UGA-Bama was most-watched TV game of college season

Alabama’s victory over Georgia in the SEC Championship game drew the largest national television audience of any college football game so far this season.

The CBS telecast of Saturday’s game from the Georgia Dome posted a national Nielsen rating of 9.8, meaning 9.8 percent of U.S. households with televisions tuned in on average. Previously, the highest rated game of the college season was the Nov. 24 Notre Dame-USC game, which posted a 9.4 national rating.

CBS said the SEC title game averaged 16.2 million viewers across the country, peaking at 21.8 million for the final half hour of the telecast..

Locally, almost one-third of metro Atlanta households watched the game on average. The local rating of 32.2 was the highest for any football game — college or pro — on Atlanta TV since this year’s Super Bowl, which posted a 51.3 rating here.

The highest local ratings for Falcons games so far this season are 31.8 for last Thursday’s game against the Saints and 31.1 for the Nov. 4 game against the Cowboys.

One market had a higher rating than Atlanta for the SEC title game: Birmingham, which posted a super-sized 52.6.

Among the nation’s 56 largest markets, the highest ratings for the game outside Birmingham and Atlanta were posted in Jacksonville (22.7), New Orleans (21.5) and Nashville (21.0).

The Atlanta rating translated to an audience of about 740,000 households on average. The local audience peaked with a 39.4 rating — about 900,000 homes — for the telecast’s final 15 minutes.

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Alex S

December 4th, 2012
5:49 pm

Alex S

December 4th, 2012
5:49 pm

Just one more dagger-twist….MAN it would have been great to win that game!!

Westley

December 4th, 2012
5:51 pm

It was great to win it. ;-)

FB

December 4th, 2012
5:51 pm

Glad we gave such great effort. Go Dogs!!!

felix the cat

December 4th, 2012
5:54 pm

Last! Enough said!

Lawdawg

December 4th, 2012
5:54 pm

Was there anything else on Saturday?

doggoneit

December 4th, 2012
5:55 pm

It still hurts! Love my dawgs! Next year our offense will really rock and OUr defense will Reload!!!

Rick James

December 4th, 2012
5:56 pm

@ GT Bob

The SEC rules..Did you see all of those empty seats at the ACC championship game?

DAWGBiTE

December 4th, 2012
5:56 pm

Well after all—It was the true—BCS National Championship.–save media Darling ND.

DAWGBiTE

December 4th, 2012
5:57 pm

@ GT Bob–I am gonna miss those Crap blocks–I man Chop Blocks.–

Put in Timeout by Ken Sugiura,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 4th, 2012
5:58 pm

Yes it was………….and the most 911 calls happened in Georgia 2 hours after the UGa fans stopped beating their wives.

DAWGBiTE

December 4th, 2012
5:59 pm

lol–yes from our trailer homes–right bud?–come up with something new-please?

DAWGBiTE

December 4th, 2012
6:00 pm

I am sure all of you well adjsuted engineers get along with everyone–(SCOFF)

Put in Timeout by Ken Sugiura,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 4th, 2012
6:01 pm

All You A….hole UGa fans show us the illegal Chop Blocks you keep crying about. Man your UGA Pu..y players better get educations and jobs so they can avoid Cut blocks in the NFL…………….Red Thong wearing lovers.

John Smith

December 4th, 2012
6:01 pm

Magical it could’ve been. But UGA showed it can go head to head with the all mighty Alabama. On the plus side, UGA picked up some top recruits with that close performance. It gives them a tougher choice to choose from no matter if it’s Alabama, Florida or whomever. I bet that performance made some recruits twice twice. Awesome game though! Make me look forward to next year. Go UGA!

Put in Timeout by Ken Sugiura,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 4th, 2012
6:02 pm

BEN JONES
BEN JONES
BEN JONES
BEN JONES
BEN JONES
BEN JONES
BEN JONES

MUTTS love their THUG DIRTY PLAYERS.

Robert Hall (Tech DE) beats his womens

December 4th, 2012
6:03 pm

I know i slapped my woman around during the game

Steve

December 4th, 2012
6:03 pm

And “Put in Timeout” likes little boys.

John Smith

December 4th, 2012
6:04 pm

@ Put in Timeout – The True Redncek in you is coming out. Relax… Alabama won moron!

One Bad Dawg

December 4th, 2012
6:05 pm

“Robert Hall (Tech DE) beats his womens ”

I didn’t know Techies had any womens to beats !

Hank Hill

December 4th, 2012
6:06 pm

Apparently the Baylor and Washington coaches weren’t among those watching the game. Otherwise they wouldn’t have lowballed UGA in the Coaches’ Poll.

One Bad Dawg

December 4th, 2012
6:07 pm

all the trailer parks in Alabama were tuned in to the game Saturday night; crime in Alabama was at an all time low in AL this past weekend.

Delbert D.

December 4th, 2012
6:07 pm

Does CBS also know that I recorded the game to skip the commercials?

Robert Hall (Tech DE) beats his womens

December 4th, 2012
6:08 pm

google is your friend. I wouldnt have done it if Joe Hamilton, Rueben Houston and I hadn’t been smoking a blunt getting ready for our “Management” testes.

Bamadawg

December 4th, 2012
6:09 pm

BCS stands for Boycott Crummy System which is what I plan to do.

JFKDawg

December 4th, 2012
6:22 pm

Most viewed because nobody affiliated with the two universities could get a ticket and then to have to be subjected to Gary Danielson and Verne Lundquist constant babbling was beyond the depths of torture.

KJ

December 4th, 2012
6:22 pm

If there’s anything more pathetic than a troll it’s a troll who’s shamelessly proud of being a troll. Losers have to have something to be proud of, I guess.

FootballTopFan(c)

December 4th, 2012
6:30 pm

Congratulations to CBS For broadcasting this epic SEC Championship game !!!

Football Top Fan and college football fans were treated to a game for the ages.

Announcers Vern Lundquist and Gary Danielson did a good job of game analysis and Gary was on top of his game when he suggested that Georgia should have clocked the ball and give themselves two plays to get the game winning touchdown

GREAT game to watch as fans nationwide proved with a record numbers of eyeballs !!!

CHDawg

December 4th, 2012
6:31 pm

I posted this on the Blawg, too. Georgia is a great team and had a great year. The haters are scared to death; they know it. The Dawgs weren’t just beating what is likely the best team in the country; we had them on the ropes. We had several opportunities to put it away and they kept making big plays. Any objective observer knows how well Georgia played and how close we were to being in the NCG vs ND. Richt and staff did a fantastic job. I wouldn’t trade him for anybody, and especially anybody we could hire. Gurley gained a whole lot more than what Alabama gives up to entire teams, on avg. He gained more than any other back facing Bama this year. Our line blocked the best D in the country surprisingly well, and the whole starting offense is back next year except for King and Brown. The offensive line gets the most improved award. Murray is obviously the big unknown. He had a good line last year, but they allowed tremendous pressure. If this line keeps getting better, and Murray returns, UGA should have its best O in history. D is going to need a lot of work, but we should be very strong again next year. If Ogeltree and Jones would come back, I would be at the BCSCG party in February. This fan is very proud of the coaching staff and players! So close to the prize, and that is tough to take. But the haters are absolutely wrong.

DaveDawg

December 4th, 2012
6:31 pm

As opposed to Tech fans, who get beat by their wives.
(FYI, she doesn’t love you, but does love to use you.)

DAWGBiTE

December 4th, 2012
6:33 pm

Lol–Kudos DaveDawg (bows)

Richard

December 4th, 2012
6:37 pm

WHAT??? Not the ACC Championship featuring FSU and Georgia Tech? And all my friends keep asking me as an FSU fan and alum why I would sell my soul to the devil for an SEC or Big 12 invite. But oh well….the powers that be at FSU are too stupid and too weak to stick their middle finger at Swofford and the ACC and say, “See ya!” And funny thing is….now our basketball is starting to get watered down LOL CLASSIC!!!!

DAWGBiTE

December 4th, 2012
6:37 pm

Surprised any GTfans are actually on this Blog with “the Hobbit” coming out this week.

DAWGBiTE

December 4th, 2012
6:41 pm

I can See Tech CPJ squatted down (in secret) holding up a piece of the Sacred Sanford Stadium Privet hedges saying “My Precious”

TTT

December 4th, 2012
6:47 pm

DawgNole

December 4th, 2012
6:52 pm

Delbert D.
December 4th, 2012
6:07 pm

Does CBS also know that I recorded the game to skip the commercials?
_________________________

Good idea. The greed of CBS executives is boundless. CBS–the Commercial Broadcasting System.

JFKDawg

December 4th, 2012
7:01 pm

Whoever said CBS did a good job obviously didn’t listen. Several times Gary and Verne misidentified players and other comments were way off. I think they just giggle while diddling themselves in the broadcast booth. I miss being able to turn the sound off and watch the game while listening to Larry Munson.

ATLien

December 4th, 2012
7:05 pm

Wonder what the ratings numbers in South Bend were. Imagine alot of Irish fans were curious which team was going to be the one to deliver the beatdown on them in January.

Put in Timeout by Ken Sugiura,Filtered by Mark Bradley, Banned once by Bill King & Chip Towers but only slightly loved by Jeff Schultz.

December 4th, 2012
7:15 pm

Robert Hall (Tech DE) beats his womens

When I google UGa Stupident Athletes It fills my search page.

ed DAWG haire

December 4th, 2012
7:22 pm

South Bend had great ratings and Walgreens sold out of xanax in two hours, seems Irish fans are scared!

ed DAWG haire

December 4th, 2012
7:23 pm

Sorry your application to UGA was rejected Put, but an 82 IQ isn’t good enough!

Mikie

December 4th, 2012
7:30 pm

UGA proven it could hang with the SEC’s best Saturday night. Roll Tide but nothing but respect for the Dawgs.

ed DAWG haire

December 4th, 2012
7:31 pm

I live in Bama and the fans have been great and show alot of respect for UGA. Thanks Mikie and good luck!

Top Recruit

December 4th, 2012
7:35 pm

In Hahira is was 95%, and Wetumpka it was 95%.
Everybody I have talked to about the game said it was one of the most exciting and well played games they had seen in years.
Even though we lost, it was fund to watch. Great play by two elite teams, coaches, and staffs. Congrats to Bama for West title and SEC title and top ranking. Congrat to the Dawgs for their 2nd East title and Governor’s trophy and a top ranking.
But now it is time to put some corn in corn bin.
Thank Dawgs, Coach Richt, and coaching staff, managers and the AD Department. Outstanding job!!!

Red Stick

December 4th, 2012
7:46 pm

CHDawg

December 4th, 2012
6:31 pm

“The Dawgs weren’t just beating what is likely the best team in the country; we had them on the ropes. We had several opportunities to put it away and they kept making big plays. Any objective observer knows how well Georgia played and how close we were to being in the NCG vs ND. Richt and staff did a fantastic job.”

Georgia did not play well on the defensive side of the ball. Bama rushed for 350 yards and had 512 total yards. You could not stop the run which is why you lost the game.

If anything, Grantham did not do a very good job.

Geaux Tigers
Go SEC

UGA = DUMB

December 4th, 2012
7:52 pm

still excited that you lost! and it was the most watched loss of the season! you dawg dummies are pathetic…hey red stick, were the LSU fans happy as this bunch of Georgia loons after they gave the Bama game away in Baton Rouge? And going online blogging about their pride in losing?

Paul in NH

December 4th, 2012
7:54 pm

The high ratings are deserved – it was a great game.

On another topic, has Tim deleted some pots from GTBob? If GTBob hasn’t posted, and been deleted, we have some obsessed people on here (which is exactly what Bob wants)

Moist Dawg

December 4th, 2012
7:55 pm

Hey, what a great game! bama fans actually respect us! What a wonderful day! Now let’s root for alabama and florida and the rest of the conference! We really had bama fans nervous and that’s a victory to me!
HOGWASH!!!
You people make me want to puke. We don’t need a new coach as much as we need new fans who aren’t a bunch of sissy, feel good, ninnies.

Fort Worth Dawg

December 4th, 2012
7:55 pm

Everyone go to the Lincoln Journal Star Website and sign up for a free account so you can post comments between now and the bowl game.

Bitter dawg fan

December 4th, 2012
7:56 pm

The bammers have been cool about the game and I do wish the well against

the IRISH drunks———–hahahah—–UGA will have op’s to rise

too a different level next year——-will there be a new “D”

—-that can out do this bunch—–maybe

—-thanks so much for the best game in 30 years

———-MURRAY—–THANKS for exercising your big game —DEMONS

———OAK is a beast taken on lacy —head to head on the goal line

———tree———tough as nails///your brother//top game too