More than 5.6 Million Watch No. 19 Texas Top No. 7 Oklahoma in FOX’s Most-Watched College Football Game This Season
Most-Watched Red River Showdown Since 2011
New York – FOX Sports’ presentation of the 2018 Red River Showdown, in which No. 19 Texas edged No. 7 Oklahoma, 48-45 on a game-winning field goal from Longhorns true freshman kicker Cameron Dicker, drew 5,608,000 viewers on the FOX broadcast network.
Saturday’s thriller is FOX Sports’ most-watched college football game this season and was the most-watched sporting event on any network that day. It also stands as the most-watched Red River Showdown since 2011 and is up +55% in viewership over the 2017 event.
On FOX Sports streaming sources, the game pulled in an average minute audience of 86,765, ranking as FOX Sports’ most-streamed game of the 2018 college football season and the best-performing Big 12 game ever on FOX Sports streaming platforms. It also ranks as the third best-performing regular-season college football game in FOX Sports streaming history behind last year’s deliveries for Penn State at Ohio State (107,983) and Ohio State-Michigan (100,427).
All three college football games on the FOX broadcast network Saturday saw year-over-year growth, with the Red River Showdown beating last year’s comparable window by +130% (2,433,000 for Iowa State-Oklahoma). On Saturday afternoon, No. 3 Ohio State defeated Indiana, 49-26, drawing 3,988,000 viewers, a +51% increase over last year’s equivalent between Ohio State and Maryland (vs. 2,645,000). In prime time, No. 10 Washington held off UCLA, 31-24, drawing 2,027,000 viewers, a +5% increase over last year’s comparable game between Washington State and Oregon (vs. 1,923,000).
In 2018, FOX Sports televises an impressive lineup of top games from the Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences. FOX Sports is also home to the Pac-12 and Big Ten championship games in addition to the Redbox Bowl and San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl.