Saturday’s battle between LSU and Alabama was the most watched college football regular season game in eight years.
According to Nielsen, the pivotal SEC West match up televised by CBS drew a national household rating of 9.7. That means 9.7-percent of American television households watched the game. The contest had a 24 share, meaning almost a quarter of TVs in use nationwide were tuned to the game.
An estimated 16.6 million viewers watched LSU beat Alabama 46-41.
Through the first 11 weeks of the college football season, the SEC ON CBS’ season-to-date viewership is the network’s tops for college football at this point in the season since 1990, growing 39% with 7.091 million viewers compared to last year’s 5.088 million.