CBS earned the second-largest college football overnight of the season for primetime SEC action on Saturday night.
Saturday’s LSU/Alabama college football game drew a 6.9 overnight rating on CBS, down from the network’s lone primetime game last season, Alabama/LSU in week ten (7.0). The 6.9 is the second-highest college football overnight of the season on any network, trailing only the Alabama/Texas A&M game in week three (9.0).
LSU/Alabama trounced all concurrent competition — including Notre Dame/Pittsburgh on ABC (1.9), Texas/West Virginia on FOX (1.6), and Virginia Tech/Miami on ESPN (1.2).
The second-highest overnight of week eleven was a 4.1 for the Thursday night Oregon/Stanford game on ESPN. The 4.1 is the third-highest of the season for college football on cable, trailing only Georgia/South Carolina (4.8) and Michigan/Notre Dame (5.6), both of which aired in week two.
Returning to Saturday’s action, the Mississippi State/Texas A&M game on CBS ranked third for the week with a 3.1 overnight — down 53% from Texas A&M/Alabama last year (6.6), but up 11% from Auburn/Georgia in 2011 (2.8).
Finishing just a tick behind, ABC’s Nebraska/Michigan game earned a 3.0 overnight — up 50% from regional action last year (2.0), but down 14% from regional action in 2011 (3.5).
Rounding out the top five was the previously mentioned Notre Dame/Pittsburgh game. The 1.9 overnight not only marks a 50% drop from Notre Dame/Boston College last year (3.8), but is also tied as the lowest ever for “Saturday Night Football” (dates back to 2006).
As is usually the case, FOX brought up the rear on broadcast with a 0.9 overnight for the afternoon USC/Cal game. The 0.9 overnight is the lowest of the season for college football on any broadcast network.