SEC championship game thriller draw huge TV rating for CBS

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              Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) celebrates his touchdown against Georgia during the second half of the Southeastern Conference championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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The SEC championship thriller between Alabama and Georgia on CBS drew the highest television rating for regular-season college football game in seven years.

CBS announced Sunday the game drew a 10.52 rating, an increase of 25 percent over last year’s SEC title game between Auburn and Georgia and the best rating for any non-bowl game since LSU and Alabama played a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in November 2011. That Game of the Century got an 11.9 rating on CBS.

The network said Alabama’s 35-28 victory Saturday was the second-best rating for an SEC championship since the event started in 1992, trailing only Florida-Alabama in 2009 at 11.8.

The pervious highest-rated game this season was Ohio State-Michigan last week on Fox, which drew a 7.5 rating.