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Ohio State Topped 2021 Season College Football Viewership

Ohio State Topped 2021 Season College Football Viewership

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Regular Season Team Rankings after Week 13

 

Ohio State took the viewing crown for the 2021 regular season with 41% of all viewers watching at least one of their games.  Almost 10% of the minutes watched this season were for games in which the Buckeyes participated.  

 

Here are the top-30 (of 236) team rankings for the entire season.  These are the total minutes, and the total unduplicated viewers of each team’s games this season.  If a home has tuned in to watch #1 Georgia multiple times all that viewing accumulates to UGA, but that home is counted once.  The figures are presented as the percentage of total minutes and total-viewer to college football from the first kick in August through week 13.  



Most-Viewed College Football Teams - 2021 Season



 

 

 

Week 13. Ohio State at Michigan Topped Week 13 College Football Viewership

 

Twenty 28 percent of all homes that watched TV during Thanksgiving week tuned to at least one college football game.  That is 24% more viewers and 28% more viewing than the previous week.  #6 Michigan at #2 Ohio State replaced Michigan at Michigan State in week 8 to become the most-watched game this season.  

 

#3 Alabama at Auburn was second place followed on Saturday by #10 Oklahoma at #7 Oklahoma State, #18 Wisconsin at Minnesota, Penn State at #12 Michigan State.  Kansas State at Texas was played on Friday and ranked #5.  

 

The Big Ten, SEC, and the PAC-12 tied with 7 games in the top 30 this week.  The ACC had 6 and Big12 had 5.  See the top 30 games below…



Most-Viewed College Football Games on TV—Week 12

By the percent of overall college football viewership

 

 



 

 

Week 12

 

Arkansas at #2 Alabama was the most-watched game in week 12.  #7 Michigan State at #4 Ohio State ranked second, maintaining the 5th longest average time spent viewing out of 58 games despite the game being all but decided by halftime.  Oregon at Utah, Iowa State at Oklahoma, and Nebraska at Wisconsin rounded out the top 5 this week.  

 

The ACC and the SEC tied with 7 games in the top 35 this week.  The BigTen and Pac-12 had 5. 

 See the full top 30 games below…



Most-Viewed College Football Games on TV—Week 12

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Week 11

 

#1 Georgia at Tennessee was the most-watched game in week 11.  #9 Michigan at #23 Penn State edge out Purdue at #6 Ohio State for second place.  Significantly more people watched OSUs 24 point victory over Purdue, but total viewing was driven by the average viewer spent ten 10 more minutes (:58:21 vs 48:49) watching the struggle between UM and PSU which was won by just 4 points.  

 

#4 Oklahoma at #18 Baylor and #11 Texas A&M at #12 Mississippi rounded out the top 5 this week.  #7 Notre Dame at Virginia garnered more viewers than both of those two games, but the average time spent watching the game was 16 minutes shorter than either of those games (41:49 vs. 59:53, 57:15).

 

The ACC, BigTen, Big-12, and the SEC all had 6 games among the top 40 most-watched this week.  The Pac-12 had 4. 

 

See the full top 30 games below…

 

Most-Viewed College Football Games on TV—Week 11

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Week 10

 

LSU at #2 Alabama edged out #6 Ohio State at Nebraska for this week’s viewing title.  These two games were essentially tied with 23% of all the week’s college football viewers tuning in and just under 10% of all the viewing.  Last week saw a record 34% of viewers to the top game (Michigan at Michigan State).  

 

#12 Auburn at #13 Texas A&M, #3 Michigan State at Purdue, and Missouri at #1 Georgia filled out the top 5 this week.  

 

The BigTen had 7 teams among the top 35 games this week, followed by the SEC (6), Pac-12, and ACC (5 each) and the Big-12 (4) 

 See the full top 30 games below…



Most-Viewed College Football Games on TV—Week 10

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Alabama also has the most viewers so far through the 2021 college football season at 38%

 



Week 9

 

 8 ranked Michigan State hosted the No 6 Michigan in a battle of undefeated teams in the most-watched game this week. The Spartans came back from a 16 point deficit in the 3rd quarter to win 37-33 in the final minutes.  The game's viewing was the most for a college football game since the long-anticipated opening week tilt between Clemson and No 1 Georgia.  It also outdistanced game four of the World Series, with 34% of all college football viewers and 18% of all viewing college football viewed this week.  

 

#20 Penn State vs. #5 Ohio State captured 32% of the viewers for 13% of viewing and #1 Georgia vs. Florida was watched by 31% of viewers for 13% of viewing.  Colorado at Oregon and Ole Miss at Auburn rounded out the top 5.   

 

The ACC, BigTen, and Pac-12 each had 5 teams among the top 30 most-watched games this week.  The Pac-12 and SEC had 4 games in the Top-30.

 See the full top 30 below…

 

Most-Viewed College Football Games on TV—Week 9

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Week 8

 

There were no Top-10 matchups this week.  Viewing totals were on par, but viewers spent less time on individual games.  #4 Alabama hosted Tennessee in primetime with the largest average audience this week garnering 12% of this week's total viewing compared with last week's top game at 17%.  UCLA hosted #10 Oregon on ABC at edged out LSU at #12 Ole Miss on CBS for second place, each gamed posted 10% of overall viewing at 3:30 pm. #5 Ohio State at Indiana on ABC in primetime edged out #3 Oklahoma at Kansas at 12:00 pm on ESPN, each posting at 9% of viewing to round out the top 5.  

 

The ACC, BigTen, and Big-12 each had 5 teams among the top 30 most-watched games this week.  #1 ranked Georgia was idle this week and the SEC had just one game in the Top-30.  See the full top 30 below…

 

 

The ACC, BigTen, and Pac-12 each had 5 teams among the top 30 most-watched games this week.  The Pac-12 and SEC had 4 games in the Top-30

 See the full top 30 below…

 

Most-Viewed College Football Games on TV—Week 8

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Week 7

 

This week's most-watched matchup featured newly #1 ranked Georgia hosting undefeated Kentucky on CBS Saturday afternoon, garnering 17% of overall viewing. A pair of primetime games, Alabama-Mississippi State (ESPN) and TCU-Oklahoma (ABC), tied for second with 8% of this week's college football audience- just half of the first ranked game.    

 

Among the top 30 most-watched games, the SEC games claimed seven spots this week, followed by the Pac-12 (6) and BigTen (5).  BigTen teams Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State all didn't play this week.

 

See the full top 30 below…

 

Most-Viewed College Football Games on TV—Week 7

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Week 6

 

The most-watched matchup of week 6 of the college football season featured the Aggies hosting and knocking off #1 ranked Bama, with 13% of overall viewing. Close behind was Penn State at Iowa garnering almost 12% of all college football viewed this week, followed by Oklahoma at Texas at just less than 11%

 

Among the top 30 most-watched games, the Big 10 and Pac-12 conferences claim five spots each overall in week 6, followed by the SEC at 4. 

 

See the full top 30 below…

Most-Viewed College Football Games on TV—Week 6

By the percent of overall college football viewership

 

 

Week 5

 

The most-watched college football matchup of the season’s week 5 featured Ole Miss at Alabama, with just under 16% of overall viewers. Close behind was Arkansas at Georgia with about 13% of viewers, followed by and Michigan at Wisconsin at just less than 12%

Among the top 30 most-watched games, Big 10 conference games claim seven spots overall, followed by the Big 12 at 5. 

 

See the full top 30 below...

 

 

 

Methodology: Inscape totals all the viewing each game from Thursday evening through Saturday night and divides by the total minutes to all games watched.  

Factors influencing viewing activity include game time, network distribution, lead-in audience, matchups, close scores, and the number of followers of each team.