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Massive Audience Watches Georgia Bulldogs Destroy Oregon Ducks

September 7, 2022
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ATHENS - More than six million viewers watched as Kirby Smart’s Georgia Bulldogs clotheslined the Oregon Ducks in Atlanta over the weekend. 

It was the third most-watched game of college football’s opening weekend behind Notre Dame-Ohio State (10.5M) and FSU-LSU (7.6M). ESPN said in a release that the network had a huge opening weekend. 

“Across ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU, 17 games accounted for nearly 82 percent of all college football viewing this weekend across linear networks,” the company said. 



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All three of the weekend’s biggest draws were on ABC - a thing to watch as the SEC gets ready to transition to that network in the coming years. Georgia’s win on Saturday was ABC’s most-watched 3:30 opening weekend game since 2017. 

Meanwhile, the game was the 21st time Georgia has registered a game with more than six million viewers under Kirby Smart. The actual number, 6,199,000, means Georgia’s big win isn’t even in the top 20 most-watched games the program has played since 2016.

Georgia and Alabama were the most-watched programs of 2021. The Tide will have a huge audience on FOX Saturday when they travel to Texas for a Noon kickoff. Georgia will play on SEC Network this weekend at 4 PM vs. Samford

Top Five Games of the weekend of Sept. 3, 2022

1. Notre Dame at Ohio State - ABC - 10.5M

2. Florida State vs. LSU - ABC - 7.6M

3. Oregon vs. Georgia - ABC - 6.2M

4. Clemson at Georgia Tech - ESPN - 4.9M

5. Colorado State at Michigan - ABC - 3.9M

 
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