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UCF-SMU Second-Most Watched UCF Game of 2017

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Hungarian television set from 1959. ORION AT 602 - 1959 by Takkk via CC-BY-SA 3.0
Hungarian television set from 1959. ORION AT 602 - 1959 by Takkk via CC-BY-SA 3.0

UCF's 31-24 win over SMU was watched by 369,000 viewers on Saturday night, making it the second-most watched UCF game of the season to date behind only the Memphis-UCF game on September 30th, which had 442,000 viewers, also on ESPN2.

Here are the most-viewed UCF games of 2017 so far:

UCF at Maryland on FS1 (9/23/17): 247,000 viewers

Memphis at UCF on ESPN2 (9/30/17): 442,000 viewers

UCF at Cincinnati on ESPNU (10/7/17): 131,000 viewers

UCF at SMU on ESPN2 (11/4/17): 369,000 viewers

Overall TV numbers are up for UCF games compared to last season, but surprisingly, despite the huge success on the field, TV numbers locally and nationally for UCF are down from 2013, when the Knights had their magical run to Fiesta Bowl.

For example, the UCF-SMU game on Saturday was in same time slot as in 2013, when UCF took on Houston. The UCF-Houston game garnered 431,000 viewers that year in same time slot. Locally, numbers are down from 2013 and haven't come close to the big number it had for last season's game at Michigan.

Part of it is cord cutting, with more people watching games online instead of on cable TV. Still surprising, more people have not tuned in.

Here's a breakdown of UCF's TV viewership since 2013:


Date Opponent Time Network Viewers
9/28 South Carolina Noon ABC 3.20M
10/18 Louisville 8 p.m. ESPN 2.22M
11/9 Houston 7 p.m. ESPN2 431K
11/21 Rutgers 7:30 p.m. ESPN 972K
11/29 USF 8 p.m. ESPN 1.22M
12/7 SMU Noon ESPN 1.44M
1/1 Baylor (Fiesta Bowl) 8:30 p.m. ESPN 11.3M*

*- Most watched UCF Football game locally and nationally all-time


Date Opponent Time Network Viewers
8/30 Penn State 8:30 a.m. ESPN2 1.29M
10/2 Houston 7 p.m. ESPN 744K
10/9 BYU 7:30 p.m. ESPN 1.34M
11/14 Tulsa 8 p.m. ESPN2 738K
11/22 SMU Noon ESPNews 113K
11/28 USF Noon ESPN2 447K
12/4 ECU 7:30 p.m. ESPN 1.04M
12/26 NC State (St. Pete Bowl) 8 p.m. ESPN 3.27M


Date Opponent Time Network Viewers
9/12 Stanford 10:30 p.m. FS1 151K
9/26 South Carolina Noon ESPNU 380K
10/3 Tulane Noon ESPNews 73K
10/10 UConn 3:45 p.m. ESPNews 111K
10/24 Houston Noon ESPNews 171K
10/31 Cincinnati Noon ESPNews 101K
11/7 Tulsa Noon ESPNews 67K
11/19 ECU 7:30 p.m. ESPN 669K
11/26 USF 7:30 p.m. ESPN 388K


Date Opponent Time Network Viewers
9/10 Michigan Noon ABC 2.86M
9/24 FIU 7 p.m. BeIN 16K
10/15 Temple 7:30 p.m. ESPNU 100K
10/29 Houston Noon ESPNU 192K
11/12 Cincinnati Noon ESPNU 112K