CFB Week 13 Wrap: SEC Tops Charts Again; NBC Hits Season-Low For N.D. Finale

Posted by | December 3, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Delayed due to the Thanksgiving holiday, here are the final ratings for Week 13 of the college football season.

The Texas A&M/LSU college football game was the top draw of Week 13, earning a 4.7 final rating and 7.5 million viewers on CBS November 23. An SEC team has been involved in the highest rated game of the week nine times in thirteen weeks this season, and that does not include this past weekend.

Overall, Texas A&M/LSU earned the sixth-highest rating and viewership of the season through week thirteen, although the game will almost certainly rank eighth once the week fourteen finals are released.

Ranking second among the week thirteen games was the Baylor/Oklahoma State “Saturday Night Football” game on ABC (4.0, 6.6M), followed by ABC’s regional window (2.7, 4.0M), the Noon ET Michigan State/Northwestern game on ESPN (1.8, 2.5M), and the primetime Arizona State/UCLA game on FOX (1.7, 2.6M).

Outside of the top five, NBC ended its Notre Dame schedule with a 1.5 and 2.3 million for BYU/Notre Dame — the network’s lowest rated and least-viewed game of the season. The previous season-lows were a 1.6 and 2.5 million for the Temple/Notre Dame opener.

Of NBC’s seven Notre Dame telecasts this season, only one — the week four clash with Michigan State — topped a 3.0 rating. Last year, when Notre Dame went undefeated in the regular season, three of NBC’s seven games topped the 3.0 mark.

As last year’s week thirteen slate featured the usual Thanksgiving weekend rivalry games, worthwhile year-over-year comparisons were not possible.

(Week 13 finals from Nielsen, Son of the Bronx)

  • Morgan Wick

    Do you have more specific viewership numbers for TAMU/LSU, BYU/ND, and/or the ABC regional window?