Texas at USC is FOX’s Most-Watched Game of the Season; Sets FOX Sports GO College Football Record
NEW YORK, NY – Led by an epic rematch 11 years in the making, Week 3 of the college football season posted huge viewership numbers on the FOX broadcast network and FOX Sports GO.
Saturday night’s instant classic between Texas and USC, in which the Trojans earned a double-overtime 27-24 win on the arm of Heisman hopeful quarterback Sam Darnold and the leg of freshman walk-on kicker Chase McGrath, is FOX’s most-watched college football game of the year. The contest drew 4,912,000 viewers on FOX and shattered FOX Sports GO’s regular-season college football record with an average minute audience of 41,310, a +13% increase over the previous mark of 36,718 set last year for Texas-Oklahoma.
Earlier in the day, Ohio State’s win over Army attracted 2,506,000 viewers on the FOX broadcast network, while Northern Illinois’ win over Nebraska on FS1 drew 808,000 viewers, an +11% increase over the channel’s 2016 Saturday college football average.
Overall, college football on FOX and FS1 is off to its best start ever, averaging 1,778,000 viewers per game across the two networks, including 668,000 in the Adults 18-49 demographic. FOX and FS1 have amassed 5.14 billion total minutes viewed this season, a massive +86% increase from this point last season. FOX Sports GO is also off to a fast start, up +48% year-over-year in average minute audience through three weeks.
In 2017, FOX Sports televises top games from the Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences. FOX Sports is home to some of the most anticipated matchups of the season, including Ohio State at Michigan and Oklahoma at Oklahoma State in the annual Bedlam rivalry. FOX Sports is also home to the Big Ten and Big 12 championship games and the Foster Farms Bowl and San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl.