Now that the regular season is over for the SEC, let's take stock of TV ratings relative to the rest of College Football. During conference realignment in 2011, many media types could not stop talking about what a bad move Texas A&M, Missouri, and the SEC were making. As far as exposure, remember that when asked about the SEC entering the state of Texas market, University of Texas Athletic Director Deloss Dodds said, "They have a sliver down the east side (of Texas)." We've since learned that things look brighter than most expected for Texas A&M and Missouri, both competitively and financially. So let's see if the SEC footprint has grown as commissioner Mike Slive hoped it would.
Top College Football Teams by TV Ratings
There are 12 SEC teams in the Top 25, including 7 teams in the Top 10. Unsurprisingly, Alabama is king of the mountain. SEC newbies Texas A&M and Missouri are ranked 2nd and 22nd respectively. Their rival Big 12 schools Texas (27) and Kansas (73) did not crack the Top 25. Big 12 replacements TCU and West Virginia ranked 48th and 51st.
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 (see 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 #16 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 3 or more rated games are included in the list.
12/7/2013 Table Update after final viewer numbers for Week 14 were posted.
|Rank||Team||Avg Viewers||Avg Rating||# of Rated Gms|
|56||San Diego State||1,134,250||0.7||4|
|72||San Jose State||569,750||0.4||4|
Conference TV Ratings
The SEC has the strongest TV viewership in college football. The distance between the SEC and runner-up Big 10 is substantial, and another wide gap exists between the Big 10 and other major conferences. Remember that each conference game counts twice so "a rising tide lifts all boats," especially a Crimson one.
|Rank||Conference||Avg Viewers||Avg Rating||# of Rated Gms|