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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.

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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