College Football TV Ratings

Television ratings for college football games during the 2014 season. Will be updated as the season progresses.

National ratings unavailable for games on SEC Network, CBS Sports Network, the Big Ten Network and the Pac-12 Network, as none are Nielsen-rated. Numbers from various sources, including ESPN, NBC Sports, Sports Business Daily, and Awful Announcing.

The 2013 ratings are available on the following page.

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Week 4 NCAA Football TV Ratings

Rating Viewers Time Away Net
Thursday, September 18
2.3 3.85M 7:30 PM Auburn/Kansas St. ESPN
0.0 43K 7:30 PM Ark-Pine Bluff/Alabama State ESPNU
Friday, September 19
1.0 1.36M 8:00 PM UConn/USF ESPN
Saturday, September 20
5.1 7.95M 3:30 PM Florida/Alabama CBS
4.5 7.34M 8:00 PM Clemson/FSU ABC
2.1 3.47M 7:00 PM Mississippi St./LSU ESPN
2.1 3.14M 12:00 PM Ga. Tech/Va. Tech ESPN
2.0 3.22M 7:30 PM Oklahoma/West Virginia FOX
2.0 3.18M 10:30 PM Oregon/Washington St. ESPN
1.8 2.84M 3:30 PM Utah/Michigan or Texas A&M/SMU ABC
1.0 1.82M 8:00 PM Miami/Nebraska ESPN2
1.0 1.64M 3:30 PM Virginia/BYU ESPN
0.6 884K 12:00 PM Iowa/Pittsburgh ESPNU
0.6 856K 12:00 PM Bowling Green/Wisconsin ESPN2
0.4 682K 3:30 PM North Carolina/ECU ESPNU
0.3 510K 7:00 PM N. Illinois/Arkansas ESPNU
0.3 403K 3:30 PM ABC Reverse Mirror ESPN2
0.2 242K 4:00 PM Texas State/Illinois ESPNEWS
0.1 171K 10:30 PM San Diego St./Oregon St. FS1
0.1 162K 12:00 PM W. Illinois/Northwestern ESPNEWS
0.1 119K 4:30 PM Louisville/FIU (until 7 PM) FS1
0.0 8K 4:30 PM Louisville/FIU (full game) FS2

(Week 4 numbers from Sports Business Daily, Awful Announcing [1], [2])

Week 3 NCAA Football TV Ratings

Rating Viewers Time Away Net
Thursday, September 11
0.6 1.05M 9:00 PM Houston/BYU ESPN
Friday, September 12
0.9 1.29M 8:00 PM Baylor/Buffalo ESPN
0.3 394K 7:00 PM Toledo/Cincinnati ESPNU
Saturday, September 13
4.1 6.77M 5:00 PM Georgia/South Carolina CBS
2.2 3.76M 8:00 PM Tennessee/Oklahoma ABC
2.1 3.28M 3:30 PM Arkansas/Texas Tech ABC
1.9 3.13M 7:30 PM Purdue/Notre Dame NBC
1.9 2.96M 12:00 PM Kent State/Ohio State or Boise St./UConn ABC
1.7 2.56M 12:00 PM ECU/Virginia Tech ESPN
1.6 2.65M 8:00 PM UCLA/Texas FOX
1.1 1.78M 6:00 PM Southern Miss/Alabama ESPN2
1.1 1.75M 8:00 PM USC/Boston College ESPN
1.0 1.66M 3:30 PM Iowa State/Iowa ESPN
0.7 1.05M 4:00 PM Illinois/Washington FOX
0.6 956K 9:00 PM Rice/Texas A&M ESPN2
0.4 709K 7:00 PM UL-Monroe/LSU ESPNU
0.3 466K 12:00 PM ABC reverse mirror ESPN2
0.3 432K 3:30 PM Arkansas St./Miami ESPNU
0.3 406K 10:00 PM Arizona St./Colorado ESPNU
0.2 312K 12:00 PM Indiana/Bowling Green ESPNU
0.2 283K 4:00 PM Minnesota/TCU FS1
0.2 254K 12:00 PM Syracuse/Cent. Mich. ESPNEWS
0.1 252K 12:00 PM Pittsburgh/FIU (pre-delay) FS1
0.1 185K 4:00 PM Mississippi St./So. Alabama ESPNEWS
0.0 52K 8:00 PM Navy/Texas St. ESPNEWS
0.0 34K 3:08 PM Pittsburgh/FIU (post-delay) FS2

(Week 3 numbers from Sports Business Daily, Awful Announcing [1], [2])

Week 2 NCAA Football TV Ratings

Rating Viewers Time Away Net
Thursday, September 4
0.3 425K 8:00 PM Arizona/UTSA FS1
Friday, September 5
1.2 1.87M 7:00 PM Pittsburgh/Boston College ESPN
0.8 1.22M 10:30 PM Washington St./Nevada ESPN
Saturday, September 6
4.1 6.54M 3:30 PM USC/Stanford ABC
3.5 5.98M 6:30 PM Michigan St./Oregon FOX
2.7 4.63M 7:30 PM Michigan/Notre Dame NBC
2.6 4.31M 8:00 PM Virginia Tech/Ohio State ESPN
2.1 3.19M 12:00 PM Oklahoma/Tulsa or Akron Penn State ABC
0.8 1.23M 12:00 PM Missouri/Toledo ESPN
0.7 1.13M 4:30 PM Mississippi/Vanderbilt ESPN
0.6 1.02M 7:00 PM San Jose St./Auburn ESPN2
0.5 976K 7:00 PM ECU/South Carolina ESPNU
0.5 959K 12:00 PM McNeese State/Nebraska ESPNU
0.5 910K 7:30 PM BYU/Texas FS1
0.4 686K 10:15 PM Colorado St./Boise St. ESPN2
0.4 605K 3:30 PM Ball State/Iowa ESPN2
0.4 596K 12:00 PM ABC reverse mirror ESPN2
0.4 596K 12:00 PM Kansas St./Iowa St. FS1
0.4 537K 3:30 PM Ohio/Kentucky ESPNU
0.3 447K 11:00 PM Texas Tech/UTEP FS1
0.2 304K 4:00 PM Georgia Tech/Tulane ESPNEWS
0.2 262K 10:15 PM Air Force/Wyoming ESPNU
0.2 223K 12:00 PM Cent. Michigan/Purdue ESPNEWS
0.1 260K 8:00 PM San Diego St./North Carolina ESPNEWS

(Week 2 ratings from Awful Announcing [1], [2], Sports Business Daily)

Week 1 NCAA Football TV Ratings

Rating Viewers Time Away Net
Wednesday, August 27
0.2 287K 7:00 PM Abilene Christian/Ga. State ESPNU
Thursday, August 28
1.5 2.42M 8:00 PM Boise St./Mississippi ESPN
0.3 394K 10:00 PM Rutgers/Wash. St. FS1
0.1 168K 7:00 PM Wake Forest/UL-Monroe ESPNU
Friday, August 29
0.7 1.08M 7:00 PM BYU/UConn ESPN
0.7 955K 10:30 PM UNLV/Arizona ESPN
0.4 592K 9:00 PM Colorado St./Colorado FS1
0.1 221K 9:00 PM UTSA/Houston ESPNU
Saturday, August 30
4.0 6.40M 3:30 PM West Virginia/Alabama or Cal/Northwestern ABC
3.8 6.03M 8:00 PM FSU/Oklahoma St. ABC
2.8 4.68M 9:00 PM Wisconsin/LSU ESPN
2.3 3.95M 5:30 PM Clemson/Georgia ESPN
1.9 2.92M 12:00 PM UCLA/Virginia ESPN
1.3 2.10M 3:30 PM Rice/Notre Dame NBC
0.9 1.35M 7:30 PM Fresno St./USC FOX
0.9 1.29M 8:30 AM Penn St./UCF ESPN2
0.9 1.29M 12:00 PM Appalachian State/Michigan ESPN2
0.4 532K 3:30 PM ABC Reverse Mirror ESPN2
0.2 423K 7:00 PM Idaho/Florida ESPNU
0.2 407K 12:00 PM NDSU/Iowa St. FS1
0.2 373K 3:30 PM S. Dakota St./Missouri ESPNU
0.1 278K 4:00 PM William & Mary/Va. Tech ESPNEWS
0.1 157K 12:00 PM Western Michigan/Purdue ESPNU
0.1 112K 12:00 PM Indiana State/Indiana ESPNEWS
0.0 81K 8:00 PM N.C. Central/ECU ESPNEWS
Sunday, August 31
0.5 699K 11:45 AM Alabama A&M/N.C. A&T ESPN
0.4 762K 7:30 PM SMU/Baylor FS1
Monday, September 1
2.3 3.61M 8:00 PM Miami/Louisville ESPN

(Week 1 ratings from Awful Announcing [1], [2], Sports Business Daily)

  • Ron_Revolt

    Thanks for posting these ratings – great info.

  • Jeff Adams

    Yeah, the problem was that the Week 4 slate of games was simply terrible.

  • MJ

    Do you have the data in downloadable format somewhere on your site? Looks really interesting…

    • mitch Bronston

      select, copy, and paste

      • MJ

        That wouldn’t work Mitch, since it includes the headers for each week and date, etc. I would have to spend a bit of time to get the data ready to be played around with.

        • Paulsen

          Wait a few days, I’ll try to have something put up by the end of this week (once the Army/Navy finals are out).

    • Paulsen

      I’ll see what I can do.

    • Paulsen

      Just added an Excel file of the CFB ratings.

  • CraigP

    Interesting #’s. I crunched the avg ratings for a few teams of interest (to me). BYU 0.7, Utah 0.4, Utah St. 0.44, Boise St. 0.66, Texas 1.22, Alabama 3.87, everyone else 1.08, overall avg 1.12. This was for all days of the week, all networks. Take out “the big 3″ (ABC, CBS, NBC) and the overall avg is 0.78.

  • Malcolm Kass

    Interesting how well Nebraska still does so far away from its glory days. For instance, Nebraska v Minnesota (a school that historically gets crummy ratings) is a 2.0. Sure, its not Texas or Bama, but still.

  • JCN

    Ratings are about as low as they come for Rutgers, so why did the Big Ten Conference want that school?

  • Tim

    Can you post the numbers for the nationally televised FCS playoff games as well with the bowl numbers?

  • John

    Am i correct in calculating that 890,000,000 people watched CFB last season (realizing that number is not the unique viewer count)?

    • Paulsen

      I wouldn’t say so. There’s definitely a lot of duplication there.