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TV ratings for Texas A&M – Alabama highest in 23 years

Texas A&M Aggies Johnny Manziel carries the ball as Alabama Crimson Tide C.J. Mosley and Ed Stinson pursue in their NCAA SEC game in College Station Reuters

The broadcast of No. 1 Alabama at No. 6 Texas A&M on Saturday afternoon earned the highest ratings for a regular season college football game on CBS in 23 years, the network announced on Sunday.

The much-anticipated matchup won by the Tide, 49-42, earned an overnight household rating of 9.0 and a share of 21.  It was the highest rating for an afternoon regular-season college football game since the Miami-Notre Dame game earned a 10.1 on Oct. 20, 1990.

The ratings peaked around 7 p.m. ET according to the network, which was right about when Johnny Manziel was leading the Aggies on a fourth quarter comeback.

Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with televisions tuned to a program. Shares represent the percentage of all homes with TVs in use at the time. Overnight ratings measure the country’s largest markets.

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25 Responses to “TV ratings for Texas A&M – Alabama highest in 23 years”
  1. ttalarico says: Sep 15, 2013 7:38 PM

    Of course it was a Notre Dame game that was higher!

    GO IRISH!!

  2. cometkazie says: Sep 15, 2013 7:39 PM

    It was worth watching.

  3. aaroncurryisbust says: Sep 15, 2013 7:52 PM

    Manziel and the offense had a great performance, too bad the defense choked.

  4. aaroncurryisbust says: Sep 15, 2013 7:52 PM

    Manziel and the offense had a great performance, too bad the defense choked.

  5. jimbo75025 says: Sep 15, 2013 7:55 PM

    ttalarico says:
    Sep 15, 2013 7:38 PM
    Of course it was a Notre Dame game that was higher!
    ————-

    Yes, almost a quarter of a century ago (possibly the last time ND was truly relevant). If I remember correctly at that period of time, we were lucky if there were three games being televised at the same time unlike today when every game everywhere is televised on one of 250+ channels.

  6. lastdukestreetking says: Sep 15, 2013 9:38 PM

    Actually it was a Miami game.

  7. Deb says: Sep 15, 2013 9:42 PM

    Just goes to show people want to see good matchups–even if they’re all-SEC matchups ;)

  8. ndnut says: Sep 15, 2013 9:56 PM

    The ratings were almost as high as Johnny Football gets on non-gamedays. I kid, I kid.

  9. ndnut says: Sep 15, 2013 9:56 PM

    But seriously…

  10. canetic says: Sep 15, 2013 11:10 PM

    A lot of people watched a lot of terrible defense on both sides. And yet Alabama is still #1.

  11. ttalarico says: Sep 16, 2013 12:04 AM

    Jimbo says: Yes, almost a quarter of a century ago (possibly the last time ND was truly relevant). If I remember correctly at that period of time, we were lucky if there were three games being televised at the same time unlike today when every game everywhere is televised on one of 250+ channels.

    Hey Jimbo, did you not know that the ND vs Michigan game this year set the all time NCAA FB attendance record? Plus ND holds attendance records at many other stadiums across the country. How’s that for relevant?

  12. primetime0552 says: Sep 16, 2013 1:04 AM

    Being popular and being relevant are two completely different things…..

  13. amosalanzostagg says: Sep 16, 2013 9:30 AM

    ttalarico,

    Michigan holds the record, not ND, since it is their facility. Using your logic, you could correctly say that “Hey!, we were in the National Championship game last January!” Never mind the fact that you got your ass handed to you.

    Relevant is Michigan beating ND like Alabama did to you in the National Championship game, they were both losses. Yet you want to crow about having attendance records, fine. Most teams want victories, not stats.

    RTR

  14. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 16, 2013 10:01 AM

    I thought the game was MASSIVELY over hyped. It was a 1 vs 6 matchup when we had a 4 v 5 matchup already this year that didn’t quite go under the radar, but received nowhere near the hype of this game.

    All that said, the game delivered. A&M won the 1st and 4th qtrs but got destroyed in the middle 2.

    Play of the game was Sunseri’s pick 6
    Turning point of the game was Manziels INT in the endzone.
    Player of the game: I’m giving McCarron here a slight edge since they won, but I really think it’s Mike Evans. He was nearly undefendable and shredded the unit that Saban coaches himself.

  15. ttalarico says: Sep 16, 2013 10:27 AM

    To amos:

    Of course we would have rather have won at Michigan and the NCG. I was just commenting on the “not relevant” that I keep hearing from ND haters, that’s all.

    Keep hating, it just makes us more “relavant”!

    And of course, I’m proud that ND played in the NCG. I think any real fan of any school would be regardless of winning or losing.

    Oh, and by the way, do you think Michigan would have set that attendance record playing Central Michigan???

    GO IRISH!

  16. vie05ua says: Sep 16, 2013 11:40 AM

    ND won’t be relevent till they are consistent and, well, show up all season long, and play a conference championship. No one, even ND fans, can deny they were GIVEN games by opponents last year (re: Stanford and USC), and failed to even show up for the NCG.

    And, just to clarify, MICHIGAN had the attendance record, not Notre Dame. Doubtful that ND can fit over 100k fans into their pitiful stadium. Not to mention, there’s a lot of other schools that could have helped Michigan do this other than ND.

    Defend ND all you want, but they haven’t been relevent since Lou Holtz.

  17. vie05ua says: Sep 16, 2013 11:44 AM

    canetic:
    I don’t think it was necessarily terrible defenses on both sides. TAMU has a tough offense, and Mike Evans is a beast. Alabama’s offensive line obviously got the crap drilled out of them after that poor showing against VATech.

    I’ll agree that Alabama’s defense is not what it was last year, but both defenses this weekend looked the part of a NCG team.

  18. ttalarico says: Sep 16, 2013 11:48 AM

    To video

    Continue to hate! I love it!! It just makes us more relevant!!!

    GO IRISH!!!!!

  19. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 16, 2013 12:01 PM

    @vieo5ua

    ‘I’ll agree that Alabama’s defense is not what it was last year, but both defenses this weekend looked the part of a NCG team.”

    I think you mean both “Offenses”. No one would ever say that A&M’s defense looked like a NCG caliber unit.

    A&M’s offense, however looked outstanding and maybe the best in the country.

    They put up more yards than anyone has EVER put up on Saban.

    JFF put up more total yards than anyone EVER has put up against Saban.

    No offense to Oregon, but an unranked Tennessee is not back to back reigning national champ #1 Alabama.

    Saban said in his handshake with Sumlin “You just took 10 years off my life”

  20. vie05ua says: Sep 16, 2013 12:24 PM

    8to80:
    Great offenses can make even the best defenses look bad. TAMU found holes in Alabama’s back zone, which they covered up in the 2nd and 3rd. And Alabama’s o-line actually showed up this week.

    If both defenses were terrible, you would’ve seen even higher basketball scores.

    Look at the offense the defense is stacked against, and how the defense handled it as a whole, rather than just numbers to determine if a defense is good or bad.

  21. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 16, 2013 1:29 PM

    vie05ua says:
    Sep 16, 2013 12:24 PM

    If both defenses were terrible, you would’ve seen even higher basketball scores.
    __________________________

    Bama’s offense is predicated on ball control, running game, and sustaining long drives. That’s not very conducive to basketball scores.

    Bama’s offense is good
    A&M’s offense is great

    Bama’s defense is great
    A&M’s defense is non existent (they gave up 28 to an FCS school and 300+ rush yards to Rice)

  22. cometkazie says: Sep 16, 2013 3:19 PM

    If I am a foot taller than you and muscular to boot, not to mention a tad faster, how are you going to defend me man to man?

    The trick for aTm was to get that match up. I wouldn’t say Evans is “a beast.”

    My 2¢, strictly.

  23. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 16, 2013 4:20 PM

    To be completely honest…. the Aggies still have a realistic shot at the SECCG. It does require that LSU beat Bama and A&M beat LSU but is fairly feasible.

    In that situation all 3 would have the same record and each beaten one of the others. Would come down to BCS rank at the time, and in this scenario LSU would be undefeated with a win over Bama under their belt and A&M would have to beat LSU in the second to last game of the season which fair or not would probably give them the highest ranking of the 3 at the end of the season.

  24. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 16, 2013 4:39 PM

    cometkazie says:
    Sep 16, 2013 3:19 PM

    If I am a foot taller than you and muscular to boot, not to mention a tad faster, how are you going to defend me man to man?

    The trick for aTm was to get that match up. I wouldn’t say Evans is “a beast.”
    ____________________________

    Isn’t that the very sports definition of a Beast? Bigger than you, faster than you, and put up sick numbers against last years #1 defense?

  25. cometkazie says: Sep 16, 2013 5:36 PM

    No. If he was defended by someone more his size, the results may have been different.

    Seems to me his big catches were against that little guy.

    He was fun to watch, I just think he was the better part of the match up. He may not be that fortunate in subsequent games.
    ;)

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