The UCF Knights’ 56-41 win over Memphis in the American Athletic Conference Championship Game this past Saturday was watched by 3.321 million viewers, good enough for a 2.1 rating on ABC, according to SportsMediaWatch.com.
The game was down down 9% in ratings and 2% in viewership from last year’s American Conference Championship Game, which had 3.385M viewers and a 2.3 rating last year’s double-overtime thriller kicked off at noon on ABC, compared to 3:30 this year on ABC, across from the SEC Championship on CBS between #1 Alabama and #4 Georgia.
That game was most-watched game of the season to date, getting a 10.1 rating with 17.499 million viewers on CBS, and the most-watched SEC title game since 2009, between Alabama and Florida.
UCF was The American’s TV draw in 2018 as the Knights were involved in five of the six most-watched American Conference games of the season, and five of the seven AAC games that drew over one million viewers.
Most-Watched AAC Games of 2018
|Memphis at UCF||Saturday||12/1/2018||ABC||3,321,000||2.1|
|Cincinnati at UCF||Saturday||11/17/2018||ABC||3,124,000||1.9|
|UCF at Memphis||Saturday||10/13/2018||ABC/ESPN2*||2,900,000||1.9|
|South Florida at Houston||Saturday||10/27/2018||ABC/ESPN2*||2,000,000||1.4|
|UCF at South Florida||Friday||11/23/2018||ESPN||1,741,000||N/A|
|Temple at UCF||Thursday||11/1/2018||ESPN||1,191,000||0.8|
|South Florida at Tulsa||Friday||10/12/2018||ESPN||1,170,000||0.7|
|Memphis at Tulane||Thursday||10/4/2018||ESPN||738,000||0.48|
|Tulsa at Temple||Thursday||9/20/2018||ESPN||728,000||0.48|
|Memphis at SMU||Friday||11/16/2018||ESPN||623,000||0.37|
It remains to be seen how these numbers will impact The American’s TV negotiations with ESPN and other TV networks in the near future. But one thing is for sure: UCF has benefited from the national platform ESPN and ABC have provided to the league compared to other conferences like Mountain West and Conference USA.