The Alabama-Florida State game wasn’t close in the end, but college football fans certainly bought into the hype.
According to a press release from ESPN, the Tide’s clash with the Seminoles was the most-watched opening weekend game in history, drawing a massing 7.3 overnight rating.
The company also said the game earned a huge streaming audience of 237,000, the second-highest ever for a regular season game (Ohio State vs Michigan, 2016).
Florida’s loss to Michigan, shown on ABC, also had big returns for ESPN. It received a 5.0 overnight rating and a streaming audience of 182,000, making it the most-watched non-primetime game on record.
The top market for Alabama-Florida State was Birmingham (46.6) followed by Jacksonville (21.6) and Columbus (18.4). For Florida-Michigan, it was the same top three, but in a different order: Jacksonville (18.5), Birmingham (16.2) and Columbus (15.7)
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