12, AAC) (ABC)1.72,539
September 8, 2018 Ball State vs. Notre Dame (MAC, IND) (NBC)1.62,453
September 8, 2018 Michigan State vs. Arizona State (B1G, P12) (ESPN)1.52,297
September 8, 2018 Southern California vs. Stanford (P12) (FOX)1.42,290
September 8, 2018 Iowa State vs. Iowa (B12, BIG) (FOX)1.22,017
September 8, 2018 Mississippi State vs. Kansas State (SEC, B12) (ESPN)1.11,800
September 8, 2018 College Gameday (ESPN)-1,667
September 8, 2018 Arkasas State vs. Alabama (SUN, SEC) (ESPN2)11,663
September 7, 2018 Texas Christian vs. Southern Methodist (B12, AAC) (ESPN2)0.71,076
September 8, 2018 Western Michigan vs. Michigan (MAC, B1G) (FS1)0.6914
September 8, 2018 Southeastern Louisiana vs. Louisiana State (FCS, SEC) (ESPN2)0.5858
September 8, 2018 California vs. Brigham Young (P12, IND) (ESPN2)0.34586
September 8, 2018 Fresno State vs. Minnesota (MWC, B1G) (FS1)0.23395
September 8, 2018 North Carolina vs. East Carolina (ACC, AAC) (ESPNU)-284
September 8, 2018 Wyoming vs. Missouri (MWC, SEC) (ESPNU)-243
September 8, 2018 Connecticut vs. Boise State (AAC, MWC) (ESPNU)-233
September 15, 2018 Ohio State vs. Texas Christian (B1G, B12) (ABC)4.27,328
September 15, 2018 Louisiana State vs. Auburn (SEC) (CBS)3.55,936
September 15, 2018 Alabama vs. Ole Miss (SEC) (ESPN)2.34,109
September 15, 2018 Oklahoma vs. Iowa State (B12) (ABC)2.23,434
September 15, 2018 Southern California vs. Texas (P12, B12) (FOX)1.82,950
September 15, 2018 Brigham Young vs. Wisconsin (IND, B1G) (ABC)1.92,972
September 15, 2018 Vanderbilt vs. Notre Dame (SEC, IND) (NBC)1.42,108
September 15, 2018 Florida State vs. Syracuse (ACC) (ESPN)1.21,869
September 15, 2018 Washington vs. Utah (P12) (ESPN)11,589
September 15, 2018 College Gameday (ESPN)-1,559
September 15, 2018 Boise State vs. Oklahoma State (MWC, B12) (ESPN)0.851,438
September 15, 2018 Houston vs. Texas Tech (AAC, B12) (FOX)0.71,079
September 15, 2018 Kent State vs. Penn State (MAC, B1G) (FS1)0.43893
September 13, 2018 Boston College vs. Wake Forest (ACC) (ESPN)0.6863
September 14, 2018 Georgia State vs. Memphis (SUN, AAC) (ESPN)0.51790
September 15, 2018 Geogia Southern vs. Clemson (SUN, ACC) (ESPNU)-554
September 15, 2018 Miami vs. Toledo (ACC, MAC) (ESPN2)0.28461
September 15, 2018 Middle Tennesse vs. Georgia (CUSA, SEC) (ESPNEWS)-440
September 15, 2018 Fresno State vs. California Los Angeles (MWC, P12) (FS1)0.18301
September 15, 2018 Duke vs. Baylor (ACC, B12) (FS1)-291
September 22, 2018 Texas A&M vs. Alabama (SEC) (CBS)3.45,650
September 22, 2018 Stanford vs. Oregon (P12) (ABC)2.54,165
September 22, 2018 Georgia vs. Missouri (SEC) (ESPN)23,328
September 22, 2018 Wisconsin vs. Iowa (B1G) (FOX)23,313
September 22, 2018 Texas Christian vs. Texas (B12) (FOX)1.72,887
September 22, 2018 Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest (IND, ACC) (ABC)1.72,439
September 22, 2018 Florida vs. Tennesse (SEC) (ESPN)1.22,108
September 22, 2018 Arizona State vs. Washington (P12) (ESPN)1.11,834
September 22, 2018 Clemson vs. Georgia Tech. (ACC) (ABC)1.21,808
September 22, 2018 College Gameday (ESPN)-1,724
September 21, 2018 Washington State vs. Southern California (P12) (ESPN)1.11,644
September 22, 2018 Nebraska vs. Michigan (B1G) (FS1)0.91,449
September 21, 2018 Florida Atlantic vs. Central Florida (CUSA, AAC) (ESPN)0.851,295
September 22, 2018 Kansas State vs. West Virginia (B12) (FS1)0.81,241
September 22, 2018 Mississippi State vs. Kentucky (SEC) (ESPN2)0.71,219
September 21, 2018 Penn State vs. Illinois (B1G) (FS1)0.71,170
September 22, 2018 Texas Tech vs Oklahoma State (B12) (FS1)0.51868
September 20, 2018 Tulsa vs. Temple (AAC) (ESPN)0.48728
September 22, 2018 Louisiana Tech vs. Louisiana State (CUSA, SEC) (ESPNU)-616
September 22, 2018 Boston College vs. Purdue (ACC, B1G) (ESPN2)0.3424
September 22, 2018 Kansas vs. Baylor (B12) (FS1)0.27414
September 22, 2018 Florida International vs. Miami (CUSA, ACC) (ESPN2)0.22345
September 22, 2018 Northern Illinois vs. Flordia State (MAC, ACC) (ESPNU)-312
September 22, 2018 Air Force vs. Utah State (MWC) (ESPN2)-277
September 22, 2018 Ohio vs. Cincinnati (MAC, AAC) (ESPNU)-211
September 29, 2018 Ohio State vs. Penn State (B1G) (ABC)5.39,279
September 29, 2018 Syracuse vs. Clemson (ACC) (ABC)34,617
September 29, 2018 Tennesse vs. Georgia (SEC) (CBS)2.33,640
September 29, 2018 Michigan vs. Northwestern (B1G) (FOX)2.33,618
September 29, 2018 Stanford vs. Notre Dame (P12, IND) (NBC)2.13,443
September 29, 2018 Baylor vs. Oklahoma (B12) (ABC)1.82,767
September 29, 2018 Ole Miss vs. Louisiana State (SEC) (ESPN)1.12,023
September 29, 2018 Florida vs. Mississippi State (SEC) (ESPN)1.11,903
September 29, 2018 Arkansas vs. Texas A&M (SEC) (ESPN)11,596
September 29, 2018 College Gameday (ESPN)-1,577
September 29, 2018 Brigham Young vs. Washington (IND, P12) (FOX)0.81,286
September 29, 2018 West Virginia vs. Texas Tech (B12) (ESPN2)0.71,147
September 29, 2018 Florida State vs. Louisville (ACC) (ESPN2)0.71,057
September 27, 2018 North Carolina vs. Miami (ACC) (ESPN)0.61,007
September 29, 2018 Texas vs. Kansas State (B12) (FS1)0.6974
September 28, 2018 California Los Angeles vs. Colorado (P12) (FS1)0.52840
September 29, 2018 Southern California vs. Arizona (P12) (ESPN2)0.46756
September 29, 2018 Oregon vs. California (P12) (FS1)0.44750
September 28, 2018 Memphis vs. Tulane (AAC) (ESPN2)0.48738
September 29, 2018 Virginia Tech vs. Duke (ACC) (ESPN2)0.41723
September 29, 2018 Central Michigan vs Michigan State (MAC, B1G) (FS1)0.28425
September 29, 2018 Iowa State vs. Texas Christian (B1G) (ESPNU)-366
September 29, 2018 Pittsburgh vs. Central Florida (ACC, AAC) (ESPNU)-246
October 6, 2018 Texas vs. Oklahoma (B12) (FOX)3.55,608
October 6, 2018 Louisiana State vs. Florida (SEC) (CBS)2.94,703
October 6, 2018 Notre Dame vs. Virginia Tech (IND, ACC) (ABC)2.74,473
October 6, 2018 Indiana vs. Ohio State (B1G) (FOX)2.453,988
October 6, 2018 Florida State vs. Miami (ACC) (ABC)1.82,810
October 6, 2018 Kentucky vs. Texas A&M (SEC) (ESPN)1.42,547
October 6, 2018 Alabama vs. Arkansas (SEC) (ESPN)1.52,495
October 6, 2018 Maryland vs. Michigan (B1G) (ABC)1.52,329
October 6, 2018 Washington vs. California Los Angeles (P12) (FOX)1.32,027
October 6, 2018 College Gameday (ESPN)-1,775
October 6, 2018 Auburn vs. Mississippi State0.81,528
October 6, 2018 Utah vs. Stanford (P12) (ESPN)0.91,415
October 5, 2018 Georgia Tech vs. Louisville (ACC) (ESPN)0.6996
October 6, 2018 Clemson vs. Wake Forest (ACC) (ESPN)0.6966
October 6, 2018 Kansas vs. West Virginia (B12) (ESPN2)0.45731
October 6, 2018 Iowa State vs. Oklahoma State (B12) (EPN2)0.44726
October 6, 2018 Northwestern vs. Michigan State (B1G) (FS1)0.4620
October 5, 2018 Utah State vs. Brigham Young (B1G) (ESPN2)0.36617
October 4, 2018 Tulsa vs. Houston (AAC) (ESPN)0.38562
October 6, 2018 California vs. Arizona (P12) (FS1)0.22406
October 6, 2018 Kansas State vs. Baylor (B12) (FS1)0.2317
October 6, 2018 San Diego State vs. Boise State (MWC) (ESPNU)-269
October 13, 2018 Wisconsin vs. Michigan (B1G) (ABC)3.56,103
October 13, 2018 Georgia vs. Louisiana State (SEC) (CBS)3.35,539
October 13, 2018 Missouri vs. Alabama (SEC) (ESPN)2.053,758
October 13, 2018 Washington vs. Oregon (P12) (ABC)1.92,990
October 13, 2018 Pittsburgh vs. Notre Dame (ACC, IND) (NBC)1.82,849
October 13, 2018 Florida vs. Vanderbilt (SEC) (ESPN)1.52,497
October 13, 2018 Nebraska vs. Northwestern (B1G) (ABC)1.72,450
October 13, 2018 Minnesota vs. Ohio State (B1G) (FS1)1.52,405
October 13, 2018 Baylor vs. Texas (B12) (ESPN)11,783
October 13, 2018 College Gameday (ESPN)-1,669
October 13, 2018 West Virginia vs. Iowa State (B12) (FS1)0.751,323
October 11, 2018 Texas Tech vs. Texas Christian (B12) (ESPN)0.81,233
October 13, 2018 Colorado vs. Sourthern California (P12) (FS1)0.71,184
October 12, 2018 South Florida vs. Tulsa (AAC) (ESPN)0.71,170
October 12, 2018 Arizona vs. Utah (P12) (ESPN)0.61,011
October 13, 2018 Miami vs. Virginia (ACC) (ESPN2)0.53870
October 13, 2018 Iowa vs. Indiana (B1G) (ESPN2)0.45740
October 13, 2018 Hawaii vs. Brigham Young (MWC, IND) (ESPN2)0.38646
October 13, 2018 Purdue vs. Illinois (B1G) (FS1)0.33501
October 13, 2018 Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State (B12) (ESPNU)-422
October 13, 2018 Viginia Tech vs. North Carolina (ACC) (ESPNU)-389
October 13, 2018 Wyoming vs. Fresno State (MWC) (ESPNU)-128
October 20, 2018 Ohio State vs. Purdue (B1G) (ABC)3.86,368
October 20, 2018 Michigan vs. Michigan State (B1G) (FOX)3.45,416
October 20, 2018 Alabama vs. Tennesse (SEC) (CBS)2.64,305
October 20, 2018 Colorado vs. Washington (P12) (FOX)23,173
October 20, 2018 Penn State vs. Indiana (B1G) (ABC)23,133
October 20, 2018 Mississippi State vs. Louisiana State (SEC) (ESPN)1.93,106
October 20, 2018 Oregon vs. Washington State (P12) (FOX)1.62,591
October 20, 2018 Oklahoma vs. Texas Christian (B12) (ABC)1.72,488
October 20, 2018 Auburn vs. Ole Miss (SEC) (ESPN)1.32,211
October 20, 2018 North Carolina State vs. Clemson (ACC) (ESPN)1.11,806
October 20, 2018 College Gameday (ESPN)-1,801
October 18, 2018 Stanford vs. Arizona State (P12) (ESPN)0.52808
October 20, 2018 Illinois vs. Wisconsin (B1G) (FS1)0.47783
October 20, 2018 Maryland vs. Iowa (B1G) (ESPN2)0.43701
October 20, 2018 Arizona vs. California Los Angeles (P12) (ESPN)0.39614
October 20, 2018 Wake Forest vs. Florida State (ACC) (ESPN2)0.34576
October 20, 2018 Central Florida vs. East Carolina (AAC) (ESPN2)0.27486
October 20, 2018 Kansas vs. Texas Tech (B12) (FS1)0.3472
October 19, 2018 Colorado State vs. Boise State (MWC) (ESPN2)-420
October 27, 2018 Georgia vs. Florida (SEC) (CBS)3.96,347
October 27, 2018 Texas vs. Oklahoma State (B12) (ABC)2.13,547
October 27, 2018 Iowa vs. Penn State (B1G) (ESPN)23,267
October 27, 2018 Clemson vs. Florida State (ACC) (ABC)23,163
October 27, 2018 Notre Dame vs. Navy (IND, AAC) (CBS)1.52,447
October 27, 2018 Purdue vs. Michigan State (B1G) (ESPN)1.52,378
October 27, 2018 Wisconsin vs. Northwestern (B1G) (FOX)1.52,241
October 27, 2018 Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State (SEC) (ESPN)1.32,178
October 27, 2018 South Florida vs. Houston (AAC) (P12)1.42,035
October 27, 2018 Kansas State vs. Oklahoma (B12) (FOX)1.31,989
October 27, 2018 College Gameday (ESPN)-1,767
October 26, 2018 Miami vs. Boston College (ACC) (ESPN)0.81,360
October 27, 2018 Oregon vs. Arizona (P12) (ESPN)0.71,186
October 25, 2018 Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Tech (ACC) (ESPN)0.6968
October 27, 2018 Texas Tech vs. Iowa State (B12) (ESPN2)0.55885
October 26, 2018 Utah vs. California Los Angeles (P12) (ESPN)0.47701
October 27, 2018 North Carolina State vs. Syracuse (ACC) (ESPN2)0.39680
October 25, 2018 Baylor vs. West Virginia (B12) (FS1)0.35577
October 27, 2018 Washington vs. California (P12) (FS1)0.35563
October 26, 2018 Indiana vs. Minnesota (B1G) (FS1)-335
October 27, 2018 Texas Christian vs. Kansas (B12) (FS1)0.19325
October 27, 2018 Hawaii vs. Fresno State (MWC) (ESPN2)-197
October 25, 2018 Appalachian State vs. Georgia Southern (SUN) (ESPNU)-105
November 3, 2018 Alabama vs. Louisiana State (SEC) (CBS)6.611,543
November 3, 2018 Nebraska vs. Ohio State (B1G) (FOX)3.15,006
November 3, 2018 West Virginia vs. Texas (B12) (FOX)2.74,431
November 3, 2018 Georgia vs. Kentucky (SEC) (CBS)2.64,392
November 3, 2018 Penn State vs. Michigan (B1G) (ESPN)2.54,252
November 3, 2018 Notre Dame vs. Northwestern (IND, B1G) (ESPN)1.93,293
November 3, 2018 Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech (B12) (ABC)1.93,135
November 3, 2018 Texas A&M vs. Auburn (SEC) (ESPN)1.62,622
November 3, 2018 California Los Angeles vs. Oregon (P12) (FOX)1.21,947
November 3, 2018 College Gameday (ESPN)-1,923
November 3, 2018 Louisville vs. Clemson (ACC) (ABC)1.11,550
November 3, 2018 California vs. Washington State (P12) (ESPN)0.91,495
November 2, 2018 Pittsburgh vs. Virginia (ACC) (ESPN2)0.91,359
November 3, 2018 Florida State vs. North Carolina State (ACC) (ABC)0.91,347
November 1, 2018 Temple vs. Central Florida (AAC) (ESPN)0.81,191
November 3, 2018 Iowa vs. Purdue (B1G) (ESPN2)0.61,092
October 30, 2018 CFP Rankings Release (ESPN)-927
November 3, 2018 Michigan State vs. Maryland (B1G) (ESPN2)0.5762
November 3, 2018 Duke vs. Miami (ACC) (ESPN2)0.36620
November 3, 2018 Oklahoma State vs. Baylor (B12) (FS1)0.31487
October 30, 2018 Miami (Ohio) vs. Buffalo (MAC) (ESPN2)0.34482
November 3, 2018 Kansas State vs. Texas Christian (B12) (FS1)0.24477
November 2, 2018 Colorado vs. Arizona (P12) (FS1)-474
November 3, 2018 Brigham Young vs. Boise State (IND, MWC) (ESPN2)0.28470
November 3, 2018 Southern California vs. Oregon State (P12) (FS1)0.26418
November 10, 2018 Mississippi State vs. Alabama (SEC) (CBS)3.35,419
November 10, 2018 Ohio State vs. Michigan State (B1G) (FOX)3.35,191
November 10, 2018 Auburn vs. Georgia (SEC) (ESPN)2.23,987
November 10, 2018 Oklahoma State vs. Oklahoma (B12) (ABC)2.43,992
November 10, 2018 Clemson vs. Boston College (ACC) (ABC)2.43,930
November 10, 2018 Florida State vs. Notre Dame (ACC, IND) (NBC)1.93,173
November 6, 2018 CFP Rankings Show1.72,892
November 10, 2018 Texas vs. Texas Tech (B12) (FOX)1.62,679
November 10, 2018 Northwestern vs. Iowa (B1G) (FOX)1.62,636
November 10, 2018 Wisconsin vs. Penn State (B1G) (ABC)1.52,270
November 10, 2018 Ole Miss vs. Texas A&M (SEC) (CBS)1.42,138
November 10, 2018 South Carolina vs. Florida (SEC) (ESPN)1.32,068
November 10, 2018 College Gameday (ESPN)-1,799
November 10, 2018 California vs. Southern California (P12) (ESPN)11,587
November 10, 2018 Washington State vs Colorado (P12) (ESPN)0.81,299
November 9, 2018 Louisville vs Syracuse (ACC) (ESPN2)0.651,062
November 9, 2018 Fresno State vs. Boise State (MWC) (ESPN2)0.51819
November 8, 2018 Wake Forest vs. North Carolina State (ACC) (ESPN)0.5744
November 10, 2018 Texas Christian vs. West Virginia (B12) (FS1)0.39728
November 10, 2018 Miami vs. Georgia Tech (ACC) (ESPN2)0.29551
November 10, 2018 Purdue vs. Minnesota (B1G) (ESPN2)0.3534
November 7, 2018 Toledo vs. Northern Illinois (MAC) (ESPN2)0.28500
November 10, 2018 Nevada Los Vegas vs. San Diego State (MWC) (ESPN2)-415
November 10, 2018 Navy vs. Central Florida (AAC) (ESPN2)0.21385
November 10, 2018 Baylor vs. Iowa State (B12) (FS1)0.24363
November 10, 2018 Virginia Tech vs. Pittsburgh (ACC) (ESPNU)-344
November 7, 2018 Ohio vs. Miami (Ohio) (MAC) (ESPNU)-213
November 17, 2018 Ohio State vs. Maryland (B1G) (ABC)3.53,568
November 17, 2018 West Virginia vs. Oklahoma State (B12) (ABC)2.43,948
November 17, 2018 Cincinnati vs. Central Florida (AAC) (ABC)1.93,124
November 17, 2018 Syracuse vs. Notre Dame (ACC, IND) (NBC)1.82,873
November 17, 2018 Kansas vs. Oklahoma (B12) (FOX)1.82,762
November 17, 2018 Michigan State vs. Nebraska (B1G) (FOX)1.62,515
November 17, 2018 Duke vs. Clemson (ACC) (ESPN)1.42,452
November 17, 2018 Indiana vs. Michigan (B1G) (FS1)1.42,273
November 17, 2018 Missouri vs. Tennesse (SEC) (CBS)1.32,025
November 17, 2018 Southern California vs. California Los Angeles (P12) (FOX)1.31,983
November 17, 2018 College Gameday (ESPN)-1,817
November 17, 2018 Arizona vs. Washington State (P12) (ESPN)11,568
November 17, 2018 Auburn vs. Mississippi State (SEC) (ESPN)0.71,036
November 13, 2018 CFP Rankings Show (ESPN)-819
November 17, 2018 Miami vs. Virginia Tech (ACC) (ESPN)0.47733
November 17, 2018 Alabama Birmingham vs. Texas A&M (CUSA, SEC) (ESPN2)0.42722
November 17, 2018 Boston College vs. Florida State (ACC) (ESPN2)0.44716
November 16, 2018 Memphis vs. Southern Methodist (AAC) (ESPN2)0.37623
November 17, 2018 Rice vs. Louisiana State (CUSA, SEC) (ESPNU)-445
November 14, 2018 Buffalo vs. Ohio (MAC) (ESPN2)-406
November 17, 2018 Texas Christian vs. Baylor (B12) (FS1)0.23405
November 15, 2018 Tulane vs. Houston (AAC) (ESPn)-378
November 13, 2018 Western Michigan vs. Ball State (MAC) (ESPN2)-356
November 17, 2018 New Mexico State vs. Brigham Young (IND) (ESPN2)-295
November 17, 2018 Idaho vs. Florida (FCS, SEC) (ESPNU)-282
November 17, 2018 Yale vs. Harvard (FCS) (ESPN2)-272
November 24, 2018 Michigan vs. Ohio State (B1G) (FOX)7.513,345
November 24, 2018 Auburn vs. Alabama (SEC) (CBS)5.19,132
November 24, 2018 Notre Dame vs. Southern California (IND, P12) (ABC)4.47,809
November 23, 2018 Oklahoma vs. West Virginia (B12) (ESPN)35,630
November 23, 2018 Washington vs. Washington State (P12) (FOX)2.34,109
November 23, 2018 Nebraska vs. Iowa (B1G) (FOX)2.13,664
November 23, 2018 Virginia vs. Virginia Tech (ACC) (ABC)-3,553
November 24, 2018 South Carolina vs. Clemson (SEC, ACC) (ESPN)1.83,261
November 24, 2018 Rutgers vs. Michigan State (B1G) (FOX)1.83,038
November 24, 2018 Florida vs. Florida State (SEC, ACC) (ABC)1.52,380
November 24, 2018 College Gameday (ESPN)-2,295
November 24, 2018 Maryland vs. Penn State (B1G) (ABC)1.32,176
November 23, 2018 Arkansas vs. Missouri (SEC) (CBS)-1,919
November 23, 2018 Central Florida vs. South Florida (AAC) (ESPN)-1,741
November 24, 2018 Oklahoma State vs. Texas Christian (B12) (FOX)11,615
November 23, 2018 Texas vs. Kansas (B12) (FS1)-1,185
November 22, 2018 Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss0.571,108
November 24, 2018 Utah State vs. Boise State (MWC) (ESPN)0.651,078
November 24, 2018 Minnesota vs. Wisconsin (B1G) (ESPN2)0.651,031
November 23, 2018 Oregon vs. Oregon State (P12) (FS1)-945
November 24, 2018 Pittsburgh vs. Miami (ACC) (ESPN)0.5919
November 24, 2018 Kentucky vs. Louisville (SEC, ACC) (ESPN2)0.45844
November 24, 2018 Kansas State vs. Iowa State (B12) (FS1)0.49821
November 24, 2018 Arizona State vs. Arizona (P12) (FS1)0.41798
November 24, 2018 Syracuse vs. Boston College (ACC) (ESPN)0.46765
November 24, 2018 Brigham Young vs. Utah (IND, P12) (FS1)0.32626
November 24, 2018 Purdue vs. Indiana (B1G) (ESPN2)0.25368
November 24, 2018 Baylor vs. Texas Tech (B12) (FS1)0.21333
December 1, 2018 Alabama vs. Georgia (SEC Champ.) (CBS)10.117,499
December 1, 2018 Oklahoma vs. Texas (B12 Champ.) (ABC)6.210,299
December 1, 2018 Ohio State vs. Northwestern (B1G Champ.) (FOX)58,659
December 1, 2018 Clemson vs. Pittsburgh (ACC Champ.) (ABC)2.54,236
November 30, 2018 Washington vs Utah (P12 Champ.) (FOX)2.64,059
December 1, 2018 Central Florida vs. Memphis (AAC Champ.) (ABC)2.13,321
December 1, 2018 College Gameday (ESPN)-1,796
December 2, 2018 CFP Selection Show (ESPN)-1,400
December 1, 2018 Fresno State vs. Boise State (MWC Champ.) (ESPN)0.61,036
December 1, 2018 Louisville vs, Appalachian State (SUN Champ.) (ESPN)0.6898
November 30, 2018 Northern Illinois vs. Buffalo (MAC Champ.) (ESPN2)0.38587
December 8, 2018 Army vs. Navy (IND, AAC) (CBS)58,050
December 8, 2018 Heisman Presentation (ESPN)1.82,928
December 8, 2018 Colgate vs. North Dakota State (FCS) (ESPN)1.11,806
December 8, 2018 College Gameday (ESPN)-985
December 7, 2018 Maine vs. Weber State (FCS) (ESPN2)0.36566
January 7, 2019 Clemson vs. Alabama (CFPNC) (ESPN Megacast)13.825,280
December 29, 2018 Alabama vs. Oklahoma (Orange) (ESPN/ESPN2)9.919,069
December 29, 2018 Clemson vs. Notre Dame (Cotton) (ESPN/ESPN2)9.416,809
January 1, 2019 Ohio State vs. Washington (Rose) (ESPN/ESPN2)8.916,781
January 1, 2019 Texas vs. Georgia (Sugar) (ESPN/ESPN2)7.313,298
January 1, 2019 Louisiana State vs. Central Florida (Fiesta) (ESPN)4.78,471
December 29, 2018 Florida vs. Michigan (Peach) (ESPN)58,366
January 1, 2019 Kentucky vs. Penn State (Citrus) (ABC)4.47,709
December 28, 2018 Washington State vs. Iowa State (Alamo) (ESPN)3.25,547
December 31, 2018 Texas A&M vs. North Carolina State (Gator) (ESPN)2.75,142
December 28, 2018 West Virginia vs. Syracuse (Orlando) (ESPN)2.84,828
December 31, 2018 Oklahoma State vs. Missouri (Liberty) (ESPN)2.33,830
December 27, 2018 Wisconsin vs. Miami (Pinstripe) (ESPN)2.33,794
December 31, 2018 Oregon vs. Michigan State (SanFrancisco) (FOX)2.33,785
December 27, 2018 Baylor vs. Vanderbilt (Texas) (ESPN)23,343
December 15, 2018 Fresno State vs. Arizona State (Las Vegas) (ABC)2.253,334
January 1, 2019 Iowa vs. Mississippi State (Outback) (ESPN2)1.83,256
December 26, 2018 Texas Christian vs Cal (Cactus) (ESPN)1.62,700
December 26, 2018 Minnesota vs Georgia Tech (Detriot) (ESPN)1.62,686
December 31, 2018 Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech (Military) (ESPN)1.72,663
December 31, 2018 Stanford vs. Pittsburgh (Sun) (CBS)1.82,617
December 22, 2018 Army vs. Houston (Armed Forces) (ESPN)1.62,577
December 28, 2018 Purdue vs. Auburn (Music City) (ESPN)1.62,573
December 29, 2018 South Carolina vs. Virginia (Belk) (ABC)1.652,550
December 22, 2018 Wake Forest vs. Memphis (Birmingham) (ESPN)1.62,533
December 15, 2018 North Carolina A&T vs. Alcorn State (Celebration) (ABC)1.62,345
December 27, 2018 Duke vs. Temple (Independence) (ESPN)1.21,801
December 31, 2018 Northwestern vs Utah (Holiday) (FS1)0.91,787
December 20, 2018 Marshall vs. South Florida (Gasparilla) (ESPN)1.11,750
December 22, 2018 Troy vs. Buffalo (Mobile) (ESPN)11,698
December 19, 2018 Ohio vs. San Diego State (Frisco) (ESPN)0.91,447
December 26, 2019 Boston College vs. Boise State (Dallas) (ESPN)0.91,445
December 21, 2018 Brigham Young vs. Western Michigan (Idaho) (ESPN)0.91,372
December 15, 2018 Middle Tennesse State vs Appalachian State (New Orleans) (ESPN)0.81,371
December 18, 2018 Alabama Birmingham vs. Northern Illinois (Boca Raton) (ESPN)0.81,346
December 22, 2018 Louisiana Tech vs. Hawaii (Hawaii) (ESPN)0.751,159
January 5, 2019 North Dakota State vs Eastern Washington (FCS Champ.) (ESPN2)0.61,004
December 15, 2018 Georgia Southern vs. Eastern Michigan (Camellia) (ESPN)0.6986
December 15, 2018 Utah State vs. North Texas (New Mexico) (ESPN)0.7968
December 21, 2018 Florida International vs. Toledo (Bahamas) (ESPN)0.56838
December 14, 2018 South Dakota State vs. North Dakota State (FCS Semis) (ESON2)0.51846
December 15, 2018 Maine vs. Eastern Washington (FCS Semis) (ESPN2)0.28448
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Release date

January 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

August 25, 2018 to January 7, 2019

NCAA college football TV ratings and viewership 2018
Traditional in-conference rivalry games such as Michigan vs. Ohio State and Alabama vs. LSU were among the most watched college football games of the 2018/19 season, garnering millions of viewers and generating more attention than most bowl games. Given the popularity of college football in the U.S., it is no surprise that the league’s playoff and championship games are among the most watched sporting events in the country year after year.

What is the significance of TV ratings?

TV ratings are a type of audience measurement system which determine the percentage of TV-households that tune in for a certain program. The shows or events that capture the highest share of available viewers earn the highest ratings numbers, and high ratings attract advertisement and sponsorship money, as companies battle to get air-time in front of large national audiences.

College football as an industry

Although technically not a professional sport, hundreds of millions of dollars are on the line each year in the world of college football. Tens of millions of fans attend games each year, crowding inside some of the largest stadiums in the entire world to watch their favorite teams battle for wins. Unpaid student-athletes generate massive revenues for their school, with many college football programs generating revenue numbers that would draw the envy of large companies.
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