Saban’s Return To LSU Flat In Overnights


Saturday’s clash between top ten SEC rivals Alabama and LSU was even with last year’s matchup between the teams, but trailed their 2008 meeting.

LSU’s victory over Alabama earned a 4.4 overnight rating on CBS Saturday afternoon, flat compared to both last year (LSU/ALA: 4.4) and 2008 (GA/FLA: 4.4).

The game marked the second return of Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban to Baton Rouge since leaving LSU five years ago. Saban’s first return in 2008 earned a 5.5 overnight.

The 4.4 overnight for Alabama/LSU is the lowest of the season for an Alabama telecast on CBS (four telecasts). The previous three games each earned at least a 5.0 overnight.

Of course, Alabama was the nation’s #1 team for all three of those games.

Having said that, Alabama/LSU was the top college football telecast on broadcast over the weekend, topping both games of ABC’s college football doubleheader (3.6 and 2.8).

(Rating from Sports Business Daily)