Sport Alabama-LSU delivers highest-rated regular season game in 8 years, CBS says
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Even if Alabama loses to LSU on November 9, its rep might be enough for the Tide to make the College Football Playoff, Michael Weinreb writes.In retrospect, that game felt like the culmination of the pre-playoff era: Two months later, the same teams met in the BCS National Championship game. Alabama won, 21-0. In this way, we learned that a sport that emphasizes the importance of the regular season -- that literally sells itself on the mantra of “Every Game Counts” -- had sold us a bill of goods.
delivered massive ratings for CBS.
The network announced that Saturday’s showdown in Tuscaloosa was the highest-rated regular season college football game on any network in the last eight years. The 9.7/24 national household rating this weekend was a 47 percent increase from last year’s 6.6 rating, the network said. Last year’s game was in the primetime slot while Saturday’s game kicked off at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Saturday’s game peaked between 7 and 7:15 p.m., when it had 20.610 million viewers. The overall game average was 16.636 million viewers, accounting for the most-watched game in the LSU-Alabama series since 2011 when the teams were the top two ranked teams in the country. CBS now has the two highest-rated games of the season with LSU-Alabama joining Notre Dame’s trip to Georgia on Sept. 21.
President Trump planning to attend Alabama-LSU game this weekend
Everyone wants to be in the stadium to watch Alabama-LSU this weekend, even President Donald Trump.
LSU’s win, its first over Alabama since 2011, could propel the Tigers up to No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings. LSU was ranked No. 2 entering Saturday’s game behind No. 1 Ohio State. Alabama was No. 3 and will likely fall behind undefeated Clemson, last week’s No. 5, while No. 4 Penn State is set to tumble following its road loss to No. 17 Minnesota.
LSU (9-0) will travel to play Ole Miss on Saturday while Alabama (8-1) heads to Starkville to face Mississippi State.
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