Television ratings grow for college football
College football drew big television audiences this season.
The SEC, with Alabama’s and Florida’s undefeated runs to the
conference title game, was especially popular. The SEC package on
CBS averaged its highest rating since college football returned to
the network in 1996. The 4.4 rating was up 29 percent from last
That beat the average rating on ABC for the first time since
1990. Ratings on ABC were down slightly to a 3.9. But partner ESPN
had its highest rating since 1999; the 2.2 was up 10 percent from
Ratings represent the percentage of all households with
televisions tuned into a program.