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. The 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
|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:
|8.0||13.466M||GeorgiaAuburn||SECChamp.||Dec. 2, 4:00 PM||CBS|
|7.3||12.918M||Ohio StateWisconsin||Big TenChamp.||Dec. 2, 8:15 PM||FOX|
|3.8||5.896M||OklahomaTCU||Big 12Champ.||Dec. 2, 12:45 PM||FOX|
|3.2||5.428M||ClemsonMiami||ACCChamp.||Dec. 2, 8:00 PM||ABC|
|N/A||3.657M||USCStanford||Pac-12Champ.||Dec. 1, 8:00 PM||ESPN|
|Dec. 2, Noon||ABC|
|N/A||1.856M||College GamedayFrom ACC Championship||Dec. 1, 9:00 AM||ESPN|
|N/A||1.630M||CFP Rankings ShowAll four hours||Dec. 3, Noon||ESPN|
|0.45||652K||ToledoAkron||MACChamp.||Dec. 2, Noon||ESPN|
|0.39||623K||Boise St.Fresno St.||MWCChamp.||Dec. 2, 7:45 PM||ESPN|
|N/A||255K||No. TexasFAU||C-USAChamp.||Dec. 3, Noon||ESPN2|
|N/A||225K||TroyArk. 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.