Georgia-Clemson Game Draws More Viewers Than Five of Six NBA Finals Games

by Joe Rutland

Don’t upset those Georgia Bulldogs anymore. Their 10-3 win over Clemson hauled in more viewers than a number of NBA Finals games.

The fifth-ranked, Kirby Smart-coached Bulldogs posted a solid win over No. 3-ranked Tigers. Yet this college football game really brought in a lot of eyeballs. Maybe some Outsiders managed to get in front of their TV sets for a solid college football season opener.

About the NBA Finals games, an article from Barstool Sports clears up the picture. Close to 8 million viewers turned on the Georgia victory. That’s before any streaming or out-of-home viewers are added to the number.

Yet that initial number as far as viewers are concerned put the Georgia-Clemson game as a ratings’ winner. The college football game brought in more viewers than were watching five of six NBA Finals games last season. Milwaukee managed to defeat Phoenix in six games.

Georgia Football Team Welcomes Primetime Viewership

But the only game of the series which brought in more viewers than Georgia’s victory was in Game Six. That’s when the Bucks won the NBA championship.

One thing that helped ratings jump up for the college football clash is it was on primetime Saturday night. So viewers could go do their outdoor activities, then come indoors and watch their teams play.

College football also scored big viewing numbers as Notre Dame played Florida State. The Sunday night college football game drew 8.8 million viewers for ESPN. The network said that game was the second-highest-viewed Sunday contest on the first weekend of games since 1996.

There’s little doubt that Georgia fans loved seeing their Bulldogs drop Coach Dabo Swinney and his Clemson Tigers. Luckily, they had a massive amount of viewers tuned in across the Southeast and other parts of the United States.

Bulldogs Relished Their Late-Game Heroics at Peach Bowl

Georgia fans may also still be reveling in the Bulldogs’ Peach Bowl victory on New Year’s Day.

Sure, it happened months ago. But fans have long memories and, oh, how sweet it was to end Cincinnati’s hopes of an undefeated season.

Thanks to the sure foot of kicker Jack Podlesney, whose 53-yard field goal through the uprights with two seconds left was the difference.

That gave the Bulldogs a 24-21 victory. Cincinnati came into the game ranked sixth in The Associated Press Top 25 poll. Georgia was at No. 11.

Now you know those Bulldog players were looking to celebrate with Smart. In fact, they had the Gatorade mixed and were set to drench him.

Yet he was in no mood for Gatorade. Smart tried to get away and avoid the shower. Well, take a look right here and see if the Georgia head coach succeeded.