UM Football 2nd-most watched team

Submitted by Lionsfan on December 5th, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Per Good Bull Hunting, the A&M blog for SBNation, here are the most watched teams in the US. Interesting that even with out struggles, people are still tuning in.


Rank Team Avg Viewersa Avg Ratingb # of Rated Gmsc
1 Alabama 6,455,833 3.9 10
2 Michigan 5,355,476 3.4 7
3 Texas A&M 5,264,900 3.3 10
4 Georgia 4,845,383 3.0 10
5 LSU 4,486,061 2.7 11
6 Ohio State 4,443,167 2.8 10
7 Auburn 4,191,481 2.6 9
8 Notre Dame 3,921,970 2.5 11
9 Florida 3,433,438 2.1 8
10 Tennessee 3,392,083 2.2 8


The full Top 50 is here. And the avg. viewers per conference

Rank Conference Avg Viewersa Avg Ratingb # of Rated Gms
1 SEC 3,596,643 2.2 114
2 Big 10 2,643,794 1.7 80
3 ACC 1,918,042 1.2 84
4 Pac-12 1,799,596 1.1 74
5 Big 12 1,571,833 1.0 90
6 AAC 1,040,547 0.7 50
7 MWC 1,017,701 0.7 45
8 C-USA 825,796 0.5 40
9 MAC 765,792 0.5 32
10 Sun Belt 603,694 0.4 18


Also worth noting, that ratings for some Networks (Big Ten Network, PAC-12 Network, Longhorn Network) aren't available. Which helps us a little bit



December 5th, 2013 at 10:25 AM ^

they have also had a lot of nationally broadcasted ranked matchups which draw in more views, if it was alabama vs a&m going up against penn state northwestern or some other similar match up most people are gonna watch the big nationally televised matchup unless their team is playing then


December 5th, 2013 at 12:48 PM ^

I think it is more a factor of the AVAILABLE games for people to watch NOT on a private Cable Network (looking at you BTN).  Games are more accessible, and if they are anything like me - most people will watch any and all available football....and with more games available - the SEC gets watched more.


December 5th, 2013 at 10:17 AM ^

Why does not having the networks included help us? Wouldn't it hurt us?

Surprised not to see Texas, is that because all their games are on their network?


December 5th, 2013 at 10:25 AM ^

The only Big Ten team to miss the top 50 was Indiana, if I read this right, which I could have probably guessed. The Big Ten teams in the top 25 in addition to Michigan and Ohio State are Nebraska, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan State. 

The conference ratings have appeared on various sites for a few years and I am pretty sure that they've been fairly consistent with the SEC and Big Ten having significantly higher ratings than every other conference, but then it seems like these two conferences find their way onto ESPN and ABC most often. It would be interesting perhaps to break down conference versus network and time slot perhaps. 


December 5th, 2013 at 12:57 PM ^

But I am skeptical of the notion that "most" love UM football. I'm sure many support it by going to games and buying apparel, but that is done more to be part of the Wolverine community then out of a love of a game. The Brians', LSAs, and those alumni who inhabit this board are a minority IMO. I think this is true for every school. Football is mainly a communal event, not a passion, for most people.


December 5th, 2013 at 11:15 AM ^

Wow. This is what happened during a 7-5 season. Just imagine the situation if / when we are consistently in the top 5 again. Everybody everywhere would be extremely happy, well except for the Buckeye and Sparty fans.


December 5th, 2013 at 12:58 PM ^

Who thought it was going to end this year?  This year we had three marque home games and were projected by many to contend for the B1G title.

Next year is the year I have heard/read that attendence might take a hit due to the crapola home schedule and growing fan disatisfaction with our mediocre record over the past several years.


December 5th, 2013 at 11:23 AM ^

Could it also be that people like to watch UM lose? I know the only reason I watch Buckeye/Sparty games is to hopefully watch them lose.



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December 5th, 2013 at 12:07 PM ^

This is a perfect example of why, even with a few good years, Sparty will always be "little brother."  A crappy Michigan team is more relevant than one of Sparty's best teams in the last forty years.  


December 5th, 2013 at 12:32 PM ^

Let's remember though that those numbers only included 7 rated games for Michigan... meaning a lot of our crappy OOC/B1G matchups aren't included... whereas the other top teams have 10-11 rated games.  For example, Texas A&M's average is skewed by the fact that less than a million watched their shitty game against SMU.


December 5th, 2013 at 12:57 PM ^

This is one of the big reasons ESPN takes so much time and effort to crap on the Big Ten.  The BTN is a competitor that the worldwide leader in sh*tty sports coverage loves to hurt.


December 5th, 2013 at 3:17 PM ^

Michigan battliing Akron.

Let's hope things will be much better next season.

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