2018 bowl helps deliver ESPN second most-watched day in its history.
ATLANTA (Jan. 5, 2017) – The 50th Anniversary Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl between No. 12 UCF and No. 7 Auburn delivered 8.3 million television viewers, making it the second-most watched Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl of all time, and the most-watched non-College Football Playoff Semifinal Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in the New Year’s Six era.
“It’s fitting that we reached another viewership milestone in the same year we celebrated our 50th Anniversary game,” said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl CEO and president. “Our bowl game and our two Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games were watched by a combined 26 million people. That was a great way for us to close out what was a tremendous celebration of our Golden Season.”
This year’s Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl game viewership was up 49 percent from the 2015 season game and 67 percent from the 2014 season game as fans tuned in to watch the No. 12 UCF Knights solidify the program’s first-ever undefeated season with a 34-27 victory over the No. 7 Auburn Tigers.
The combination of the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and the two College Football Playoff Semifinals helped deliver ESPN its second most-watched day in the network’s 38-year history.
In total, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl has now drawn more than 35.8 million viewers for its games in the CFP era. The Bowl has also seen more than 2.95 million fans attend its games the past 50 years, including selling out 19 of its last 21 contests. Cumulatively, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl has paid out $173 million to its participating teams and has distributed an additional $22.1 million in charitable and scholarship contributions since 2002.
“It never ceases to amaze me how far this Bowl has come over the past five decades,” said Percy Vaughn, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl chairman. “The sky is the limit for this Bowl over the next 50 years.”
About Peach Bowl, Inc.:
Peach Bowl, Inc. operates the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, one of the New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. This season, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is celebrating its Golden Season, including its 50-year history of traditions and successes as the nation’s ninth-oldest bowl organization. The Bowl has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 54 percent of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. Peach Bowl, Inc. has disbursed $173 million in team payouts over its 50-year history. The Bowl also leads all other bowl game organizations in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $22.1 million to organizations in need since 2002. Peach Bowl, Inc. also runs the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament and manages The Dodd Trophy national coach of the year award. For more information, visit Chick-fil-APeachBowl.com or follow us on Twitter at @CFAPeachBowl and find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/CFAPeachBowl.