LSU Vs. Alabama Was The Most Watched College Football Game In 8 Years, Peaked At 20.6 Million Viewers

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LSU’s 46-41 victory over Alabama on Saturday generated monster TV ratings for CBS.

According to Mike Rodak, the game averaged 16 million viewers and peaked at 20.6 million. It generated a rating of 9.7, which means nearly 10% of households with televisions watched.

Those numbers made it the most-watched college football game since LSU and the Crimson Tide played in 2011. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

Those numbers are borderline pornographic, but they’re not surprising at all. LSU/Alabama was the most-hyped game in recent SEC memory.

Both teams had national title hopes going into Saturday and were in the top three, and both starting quarterbacks are going to be high NFL draft picks and are in the Heisman race.

It had all the ingredients necessary for an epic battle, and it didn’t disappoint at all.

The Tigers looked so damn good for large chunks of the game. Alabama had no idea what the hell had hit them early on.

Nick Saban’s guys made it a fight late in the game, but there’s no doubt the better team walked out of Tuscaloosa with a win.


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Clearly, America was fascinated by the matchup and tuned in by the millions. To tell you how impressive the numbers are, the Tigers beating Alabama did better in the ratings department than the vast majority of the World Series.

That’s a win for college football and America.


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Props to LSU for taking it to the Crimson Tide. It was an absolute blast to watch.