College Football TV Ratings for Teams and Conferences: 2013 Regular Season

Ronald Martinez

The final ratings from the 2013 regular season of college football are in and the SEC is on top. Alabama and Texas A&M are the top two most-viewed teams this season.

Conference and team rankings based on the final ratings for the 2013 College Football Regular Season, inclusive of conference championship games, are presented below.

The SEC is the highest rated conference with 12 teams in the Top 25, including 6 teams in the Top 10.

Ratings include only games on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and FOX Sports 1. Data for other networks are unavailable (e.g., Big Ten Network, Pac-12 Network, Longhorn Network), and this boosts averages for teams playing on those networks since ratings are generally low (e.g., Michigan on the Big 10 Network and Texas on the Longhorn Network).

Some teams benefit from having a low number of rated games since only their most attractive matchups are picked up by top TV stations (e.g., Northwestern ranked #20 with only 5 rated games due to opponents like Ohio State driving ratings).

Individual game data was collected from Sports Media Watch. Only teams with 4 or more rated games are included in the list.

Conference TV Ratings

Rank Conference Avg Viewers Avg Rating # of Rated Gms
1 SEC 3,805,794 2.34 120
2 Big 10 2,920,815 1.84 82
3 ACC 1,961,674 1.25 88
4 Pac 12 1,759,673 1.11 76
5 Big 12 1,625,221 1.01 92
6 MWC 1,010,406 0.65 49
7 AAC 971,983 0.65 60
8 MAC 792,583 0.50 36
9 C-USA 780,254 0.50 42
10 Sun Belt 603,694 0.42 18


Top College Football Teams by TV Ratings

Rank Team Avg Viewers Avg Rating # of Rated Gms
1 Alabama 6,465,000 3.9 10
2 Texas A&M 5,263,900 3.3 10
3 Michigan 5,257,381 3.3 7
4 Ohio State 5,240,455 3.2 11
5 Auburn 5,216,500 3.2 10
6 Georgia 4,832,300 3.0 10
7 LSU 4,531,818 2.7 11
8 Missouri 3,991,500 2.4 8
9 Notre Dame 3,906,364 2.5 11
10 Michigan State 3,769,111 2.4 9
11 South Carolina 3,499,875 2.2 8
12 Florida 3,369,583 2.1 8
13 Nebraska 3,240,833 2.1 6
14 Florida State 3,232,417 2.0 12
15 Tennessee 3,082,630 2.0 9
16 Oklahoma 3,027,083 1.9 12
17 Clemson 2,970,417 1.8 10
18 Stanford 2,741,550 1.7 10
19 Oklahoma State 2,698,630 1.7 9
20 Northwestern 2,684,300 1.7 5
21 Wisconsin 2,671,278 1.7 9
22 Penn State 2,652,000 1.7 6
23 Mississippi State 2,607,429 1.6 7
24 Mississippi 2,536,750 1.5 8
25 Arkansas 2,485,000 1.5 6
26 Texas 2,408,778 1.5 9
27 Oregon 2,372,350 1.5 10
28 North Carolina 2,244,500 1.5 4
29 UCLA 2,235,650 1.4 10
30 USC 2,205,000 1.4 8
31 Purdue 2,203,500 1.5 4
32 Iowa 2,171,250 1.4 6
33 Miami 2,095,300 1.3 11
34 Arizona State 2,092,286 1.3 7
35 Pittsburgh 2,074,000 1.3 5
36 Texas Tech 1,919,300 1.2 10
37 Baylor 1,873,700 1.1 10
38 Boston College 1,734,125 1.2 4
39 Vanderbilt 1,730,800 1.1 5
40 UCF 1,639,667 1.1 6
41 Illinois 1,627,600 1.1 5
42 Minnesota 1,616,524 1.1 7
43 Arizona 1,601,375 1.0 4
44 Virginia Tech 1,556,111 1.0 9
45 Georgia Tech 1,496,000 1.0 8
46 Washington 1,457,750 0.9 8
47 Louisville 1,435,375 1.0 8
48 TCU 1,352,125 0.9 8
49 Kentucky 1,323,857 0.8 7
50 Oregon State 1,278,286 0.8 7
51 Duke 1,278,000 0.8 7
52 West Virginia 1,271,200 0.8 10
53 Rice 1,211,500 0.8 4
54 Indiana 1,191,875 0.8 4
55 Boise State 1,189,429 0.8 7
56 San Diego State 1,134,250 0.7 4
57 BYU 1,129,444 0.7 9
58 Northern Illinois 1,115,250 0.8 4
59 Kansas State 1,058,167 0.7 10
60 Washington State 1,025,500 0.6 8
61 UConn 1,013,250 0.6 4
62 Navy 990,600 0.7 5
63 Cal 986,000 0.7 8
64 Maryland 979,000 0.6 6
65 Virginia 883,500 0.6 6
66 Fresno State 871,286 0.6 7
67 SMU 868,000 0.5 6
68 Air Force 849,000 0.6 5
69 Wake Forest 758,833 0.5 6
70 USF 743,333 0.5 6
71 Utah State 731,000 0.5 4
72 Ohio 710,000 0.5 4
73 Utah 662,000 0.4 5
74 Iowa State 644,000 0.4 9
75 Nevada 644,000 0.4 4
76 Rutgers 594,222 0.4 9
77 Buffalo 585,800 0.4 5
78 San Jose State 569,750 0.4 4
79 Kansas 564,571 0.4 7
80 Cincinnati 531,750 0.4 8
81 Bowling Green 519,800 0.3 5
82 Toledo 479,500 0.3 4
83 UL-Lafayette 409,750 0.3 4
84 Houston 371,000 0.3 8
85 Tulsa 355,200 0.2 5
86 Marshall 303,800 0.2 5
87 New Mexico 281,750 0.2 4
88 Troy 145,500 0.1 4

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