Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Alabama game was Hogs' most watched since 2015 season
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
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