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FOX SPORTS SUPER SATURDAY RECORDS HUGE VIEWERSHIP NUMBERS FOR BIG TEN AND BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIPS
With Nearly 13 Million Viewers, No. 8 Ohio State's Win Over No. 4 Wisconsin
is FOX's Top College Football Game Since 2013
No. 3 Oklahoma's Victory Over No. 11 TCU Pulls in Almost 6 Million,
Projecting to Give FOX Yesterday's Top Early Game
No. 8 Ohio State captured its 36th Big Ten title in thrilling fashion with a 27-21 victory over fourth-ranked and previously undefeated Wisconsin Saturday night, powering FOX to what is projected to be a big win in prime time. The game drew 12,919,000 viewers on the FOX broadcast network, according to Nielsen Fast Nationals, ranking as the network's most-watched college football game since the 2013 Big Ten Championship.
The 2017 Big Ten Championship Game is the most-watched Big Ten Championship Game since the Buckeyes faced Michigan State in 2013 (13,900,000) and is FOX's most-watched primetime telecast of any kind since Game 7 of this year's World Series. This year's Big Ten title contest drew a combined 13,050,000 viewers on the FOX broadcast network and FOX Sports GO with an average minute audience of 131,0161 on FOX Sports GO. The 2017 Big Ten Championship Game is now the streaming service's biggest college football event ever, surpassing the average minute audience of 107,983 set during Penn State at Ohio State earlier this season.
Earlier in the day, No. 3 Oklahoma punched its ticket to the College Football Playoff with a convincing win over No. 11 TCU in the first Big 12 Championship Game since 2010 and the first ever to air on FOX. The game delivered 5,901,000 viewers on the broadcast network and projects to be the most-watched game of yesterday's 12:00 PM ET window. Overall, a combined 5,980,000 viewers watched the Big 12 Championship Game on FOX and FOX Sports GO, with an average minute audience of 79,373 on the streaming service. The game is the best-performing Big 12 game in FOX Sports GO history and its fourth-best college football event ever.
The top five markets for the Big Ten Championship Game are Columbus (48.2/70), Dayton (31.2/50), Milwaukee (29.6/50), Cleveland (24.8/41) and Birmingham (20.9/30). The Big 12 Championship Game's top five markets are Oklahoma City (32.4/57), Tulsa (27.5/50), Birmingham (14.7/26), Columbus (10.6/22) and Dallas (10.2/26).
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FOX WINS PRIME TIME WITH SATURDAY'S THRILLING
BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
More Than 13 Million Tune in to Ohio State's 27-21 Win
on FOX, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO
Big 12 Championship Game Tops All Games in Noon ET Window
New York - FOX Sports won prime time on Saturday night with 12,918,000 viewers tuning in to the 2017 Big Ten Championship Game between Ohio State and Wisconsin on the FOX broadcast network, according to Nielsen Media Research. This year's Big Ten title contest is FOX's most-watched college football game since the 2013 Big Ten Championship between Ohio State and Michigan State (13,900,000) and is the network's most-watched primetime telecast of any kind since Game 7 of the 2017 World Series.
On the FOX broadcast network, the Big Ten Championship Game is up +41% over 2016 and crushed Saturday's primetime college football competition by 138%. Combined, 13,063,161 viewers watched the Buckeyes earn their 36th conference title on FOX, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO. The game drew an average minute audience of 136,161 on FOX Sports GO, the best performance ever for a college football game on the platform.
Earlier on Saturday, 5,896,000 viewers tuned in to the Big 12 Championship Game on FOX, easily winning college football's 12:00 PM ET time slot. The Big 12 Championship - the first since 2010 and the first ever on the network - and the Big Ten Championship give FOX two of the three most-watched college football games on Championship Saturday.
Overall, 5,982,373 viewers watched the Big 12 title game on FOX, FOX Deportes and FOX Sports GO, including FOX Sports GO's average minute audience of 79,373. Saturday's championship game is the best-performing Big 12 game ever on the streaming service and the platform's fourth-best college football game overall.
FOX Sports' college football coverage continues this month with the Foster Farms Bowl and San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl. Coverage of Arizona vs. Purdue in the Foster Farms Bowl begins at 8:00 PM ET on the FOX broadcast network on Wednesday, Dec. 27. The following day, FS1's coverage of No. 18 Washington State vs. No. 16 Michigan State in the San Diego County Credit Union Bowl begins at 8:30 PM ET.