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UGA's Win Over Auburn the No. 1 Cable College Football Broadcast in 2020

October 6, 2020

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ATHENS - Georgia’s TV tear continued over the weekend as the Bulldogs’ knockout of Auburn is the No. 1 college football game on cable for the year so far.

The Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry was watched by at least 4.22 million people. That number is a little low for the Dawgs and Tigers, who have averaged 4.71 million viewers since 2012 in regular season games.

However, the bulk of the games between the two schools have been on broadcast TV (CBS), which has more viewrs, and not on cable (ESPN) as it was Saturday. Georgia’s most-watched game ever with Auburn was the 2017 SEC Championship Game that pulled in 13.5 million viewers on CBS.

This is the Bulldogs’ first rated game of the season, but it is good enough for the fourth-most watched game of the college football year. Only three broadcast games - NBC’s Notre Dame-Duke (4.32M), CBS’s State-LSU (4.44M) and CBS’s Alabama-A&M (4.76M) - had more viewers than UGA-Auburn. College football TV numbers have been lower than usual this fall so far.

The Bulldogs return to action this week on broadcast TV. Georgia’s annual fight with Tennessee has averaged 4.5 million viewers since 2012, but has been falling over time. The Dawgs and Vols have not had a game with over 4M viewers since 2016.

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