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)