Huge Iron Bowl Gets Huge TV Ratings

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Auburn, Ala. (WHNT)– Of course the entire state of Alabama was glued to their TVs Saturday afternoon for the Iron Bowl, but so was the rest of America.

Our news partners at Al.com report the the game received a rating of 8.6, making it the second highest rated football game of the season.   Second to Alabama’s September matchup with Texas A&M.

Al.com reports the game was watched by 291% more people than last year’s Alabama blowout.  In metered markets, where ratings are reported more quickly, the game had the largest audience in Birmingham where it was seen by 82 percent of people watching television at the time.

The second largest audience was in Knoxville followed by Columbus, Ohio.  That’s not surprising since Ohio State fans were hoping for an Alabama loss to put them in the BCS title game.

CBS has the top three-rated college football games of the season: Alabama-Texas A&M (9.0), Alabama-LSU (6.9) and now Alabama-Auburn. Before the Iron Bowl, CBS was averaging a 4.0, the highest for SEC games on CBS at this point in the season since CBS began primarily airing SEC games in 2001. The highest single-season SEC on CBS rating was a 4.4 in 2009, a figure CBS seems poised to surpass this season.

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