2018 is the most watched college football season on Fox Network history. Fox games averaged an audience larger than 3.3 million people this season, a number that represents a 3% growth from 2017. It certainly didn’t hurt that headline rivalries such as Michigan and Ohio State and the Red River Rivalry between Texas and Oklahoma were on Fox this season. The aforementioned Ohio State win over Michigan was the network’s biggest college football audience of the year. More than 13.2 million people watched last weekend when the two teams played.
Fox also saw major gains in their digital audience for college football. According to Neilsen Media Research, the average-minute audience across all Fox streaming platforms in 2018 rose by 33% over 2017.
Fox first began carrying college football in 1999 when it bought the broadcast rights to the Cotton Bowl Classic. That lead to the network having the broadcast rights to the BCS games from the 2006 to 2008 seasons. It did not expand to weekly coverage until 2012.
The Big Ten and Pac-12 Championship games will air on Fox this weekend. The network will wrap its college football coverage with the Redbox Bowl in Santa Clara, CA on December 31.