UCF’s Win over Memphis Is the Most-Watched AAC Championship Ever

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UCF 2017 AAC Trophy
UCF head coach Scott Frost holds up the American Athletic Conference Championship Trophy as his team celebrates winning the title Saturday, December 2, 2017. (Photo: Derek Warden)

UCF’s dramatic 62-55 double-overtime win over Memphis was the most-watched American Athletic Conference Championship Game in the league’s short history, as it picked up a 2.5 overnight national rating on ABC. That’s up 56% from Temple-Navy in last year’s AAC Championship (1.6), and up 25% from Houston-Temple (2.1) in 2015, according to SportsMediaWatch.com.┬áThe final rating for the game ended up at 2.3.

3.385 million viewers tuned in on ABC to see the Knights’ 62-55 2 overtime win over the Tigers, which is the fifth-most watched UCF Football telecast ever, and the second-most watched non-bowl game behind only the War on I-4 Game from Black Friday this year. It is also the most-watched UCF conference title game ever.

Top 10 Most-Watched UCF Football Telecasts Nationally

Matchup Date Network Viewers Rating Notes
Baylor vs. UCF 1/1/14 ESPN 11.3 million 6.6 2014 Fiesta Bowl
UCF vs. Georgia 12/31/10 ESPN 4.7 million 3.0 2010 Liberty Bowl
USF at UCF 11/24/17 ABC 4.6 million 3.2 War on I-4
Mississippi State vs. UCF 12/29/07 ESPN 3.9 million N/A 2007 Liberty Bowl
Memphis at UCF 12/2/17 ABC 3.385 million 2.3 AAC Championship
South Carolina at UCF 9/28/13 ABC 3.2 million 2.2
N.C. State vs. UCF 12/26/14 ESPN 3.2 million 2.0 2014 St. Pete Bowl
UCF at Michigan 9/10/16 ABC 2.8 million 1.9
UCF vs. Rutgers 12/19/09 ESPN 2.5 million N/A 2009 St. Pete Bowl
UCF at Louisville 10/18/13 ESPN 2.2 million 1.5 Thursday Night

The game was down from USF-UCF on Black Friday by 1.3 million viewers nationally. A big part of that was tougher competition as the American Athletic Conference Championship Game went head-to-head with the Big 12 Championship Game on FOX, which garnered 5.8 million viewers and was the most-watched Big 12 game since 2013.

The American Athletic Conference Championship was the 6th-most watched football game of the weekend behind each of the the Power 5’s conference championship games, with the SEC and Big 10 leading the way:

Rating Viewers Teams Game Time Slot Network
8.0 13.466M Georgia
Dec. 2, 4:00 PM CBS
7.3 12.918M Ohio State
Big Ten
Dec. 2, 8:15 PM FOX
3.8 5.896M Oklahoma
Big 12
Dec. 2, 12:45 PM FOX
3.2 5.428M Clemson
Dec. 2, 8:00 PM ABC
N/A 3.657M USC
Dec. 1, 8:00 PM ESPN
2.3 3.385M UCF
Dec. 2, Noon ABC
N/A 1.856M College Gameday
From ACC Championship
Dec. 1, 9:00 AM ESPN
N/A 1.630M CFP Rankings Show
All four hours
Dec. 3, Noon ESPN
0.45 652K Toledo
Dec. 2, Noon ESPN
0.39 623K Boise St.
Fresno St.
Dec. 2, 7:45 PM ESPN
N/A 255K No. Texas
Dec. 3, Noon ESPN2
N/A 225K Troy
Ark. State.
Sun Belt Dec. 3, 7:30 PM ESPN2

UCF will take on Auburn in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta on January 1st on ESPN at 12:30 p.m. Dave Flemming, Brock Huard and Allison Williams will be on the television broadcast while Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers and Cole Cubelic will call the game for ESPN Radio.