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War On I-4 Football TV Ratings Up From 2020

TV numbers didn’t reach 2019 levels

Derek Warden

In what could be the final War on I-4 football game at the Bounce House, the UCF Knights’ 17-13 win over South Florida on Black Friday was watched by some 711,000 viewers on ESPN, according to ShowBuzzDaily.com .

The game’s viewership is up from last year’s edition on the same network and time slot, when UCF’s 58-46 win in Tampa drew 529,000 viewers. But that was the least-viewed UCF-USF game since the 2015 Thanksgiving night game.

The Knights-Bulls 2021 edition is still significantly down from the 2019 edition, which drew 1.78 million viewers on ESPN.

Overall it was the 4th-least viewed War on I-4 football game since the series resumed in 2013 with both schools becoming members of the American Athletic Conference.

The Thanksgiving night game of 2015 is the least watched USF-UCF game on any date (388k), while 2014 edition is the least watched Black Friday game (488K). That game aired at noon on ESPN2.

Last year’s game was the least-watched Black Friday game that aired on ESPN.