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Florida Gators’ LSU loss was ESPN’s most-viewed game in two years

The game’s 10.0 local rating was comparable to what the Lightning drew during the 2018 playoff run.
LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson (2) carries against Florida defensive back Kaiir Elam (5) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. LSU won 42-28. [GERALD HERBERT | AP]
Published Oct. 15

The Florida Gators’ 42-28 loss at LSU was ESPN’s most-watched college football game in almost two years, the network announced Tuesday.

The top-10 showdown of undefeated teams averaged more than 6.4 million viewers. That puts it in the top five of ESPN’s October college football games since 1994.

Tampa-St. Petersburg was ESPN’s No. 7 market with a 10.0 rating. For context, that’s comparable to what the Lightning drew locally during the 2018 Eastern Conference Final.

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