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Las Vegas Bowl was most-watched Boise State game this year; here’s the full list

Boise State fans welcome the Oregon Ducks to the field before the Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on Dec. 16.
Boise State fans welcome the Oregon Ducks to the field before the Las Vegas Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on Dec. 16. jjaszewski@idahostatesman.com

The Boise State football team drew 1 million TV viewers for five of its 14 games during the 2017 season, according to data compiled by sportsmediawatch.com. That’s the most games to hit that mark since 2014.

The top draw was the Las Vegas Bowl against Oregon, which attracted 3.801 million viewers — nearly triple the number who watched any of the Broncos’ regular-season games. The Las Vegas Bowl viewership was up slightly from 3.77 million for San Diego State-Houston last year and a big jump over Boise State’s game with Baylor in last year’s Cactus Bowl, which drew 2.48 million viewers.

This year’s Las Vegas Bowl also was the most-watched for that game since Boise State-Washington in 2012 (4.4 million). That game, the Broncos’ most recent previous appearance, was decided in the final minute and ranks third in Las Vegas Bowl history in TV viewership. Boise State-Utah from 2010 ranks second (5.4 million). USC-Utah in 2001 is No. 1.

Boise State’s top regular-season games included three weeknight games (Virginia and BYU on Fridays and New Mexico on a Thursday) and the triple-overtime thriller against Washington State, a late-night Saturday appearance on ESPN.

Last year, the Broncos didn’t have a regular-season game hit the 1 million mark.

Viewership data isn’t available for CBS Sports Network. Here are the numbers for the Broncos this season.

Opponent

Network

Viewers

Oregon (Las Vegas Bowl)

ABC

3,801,000

Virginia

ESPN2

1,324,000

Washington State

ESPN

1,265,000

New Mexico

ESPN

1,053,000

BYU

ESPN

1,043,000

Fresno State (MW title game)

ESPN

623,000

Air Force

ESPN2

436,000

Wyoming

ESPN2

414,000

Troy

ESPNU

194,000

Nevada

ESPNU

143,000

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