CBS’ SEC games again generate high ratings; Iron Bowl most watched game

The Iron Bowl was the most watched college football game this fall. (AP photo)

The Iron Bowl was the most watched college football game this fall. (AP photo)

The SEC game of the week on CBS is must-see TV.

Sorry, wrong network, but you get the point.

The Saturday games on CBS was the highest-rated regular-season college football package “on any network for the sixth consecutive season,” the network stated on Thursday, with an average household rating/share of 4.0/9 for this fall.

Here were the five most watched games on CBS this fall.

  • No. 3 — Alabama defeated Missouri, SEC Championship game, Dec. 6 (12.8 million viewers)
  • No. 4 — Alabama defeated Mississippi State, Nov. 15 (10.3 million viewers)
  • No. 6 — Alabama defeated LSU, Nov. 8 (9.2 million viewers)
  • No. 9 — Alabama defeated Florida, Sept. 20 (8.0 million viewers)
  • No. 10 — Texas A&M defeated Auburn, Nov. 8 (7.2 million viewers)

The SEC Championship game was the “highest-rated and most-watched college football conference championship game of the 2014 season,” the network said, with an average national household rating/share of 7.8/17 and an average of 12.8 million viewers.

The Iron Bowl, which was televised by ESPN, was the most-viewed college football game this fall with an average viewership of 13.5 million viewers and a 7.4 rating. It was the network’s most-viewed regular-season game since 1990, eclipsing USC’s game at Ohio State in 2009 (10.6 million viewers).

The ABC/ESPN umbrella — ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNEWS combined to show 272 FBS games, reaching more than 185.7 million viewers.

If you wonder what folks in Birmingham do on Saturdays, don’t guess any longer.

They watch football.

Birmingham was the top market for ESPN’s college football games for the 14th consecutive season, with a 9.2 rating this year (It also had a 9.2 rating in 2013).

Here are the top 10:

  • No. 1 — Birmingham (9.2 rating)
  • No. 2 — New Orleans (4.2 rating)
  • No. 3 — Knoxville and Greenville (4.1 rating)
  • No. 5  — Memphis and Atlanta (3.8 rating)
  • No. 7 — Jacksonville (3.5 rating)
  • No. 8 — Oklahoma City (3.4 rating)
  • No. 9 — Tulsa (3.1 rating)
  • No. 10 — Nashville (2.9 rating)

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