NCAA Week 15: Army/Navy Earns Second-Best Overnight Since ’99

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A close game between rivals Army and Navy attracted solid numbers on CBS.

Saturday’s Army/Navy college football game drew a 4.1 overnight rating on CBS, according to USA Today — up a tick from last year (4.0), and up 17% from 2010 (3.5).

The 4.1 overnight is the second-best for the Army/Navy game since 1999 (4.9), trailing only the 2009 game (4.2).

By a wide margin, the 4.1 is the best overnight of the season for a non-SEC college football game on CBS. Notre Dame/Navy drew a 1.9 overnight on CBS in week one of the season, and Navy/Air Force drew a 1.2 in week six.

The Army/Navy game has had a resurgence in popularity since moving to the week after college football’s conference championship games. From 2004 to 2008, overnight ratings for the game ranged from a a 2.4 to a 3.0. Since the date shifted in 2009, overnight ratings have ranged from 3.5 to 4.2.

(Sunday’s overnight from USA Today)

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  • Ann Brennan

    We were at the game for the first time ever and I have to say I have never experienced anything quite as awesome.  What an incredible game. The Midshipmen and Cadets bring so much energy and the families and friends and military community made for an experience of a lifetime.