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ESPN announced Tuesday that the LSU-Florida game on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium was the networks most-watch College Football game in nearly two years.

The telecast averaged 6,450,000 viewers and the audience peaked at 7,428,000 viewers in the second half. Per ESPN:

ESPN’s presentation of a Baton Rouge Saturday night featuring Florida at LSU drove the network to multi-year college football viewership highs, resulted in the most-watched sporting event on Saturday night and led to another primetime victory among all networks. Simultaneously, ABC was generating broadcast television’s largest college football audience among primetime games. The significant viewership numbers helped complete a day which began with College GameDay Built by The Home Depot increasing its audience year-over-year and the sport’s biggest upset of the season resulting in ESPN delivering one of cable’s most-watched noon game windows in recent history.

Florida at LSU Stands Out in the Record Books

ESPN’s Saturday Night telecast of the Gators-Tigers (8 p.m. ET) averaged 6,450,000 viewers, ESPN’s most-watched game in nearly two years – including standalone, Labor Day night telecasts and this season’s Week 0 coverage. For October games, the audience was among ESPN’s five best on record, dating back to 1994. Additional highlights:

-Second Half Surge: The audience peaked at 7,428,000 viewers in the second half (10:45-11 p.m.).

-Significant Growth: ESPN was up 70% year-over-year from last year’s similar window (Missouri at Alabama).

-Leading the Way in the SEC: Gators-Tigers was the most-watched SEC game of Week 7 among all networks.

-Tigers Win on the Field, ESPN Wins in Television: In addition to being the most-watched primetime football game, the audience was the best among all sports on Saturday night. The result was ESPN “Winning the Night” among viewers and all key male, adult, and female demos.

---Combining Week 0 (Aug. 24), ESPN’s networks have ‘Won the Night’ seven of the last eight Saturday nights.

---Factoring in the entire five-day Kickoff Weekend (Aug. 29 – Sept. 2), college football has led ESPN’s nets to “Win the Night” nine times this season.
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The Gumps are nervous. That's why so many of them were watching.
Reply19 months
Yea, these numbers tell a completely different story.
19 months
Hit reply before I finished typing. These numbers tell a completely different story than what they say on the Rant.
19 months
Even have Bama student calling in a bomb threat at Tiger Stadium. Gumps gonna be Gumps.
19 months
Less than 8.3% of the BR market tuned into the game?
Reply19 months
They were at the game or tailgating
19 months
A lot of people drive in from other parts of Louisiana, not just BR. And a lot of the people outside the stadium tailgating don’t go in and have the game on. I can’t believe that less than 8.3% of BR houses had the game on.
19 months
bama scared i dont think so
Reply19 months
Scared? No. Worried? They should be.
19 months
ESPN loves LSU
Reply19 months
Just wait for LSU-Bama, if both remain undefeated...
Reply19 months
Need to keep feeding us ESPN!
Reply19 months
And yet another example, they scared!
Reply19 months
I think LSU has the chance to expand their national brand. Already have the best unis and coolest stadium. Don't be surprised if you start seeing Burrow jerseys on 14 year olds in other states!
Reply19 months
Damn! That doesn't even count folks that were streaming illegally. I mean, not other people.
Reply19 months
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