Early viewership numbers for the 2021 college football season are outstanding
Even though college football has only been back for 2 weeks, the television viewership numbers are already through the roof.
3 games around the country have already surpassed the 7.5M viewer mark this season. According to Flora from ESPN, it took 11 weeks from the 2019 regular season for three games to average 7.5M viewers.
It’s only week 2, and three College Football games have already surpassed the 7.5M viewer mark.
For context, it took 11 weeks in 2019 for three games to average at least 7.5M viewers.
— Flora ESPN Insights (@ESPNFlora) September 14, 2021
It’s not known which 3 games have surpassed that mark, but one is likely the Week 1 game between Clemson and Georgia. It was a battle between 2 top 5 teams in the country and even though not a lot happened offensively, a lot of people will always tune in to watch 2 of the best go at it.
Another game could be that Notre Dame-Florida State game from Week 1 as McKenzie Milton came into the game after so much time off due to injury. It ended up being an overtime thriller with the Fighting Irish coming away with the victory, so that could’ve played a part as well.
The third one could’ve been Oregon-Ohio State as that was a battle between 2 of the top 15 teams in the country. FOX’s big noon games usually drive significant viewers each week as well.
This is shaping up to be one of the best seasons in terms of viewership, especially since it’s the first full season since 2019.