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

last year.

Ratings represent the percentage of all households with

televisions tuned into a program.