Neither game was a blockbuster in the ratings, but Georgia/Auburn and Stanford/USC topped the charts during week twelve of the college football season.
Saturday’s Georgia/Auburn college football game drew a 3.5 overnight rating on CBS, up 46% from Mississippi/LSU last year (2.4), and up 119% from Mississippi State/Auburn in 2011 (1.6). Despite the gaudy increases, Georgia/Auburn ranks near the middle of the pack for college football on CBS this season — sixth out of the network’s 13 total telecasts.
Georgia/Auburn tied the top overnight rating of week twelve, tying the Stanford/USC “Saturday Night Football” game. The 3.5 for USC’s upset win was down 36% from Oregon/Stanford last year (5.5), and down 40% from regional action featuring USC/Oregon in 2011 (5.8).
Stanford/USC ranks sixth out of ABC’s ten “Saturday Night Football” broadcasts this season.
The nation’s top three teams rounded out the top five. Alabama’s win over Mississippi State ranked third on ESPN (2.5), regional action featuring Florida State’s blowout of Syracuse ranked fourth on ABC (2.4), and ESPN’s Noon ET Ohio State/Illinois game ranked fifth (2.3).
In other college football action, FOX earned a 2.1 overnight for the primetime Texas Tech/Baylor game — even with Oklahoma/West Virgina last year, and the network’s third-highest overnight of the season. Only Ohio State/Cal in week two (2.4) and abbreviated coverage of Texas Tech/Oklahoma in week nine (2.6) drew better overnights.
The early game on FOX, pitting Oklahoma State against Texas, drew a 1.7 overnight — down 37% from USC/UCLA last year (2.7). Over on Fox Sports 1, the afternoon Utah/Oregon game had a 0.5 overnight.