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CBS gets big ratings for (boring?) LSU-Alabama game

Published November 7, 2011 10:12 am

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According to CBS, Saturday's LSU-Alabama showdown was the most-watched regular-season college football game on the network in 22 years. It averaged 20 million viewers, up 161 percent from last year's Tigers-Tide showdown.

It's a definite possibility that several million of those viewers had passed out in front of their TVs, put to sleep by the "excitement" of a 9-6 game that featured a grand total of zero touchdowns.

I kid, I kid. But this was a game that was exciting because it was close, not because it was exciting.

Anyway, here's CBS' excited release:

CBS Sports' coverage of the SEC ON CBS on Saturday, Nov. 5 (6-9:39 p.m. MT), which saw No. 1-LSU beat No. 2-Alabama, averaged 20.011 million viewers (Persons 2+). Saturday night's game was the most-watched regular-season game on CBS Sports in 22 years (22.495 million; Notre Dame-Miami; 11/25/1989).

The game earned an average fast-national household rating/share of 11.5/20, up 161 percent from last year's 4.4/10 (No. 5-Alabama vs. No.12-LSU; 1:30-5:09 PM, MT; 11/6/10). The game also was up 150 percent from CBS Sports' SEC prime-time game on October 1, 2011 featuring then-No. 3 Alabama at No. 12 Florida, which earned a 4.6/8.

Saturday night's game viewership and HH rating/share peaked at 24.305 million viewers and 14.3/26, respectively, from 9:30-9:39 p.m. MT.