Texas-OU was the strongest pull on the best Saturday of televised college football this season. The Red River Shootout garnered 7.3 million viewers Saturday morning. ESPN’s primetime telecast of LSU-Florida was next with 6.4 million. The Alabama-A&M game on CBS was 3rd in viewership with 6.1 million.
The quality of the matchups shows up in the ratings as six games had audiences of over 3 million and a total of ten games pulled at least 1 million viewers.
I mentioned in an earlier post that Texas-OU results over the past decade were a factor in Fox committing more quality games to the 11:00 am central time slot. Their “Big Noon Game” gave Fox its first ratings win for a college football Saturday this year. Add in the Georgia-South Carolina game on ESPN and Michigan-Illinois on ABC, more than 12 million people tuned in to college football during the 11:00 am central time period.
You can go ahead and write in ink that Texas-OU will kick off at 11:00 am in 2020.