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UCF’s Blowout of Oklahoma State Draws 1.21 Million on ESPN

UCF’s win over Oklahoma State was the second-most watched game of the season

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The UCF Knights’ 45-3 win over #15 Oklahoma State drew 1.21 million viewers on ESPN last Saturday, according to data from

It is the second-most watched Knights football telecast of the season behind only the UCF-Oklahoma telecast (2.1 Million) on October 21st, which aired on ABC.

Overall TV viewers up

The Knights are averaging 840,000 viewers this season on linear television. That is up from this same point of last season, where UCF averaged (690,000) but down from the same time of the 2021 season (1.1 million).

One thing that is very clear: Being on ESPN vs. FS1 is a HUGE difference. The viewership for Oklahoma State-UCF on Saturday is more than the last three Knights games that have aired on FS1 combined.

UCF’s last three FS1 telecasts added up to 1.013 million viewers combined:

  • November 4 at Cincinnati — 264,000
  • October 28 vs. West Virginia — 409,000
  • September 30 vs. Baylor — 340,000

The bad news is last week’s game will likely be the Knights’ last good TV slot of the regular season. This week’s UCF game at Texas Tech will air on FS2 at 5 p.m., so do not expect good numbers. It has a good chance of being the least-viewed Knights telecast of the season.

I am predicting the number at 175,000 viewers. Guy Haberman will be behind the mic for play-by-play duties and will be joined by analyst Charles Arbuckle on FS2.

The time and network for the Knights’ home finale with Houston on November 25th will be announced Saturday night. I am projecting an ESPN Plus or FS1/FS2 slot.