ESPN Networks Top College Football Week 10 with Six of the Top 10 Most-Viewed Games - Alabama-LSU Overtime Thriller Delivers 7.6 Million Viewers
ESPN networks won the noon, primetime and late night windows on Saturday and scored six of the top 10 most-viewed matchups of college football's Week 10. This was the most-watched week of college football on ESPN in six years (since 2016's Week 12), and ESPN networks remain on pace for their most-watched season since 2017.
LSU's overtime upset of Alabama on ESPN (7 p.m. ET) delivered 7.6 million viewers and peaked with 10.4 million viewers, becoming ESPN's most-watched regular season college football game since 2016 (Ole Miss/Florida State, 8.4 million viewers) and the most-watched regular season Saturday college football game since 2015, when Ole Miss/Alabama brought in an audience of 7.6 million. The Tigers/Tide tussle ranks as the sixth-best Saturday ESPN game in network history and sixth-best game on any network this season. The primetime presentation is ESPN's most-watched non-NFL telecast since Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals in May and second most-watched since the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship.
ABC's presentation of Ohio State at Northwestern won the noon window Saturday with 4.8 million viewers - ABC's best noon game of the season. Other Week 10 window standouts include Florida at Texas A&M (2.7M | ESPN, noon, second best game at noon across all networks) and California at USC (2.0M | ESPN, 11:15p), both ranking among the best games in their respective windows this season.
In all, college football's upsets, high-octane matchups and rivalries from Week 10 made Saturday, Nov. 5 the most-consumed Saturday of college football across all networks this year (based on minutes watched).
College GameDay Hits a Viewership High Between the Hedges
College GameDay Built by The Home Depot's visit to Athens is the show's second-best audience of the season, scoring 2.24 million viewers and nearly 3 million viewers in the show's final hour. The audience is up 22% year-over-year (2021 Week 10: Cincinnati), and the prelude to the Game of the Century is one of the top 10 most-watched episodes of the show since it expanded to three hours in 2013. Through 10 weeks, College GameDay is off to its best 10-week start ever and is up double digits among P2+ and P18-49 viewers.
ESPN'S MOST-VIEWED GAMES OF WEEK 10
Top-10 Rank* Time Matchup Viewership Network
2 Primetime Alabama (31) at LSU (32) - OT 7.6 million ESPN
3 Noon Ohio State (21) at Northwestern (7) 4.8 million ABC
5 Noon Florida (41) at Texas A&M (24) 2.7 million ESPN
7 Afternoon Penn State (45) at Indiana (14) 2.2 million ABC
8 Late Night California (35) at USC (41) 2.0 million ESPN
9 Primetime Florida State (45) at Miami (3) 1.5 million ABC
* Among college football games across all networks in Week 10
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