Alabama game was Hogs' most watched since 2015 season

By: Matt Jones Matt Jones's Twitter account
Published: Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Arkansas coach Sam Pittman, left, shakes hands with Alabama coach Nick Saban after an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Fayetteville. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)
Arkansas coach Sam Pittman, left, shakes hands with Alabama coach Nick Saban after an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, in Fayetteville. (AP Photo/Michael Woods)

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas’ football game against Alabama last week was the Razorbacks’ most-watched game in nearly seven years. 

CBS averaged 5.83 million viewers and had a peak of nearly 7 million for the game, which saw the Crimson Tide pull away for a 49-26 victory after Arkansas cut the lead to 28-23 at the end of the third quarter. 

The game had a 3.2 rating, meaning an estimated 3.2% of TV households were tuned in. 

It was the most-watched college football game of last weekend and CBS’ most-watched college football game this year. Four college football games have averaged larger audiences in 2022. All have been televised on over-the-air networks.

Arkansas had not had a TV audience that large since a 45-23 victory over Kansas State at the Liberty Bowl to close the 2015 season. ESPN averaged 7 million viewers for that game, according to archived TV figures at SportsMediaWatch.com. 

For Alabama, it was the second-largest audience for a game this season, trailing the 10.6 million average on FOX for the Crimson Tide’s 20-19 victory at Texas on Sept. 10. 

CBS averaged 5.5 million viewers and had a peak audience of nearly 7.4 million for the 2021 game between Arkansas and Alabama, which the Crimson Tide won 42-35 at home.

Largest College Football TV Audiences in 2022

Matchup, Date: Avg. Viewers, Network

Texas-Alabama, Sept. 10: 10.6 million, FOX

Notre Dame-Ohio State, Sept. 3: 10.5 million, ABC

Florida State-LSU, Sept. 4: 7.6 million, ABC

Oregon-Georgia, Sept. 3: 6.2 million, ABC

Arkansas-Alabama, Oct. 1: 5.8 million, CBS

Source: SportsMediaWatch.com


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