The number is down from the last time the two teams met in the regular season in 2018, when it drew 2.9 million viewers in the same time slot. The 2018 game between the Knights and Tigers was split nationally between ABC and ESPN2 along with with Washington-Oregon.
Among games that aired within the 2:30-7 p.m. time slot, NBC’s broadcast of Louisville-Notre Dame garnered the most viewers (3.1 million). Texas A&M-Mississippi State on ESPN finished second, drawing 2.4 million viewers, while UCF-Memphis finished third with its 1.904 million.
Locally, UCF-Memphis drew a 4.3 rating in Orlando which was tied for 2nd best market for the game with Jacksonville trailing only Memphis which had 8.4 according to ESPN Media relations.
The 4.3 local rating for Orlando is down from UCF’s season opener at Georgia Tech on September 19th which drew a 5.5 rating. The 4.3 rating was better than Florida State’s upset win over No. 5 North Carolina which drew 3.7 rating in Orlando. FSU-North Carolina did draw higher in Jacksonville with 5.8 and nationally with 2.1 million viewers. North Carolina-Florida State game aired on primetime on ABC went up against Georgia-Alabama game which aired primetime on CBS and was most watched college football game of the season as it drew 9.6 million viewers. Alabama’s 41-24 win drew a 5.8 rating in Orlando according to CBS Sports media relations making it the most watched college football game in Orlando on Saturday.
This Saturday, with ESPN2 carrying the UFC 254 preliminary fights at noon, UCF will be on at the unique kickoff time of 2 p.m. Eastern, hosting the Tulane Green Wave with Roy Philpott and Kelly Stouffer on the call via remote, and Eric Wood reporting from the sidelines.