Forty-eight college games football were played in Week 10 of the 2019 season, a week that began with two games on Thursday, Oct. 31, and ended with 45 games on Saturday, Nov. 2. The schedule was highlighted by Florida vs. Georgia, a seven-point Georgia win that drew nearly seven million viewers, the largest audience for The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party since tracking began in 1988.
Despite 10 cancellations and postponements, 48 college football games were played in Week 10 of the 2020 college season, a week that began with six games on Wednesday, Nov. 4, and ended with 37 games on Saturday, Nov. 7. The schedule was highlighted by Clemson vs. Notre Dame, a double-overtime Notre Dame win that drew more than 10 million viewers
The Clemson-Notre Dame game, despite a temporary relocation from NBC to USA Network during President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’ victory speeches, was the highest-rated college football of the season and contributed to a surprising uptick in Week 10 ratings in 2020 vs. 2019. A season-high 69 million Americans watched at least one college football game last week, a 14 percent increase from Week 9 and a 1 percent increase from the same week last season, according to ESPN Research.
The ratings bump comes as stadium capacity restrictions keep hundreds of thousands of fans at home, where until last week, they weren’t watching as much college football as they did in 2019.
Andrew Doughty hosts the High Motor podcast and covers college football and college basketball for HERO Sports. A Kansas (B.S. Sport Management) and Memphis grad (M.A. Journalism), Andrew is also a Junior Writer for Sports Illustrated and has published work on SB Nation and Bleacher Report.