KU football draws record-low primetime ratings
If anyone found it hard to watch the Kansas football team play in a 43-0 road loss to TCU last weekend, you weren’t alone.
Playing in primetime for the first time since 2009 on a network television station, the Jayhawks produced only 21 yards of offense and trailed by 24 points at halftime. Most people avoided turning on the channel.
With a full slate of college football games in primetime, along with Game 7 of the American League Championship Series between the New York Yankees and Houston Astros, KU’s game against TCU drew record-low viewership in primetime.
According to sportsmediawatch.com, Kansas-TCU had 1.2 million viewers and a 0.7 rating on FOX, down 50 percent from last year’s game between Oklahoma and Texas Tech in the same window.
The 0.7 rating was a record low for a college football game on primetime over-the-air TV. Previously, the record low belonged to Baylor-Iowa State on FOX in 2015.
Leading into the KU-TCU primetime game, FOX received strong ratings from its earlier games, including 3.0 million viewers and a 1.9 rating for Oklahoma-Kansas State.
Among the other primetime games last weekend, Michigan-Penn State delivered 6.95 million viewers and a 3.9 rating on ABC while USC-Notre Dame produced a 1.8 rating with 2.99 million viewers on NBC.