The clash over the weekend between two top-ranked college football programs turned out to be a big ratings draw for CBS. The AP reports that the LSU-Alabama game was the top-rated regular season college football game in eight years.
LSU held off Alabama to win the game, 46-41.
“The Nielsen company said 16.6 million people watched the game late Saturday afternoon, as LSU held off the Tide’s late charge. At 7 p.m. Eastern, just before its conclusion, the audience topped 20 million people,” the AP reports.
The report adds: “Similarly, the 6.7 million people who watched Minnesota beat Penn State earlier in the day was a winner for ABC. It was the network’s biggest audience for a noon college football game in three years. It was particularly appealing to Minnesota fans; the rating for the game was the highest in Minneapolis of any college game since at least 2000, when the market ratings became available, Nielsen said.”