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ATHENS – The No.1 Georgia Bulldogs’ 30-13 victory over the No.11 Kentucky Wildcats drew a massive following for CBS – nearly doubling the second most-watched college football game of the weekend.
In fact, Georgia’s victory over Kentucky was watched by more people than Oklahoma’s insane victory over Texas the week before. Georgia-Kentucky, a game that is played every season but not considered a rivalry or major TV property, has drawn more viewers than power games like: Georgia-Auburn, Penn State-Wisconsin, Our Dame-Wisconsin, Texas A & M-Arkansas, Auburn-LSU, Texas-Arkansas, Florida-LSU and Florida-Tennessee.
It’s no surprise that the Bulldogs won the weekend, but the total viewership, 6,369,000, shows just how impressive the Bulldogs have been to their TV partners this season. Game 2 of the weekend, Alabama-State, did not come close to UGA-UK at 3.5M.
UGA coach Kirby Smart said it’s important to have a good performance while so many people are watching.
“Our fans and our stadium are on display at home when we play in front of an audience like this. A lot of kids today care about the perception, subscribers, viewers and market value they have in the NIL world, ”Smart said Tuesday.
CBS said the weekend’s UGA-UK game was the most-watched game in the history of this series (which dates back to 1997).
This is the second time this season the Bulldogs have had the largest TV audiences for a college football weekend. Georgia has the largest television (Georgia-Clemson; 8.9 million) and cable (Georgia-Arkansas; 3.8 million) audiences this season. The Bulldogs now have the # 1, # 8, and # 17 games of the college football season. Only Alabama and Wisconsin also have three top 20 televised games this season so far.
And the Bulldogs are definitely the star of their shows. Georgia’s game with Clemson is four times the viewership of any other game the Tigers have played this season. Georgia’s game viewing audience with Kentucky has more than doubled for any other game Kentucky has played this season – and the Cats have played against both LSU and the Gators. The same could be said for Carolina, who has played just one game this season with over a million viewers – and she drew 2.5 million.
Only Auburn and Arkansas, with games against Penn State TV Power on ABC’s prime time and Texas A&M airing with CBS reach, had a larger audience than when they played in Georgia, respectively. in the afternoon and on the cable.
Since 2016, Georgia has played 52 games that have had at least one million viewers. Saturday’s game with the Cats is the 15th most-watched game for the Dawgs since 2016.
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